Obituary – Hoyt Goodner (1934-2020)


Hoyt Goodner, 86, of Waldron, passed from this life on Monday, November 30, 2020 in a Waldron nursing home. The son of Orval K. Goodner and Effie Taylor Goodner, he was born June 24, 1934 in Boles, Arkansas.

Graduating from Waldron High School in 1951, Hoyt attended Arkansas Polytechnic College (Arkansas Tech) and Arkansas State Teachers College (University of Central Arkansas). After serving in the U.S. Army and National Guard, his career path was varied…he was a Sales Representative for Southwestern Bell in Stillwater, OK, Administrator at Scott County Hospital/Pinewood Nursing Home in Waldron, and retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Havana where he was a rural mail carrier. Hoyt was a member of Havana United Methodist Church.

Hoyt enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and golfing. Working crossword puzzles was another passion of Hoyt’s until his vision declined. But above all else, Hoyt loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Preceding Hoyt in death were his parents, Orval and Effie Goodner, and brother, Harland Goodner.

He is survived by daughter, Karan Rogers (Joe Don) of Waldron, son, Greg Goodner (Carolyn) of Greenwood, granddaughters, Kayleigh Hill (Michael) of Arlington, TX, Darby Knox (Taylor) of North Little Rock, Madison Goodner of Greenwood, and great-granddaughter, Kameryn Hill of Arlington, TX. Hoyt is also survived by his sister, Oleta Lewis (Harrell) of Cabot, sister-in-law, Marlene Goodner of Benton, and the mother of his children, Linda Goodner of Waldron, as well as, several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, December 4, 2020 from 5-7 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron. A private family committal service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Havana United Methodist Church in care of Martin Funeral Home, P.O. Box 786, Waldron, AR 72958

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