Dr. Stephen Mayes Goodson

January 14, 1949 ~ October 5, 2021 (age 72)


Stephen Mayes Goodson was born in Morristown, Tennessee on January 14, 1949. He passed away on, 0ctober 5, 2021 in Charleston, SC after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Steve attended Morristown High School and received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He worked with M.S. McClellan & Co. in Knoxville before returning to school to pursue graduate degrees in theology and psychology with a focus on Christian counseling.  Steve later settled in Hilton Head, SC., where he started a counseling practice, working with local churches in need of congregational support and pastoral counseling. In Hilton Head he met his wife Sharon Watkins Goodson and in 1997 the family moved to Mount Pleasant, SC, where Steve reestablished his practice. In March of 2000 they gave birth to a son, Christian Tate Goodson.  

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Noe Goodson and Willie Ruth Mayes Goodson. He is survived by his wife Sharon and son Tate Goodson (Mount Pleasant); brother David Goodson (Nancy, Knoxville); nephews Neil Goodson (Elisabeth, Knoxville), and Ben Goodson (Knoxville).

Steve will be remembered as a devoted father, loving husband, and true friend to those who crossed his path in life.  With his outgoing personality, he rarely met a stranger and always made those around him feel important and loved. Whether you met at Church or the golf course, Steve had a natural openness about him that drew people in. If you needed a friend, you knew that Steve was always there for you - it was his gift and his calling in life.

The family will receive friends on October 7th at 10am at First Baptist Church, Mount Pleasant, SC, followed by a celebration of life at 11am.  There will be a graveside service at 11am on Sunday, October 10th at Emma Jarnagin Cemetery in Morristown, TN.

Donations in Steve’s memory can be made to the Helen Ross McNabb Foundation ChildNet Fund (, 200 Tech Center Drive, Knoxville, TN 37912), to Samaritan’s Purse (, or a charity of your choice.

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Graveside Service
October 10, 2021

11:00 AM
Emma Jarnagin Cemetery (Morristown)

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