That's really the only way I can describe it. My heart hurts. a little over a week ago I lost my hero and role model- my grandfather. He worked hard his whole life, never met a stranger, loved everyone and everything, loved to tell jokes, and was the most amazing person I've ever known. Below is one of the stories we wrote for the paper, though I don't think they ever printed it. I figured I'd share some of just the little thing's he's accomplished over the years... I love you grandaddy!
David Luther Goforth, 89, of Dallas Texas Passed away December 5, 2012 due to
complications of lung cancer. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Bettye, 5
children, 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He honorably
served in the US Navy Air Corps during WWII as Aviation Cadet V-5. Worshipful
Master of Garland Masonic Lodge, Worthy Patron of the Garland Eastern Star,
Founder and First Worshipful Master of the Vickery Masonic Lodge, former
Director of Southern Bank of Garland, Ordained Deacon of First Babtist Dallas,
former President of the White Rock Rotary Club.
David was born April 21, 1923 in Garland, TX where he grew up working on the cotton farms of Garland and Lake Highlands area. After graduating from Garland High School in 1940 he was drafted to the Cleveland Indians in 1941 but turned downthe oportunity to stay home and work the farm. He attended North Texas
Agricultural College (A&M) where he was when he joined the US Navy Air
Corps for WWII. In 1948 he married Bettye Jean White of Gatesville, TX. David
continued working cotton and corn farms until 1954 and then began ranching
raising quarter horses and beef cattle all over North and East Texas until
2008. David and Bettye loved to travel and visited many beautiful places over
the years. David played mens softball and eventually senior softball
competing in the Senior Softball World Series in 1989, 1990, 1994 where he made an unassisted tripple play from third base. In 2000 he was the MVP of the
Senior Softball All-Star Team. He continued to play until 2003 at the age of
80. David and Bettye resided in Athens, TX several times over the years and
recently relocated back to Dallas.
David never met a stranger and could talk up a room. He was well known for
telling jokes and always wore a smile.
"He left third base... he finally stole home."