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Essie Juanita Payne Goode

Essie Juanita Payne Goode died on June 9th, 2014, almost 93 years old, after a long courageous battle with leukemia and other severe respiratory problems.
Essie was born on June 20th, 1921, at Mountain City, TN.  She was the daughter of Issac “Pop” and Vada Johnson Payne.  Essie’s stepmother was Cora Mae Dyson Payne.
Essie was one of a family of 17 brothers and sisters.  There is one living sister, Lacie Cress of Mtn. City, TN.  Her deceased brothers and sisters are Rod and Ralph Payne, Bertha Walker, Gertrude Ellis and Myrtle Rodriguez.  There were ten half brothers and sisters:  Robert, Samuel, Bill and Bud Payne, Eda Mae Payne Parson, Dorothy Payne White and Mary Payne Morton are deceased; Barbara Payne Belcher, Maggie Payne Anthony, Geraldine Payne Swift are surviving.
In 1943, Essie married Guy G. Goode at Elkton, MD.  Guy would die in 1973.  She was the loving mother of seven children from this marriage. Guy G. “Jerry” Goode  Jr., is deceased; those living  are David P. Goode, James E. Goode, John F. Goode, S. Benita Goode, Delores A. Goode Vaughan and Vada Denise “Susie’ Goode Bowles.
Essie was the proud grandmother of 13 grandchildren; they are Adam Goode, Michelle Goode, Jennifer Goode, Caitlin Goode, Lisa Goode Clark, Sashia A. Pundzak, Ashley A. Lilly Kendrix, Amber A. Lilly Holtzclaw, Michael Goode, Sarah Goode, Susan Davis, Christina Bowles and Laura Bowles.
Essie was also blessed with 15 great grandchildren;  Leslie, Bentley, Mykenzee, Maddox, Maddigan, Myles, Ryan, Taylor, Noah, Alexander, Carter, Cierra, Jonathan, Serena and Markayla.  Also surviving are many wonderful nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.  Among them is a special niece, Ruth Delmoro.
Essie’s professional career began in 1941, when she served our country as a “Rosie Rivitor.”  She was a detonator specialist for three years during WWII in Elkton. 
After her children were born, Essie became a professional day care provider in her home at 107 Vale Street in Beckley.  She continued to work until she was 75 years old.
Essie has made her home for the past 24 years with her daughter, Benita Goode on Crescent Road in Beckley.
There was a “Service of Remembrance” on Friday, June 13th at 3:00 pm at the Melton Mortuary Chapel, 1200 Harper Road, Beckley.  Pastor Dennis Epperly and Fr. Penumaka Manikyalarao officiated.  Essie was laid to rest in the Sunset Memorial Park.  Family members and friends served as pallbearers.   The family received friends from 1:00 pm until the hour of the service. 
Essie will be honored and sadly missed by many, especially her grandchildren, great grandchildren and many others whom she cared for.
Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at
Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley, WV.