Marvin Ray Good of Cuba, Missouri was born on Saturday, April 15, 1944, at Flett Hospital in Kimball, Nebraska (closest hospital to parents’ residence near Pine Bluffs, Wyoming) to Oliver Wendell Good and Alice Good, nee Rinehart. He passed away at Steelville Senior Living in Steelville, Missouri on Thursday, April 13, 2023, at the age of 78 years, 11 months and 29 days.
He attended elementary school in Thomasville, Missouri and Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, and graduated high school at Alton, Missouri in 1962, where he met his wife of 56 years, Sandra Bragg. He received the Associate Degree from Hannibal-LaGrange College, Hannibal, Missouri, in 1964, the Bachelor’s Degree from Northeast Missouri State College, Kirksville, Missouri, in 1966, and the Master’s in Education from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas in 1973. He began his education career at Steelville High School, Steelville, Missouri, and then moved to teach for 2 years at his alma mater in Alton, Missouri. In 1969 he was drafted into the United States Army, where he served as a chaplain assistant for 21 months, including a year in Vietnam. Upon his release from military duty, he served 1 year at Hannibal-Lagrange College as an admissions counselor. He then entered Arkansas State University and prepared to become a guidance counselor. His first position as high school counselor was at Stockton, Missouri, where he served 3 years prior to moving to Cuba High School in 1976, serving there for 20 years before retiring in 1996. After retirement he served part time with the Franklin County Special Education Cooperative, spending 13 years as a psychological examiner in 8 different school districts. He was an active member, deacon, and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church in Cuba, Missouri.
By Marvin’s own admission, the two most important decisions he made in life were to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord in 1955, and to marry Sandra Bragg in 1966. God blessed this marriage with two wonderful children, Vonda Kay in 1975 and Timothy James in 1985. Further blessings were the addition to the family of John Westmoreland in 1997, Maddie Westmoreland in 2001, Annelise Westmoreland in 2004, Blaine Bell in 2010, Jenna Good, Noah Geisler, Carter Jesse, and Elijah Jesse in 2022.
He was preceded in death by his parents Wendell and Alice Good; grandparents Oliver and Irene Good, and John and Della Rinehart; father-in-law Edward Bryan Bragg; mother-in-law Cora Fariss; step-father-in-law Clyde Edward Fariss; brother Everett Wendell Good; brothers-in-law Milford Williams, Edward “Sonny” (Mona) Bragg, Robert (Julie) Bragg, Richard (Velma) Bragg, Charles Bragg, and Wendall Bragg; and sister-in-law Rita Strum.
He is survived by his loving wife Sandra Good of the home; daughter Vonda (John) Westmoreland of Orlando, FL; son Timothy (Jenna) Good of Cuba, MO; sisters ReDella Good of Frisco, TX and Jean Williams of Opelika, AL; granddaughters Maddie Westmoreland and Annelise Westmoreland both of Orlando, FL; grandsons Blaine Bell, Noah Geisler, Carter Jesse, and Elijah Jesse all of Cuba, MO; nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
Visitation was from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, at First Baptist Church, Cuba, MO. Funeral Service immediately followed at 1:00 PM with Rev. Bob Knight and Rev. Jim Moore officiating. Burial was at Meramec Hills Cemetery, Cuba, MO.
All arrangements under the care of Hutson Funeral Home, Cuba, MO.
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