The death of Major Walter A. Goodman, which occurred on Saturday night last, at his residence on Shelby street, was a surprise to many of his most intimate friends, and the first knowledge many had of his illness was the announcement in yesterday's papers that he had passed away.
Major Goodman was stricken while on duty at the Courthouse last Tuesday, and failing to obtain relief by a simple antidote, he went home and to bed where his medical adviser, Dr. Saunders, found him in great agony. The application of various remedies appeared to be ineffectual, and opiates to deaden the sense of pain proved the only apparent comfort to the sufferer. It was known from the beginning that the case was a desperate one, and some time previous to dissolution the propriety of performing a surgical operation to reach the seat of trouble was considered by his physicians, but it was decided to be unwise and not attepted.
Major Goodman passed quietly away on Saturday night, and his funeral occurred yesterday afternoon. A large assemblage gathered at the family residence to attend the obsequies, which were conducted by the Rev. Dr. George White, rector of Calvary church, and despite the bitter cold weather many went to Elmwood Cemetery to witness the last earthly rites paid to his remains. Among the rest was a numerous delegation from the Chickasaw Lodge, I.O.O.F., of which the lamented deceased was a zealous and respected member. The beautiful burial service of the order formed a part of the ceremonies at the grave. Each member of the brotherhood present dropped a sprig of evergreen upon the coffin lid, a regalia representing the rank attained by the deceased, that of Past Grand, was deposited in the grave, a burial hymn was chanted, a prayer read, and the benediction was next pronounced by the Very Rev. Dr. White, after which the grave was filled. Then a number of beautiful floral tributes were laid upon it, and the sorrowing mourners returned to their houses.
Originally posted in the Public Ledger January 22 1883.
Walter A. Goodman was born March 21 1830 in Ohio. He was the son of Walter and Anna Merrill Goodman. In 1850 the Goodman's were living in Marshall County Mississippi. His father was listed as a Land Agent born in Massachusetts in 1803 with a real estate valued at $7,000. Anna, his mother, was 46 and also born in Massachusetts. In 1860 Anna and Walter are living in Holly Springs. His nativity is incorrectly listed as Ireland. Walter's occupation is now that of President of the Mississippi Central Railroad.
Walter died April 16 1866 and was interred at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Rochester New York per Tombstone Inscriptions from Section I of Mt. Hope Cemetery. A death notice appeared in the Daily Union and American on April 26 1866: "Walter Goodman, First President of the Mississippi Central railroad, died in New York city on the 16th inst."
In 1870, Anna Goodman is widowed, 66 years old and keeping house in Holly Springs Mississippi. Her total estate is valued at $16,500. Anna Merrill Goodman was born April 6 1800 in Pittsfield Massachusetts and died July 14 1876 in Holly Springs Mississippi. She was buried at Hill Crest Cemetery in Holly Springs. Her obituary appeared in the Memphis Daily Appeal July 18, 1876: Died on Thursday, the 13th inst. at her residence in Holly Springs, Miss., Mrs. Anna Goodman, widow of the late Walter Goodman, of that place, and mother of Major W.A. Goodman, of this City.
On May 18, 1859, Walter A Goodman and Corinne Acklen were joined in wedlock at Madison County Alabama.
During the Civil War Walter Goodman served as a Captain in the First division of Forrest's Cavalry as reported in the Public Ledger Dec. 16 1882 but also served as Captain and AAG, reporting to General Chalmers in Mississippi according to his Military records on Fold3.
In 1870 Walter, Corinne and their children were living in Memphis. Walter was an Insurance Agent. Their children were Walter age 10 (mistakenly listed as female), Corinne age 6, Norma age 2 and Lulu age 8. In 1880 Walter is a merchant and his son, Walter Jr is a clerk. Corinne is still keeping house. The children are Louise age 18, Corinne age 16, Norma age 12 and William age 5.
Walter Goodman and his family are interred at Elmwood Cemetery. For more information about the Goodman family check out A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans.