John W. Goodman


John “Jay” Goodman, Columbus, Ohio, was born January 30, 1975 and departed this life on July 17, 2020.

John will be forever and lovingly remembered for his perfect balance of strength and sensitivity, his dedication to his family and friends whom he loved, and his keen sense of humor.

John, the middle of three children, was the most accident-prone, had a legendary fear of mice, and loved to make people laugh. His propensity for dog bites, falls, and a run-in with a lawn mower did not dampen his love of sports, which he shared with his son, brother, and nephews.

John shared a very special bond with his mother, remaining a “Mama’s Boy” to the very end. He also took every opportunity to share the pride he felt for his children.

John is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Robert Goodman and James and Ruby Mathews.

John is survived by his parents, John and Donna Mathews; partner, Ebony Smith; children, Ja’la, Jalin, and Malika Goodman; grandson Avion Goodman; sister, Shawnta (Bobby) Greene; brother, Justin (Charmaine) Mathews; grandmother, Annie Devonshire; 5 stepchildren, 6 nieces and nephews; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

John was a loving friend to many who are saddened by his death.

Private Services entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Condolence Messages

  1. Rest In Peace Jay! You will be missed! Never Forgotten cuz!

  2. I am deeply saddened by the news of John’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Love always,

    • My deepest condolences to John’s family. I went to High School with him and he was always a cool, funny guy. He will be missed.
      Praying for comfort!

  3. I cant believe you are gone my brother. You will be missed by so many!

  4. Delora Taylor

    To the family of John. You have my deepest sympathy and I’m praying for strength, understanding and comfort. I worked in the accounting office at Columbus Cadillac where I met John 1995 through 1997. Oh the fun, deep conversation, parenting, and laughter we had together. I left and became a nurse. I seen John’s name in my workque to call to schedule an appointment in our infusion center. I had a feeling I knew him. So one day I left my unit and walk over to his unit at the hospital where he was surrounded by his children. Soon as I seen his face I knew it was him. After I told him who I was and where I knew him from his face lit up. I’m so thankful that God led me to see him and be able to talk about old times. I will always remember that smile and our time together!! Rest in peace my brother!!! You will always be remembered!

  5. Charmine atchley

    Rest In Peace to the best uncle and brother in law ever. Your nieces and nephews and I and your brother will forever miss you. We love you alway and forever.

  6. Tamika Hollis-Smart

    My heartfelt condolences to Jay’s family. Jay was my childhood friend whom I used to live across the street from. We had some good times back then. He was always fun to be around. Jay will be greatly missed. Sending prayers of comfort to his family and friends.

  7. Not just my cousin but my big brother! You’ve always been a part of my life and I will always love you and you will truly be missed! Give my dad a hug for me!

  8. Len and Lorraine Ball (Coach Ball)

    Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with you at this difficult time. John was a terrific wrestler and a huge part of the Marion Franklin family. He will be missed but we know he’s at peace now.
    God bless to all.

  9. You will truly be missed. You touched the hearts of all those you ever made contact with. Miss you little bro.

  10. Love you Jay. Rest in peace. God loves you more. Well done my cousin. Meet you in heaven. God bless.

  11. Kastana Britford

    My condolences to the family, you all will continue to be in my prayers! I’ll never forget when l met Jay, my “first” Republic Ave BLOCK PARTY!! I didn’t believe such a tiny man could literally flip down the street, but you did! You were such a joy to be around! I am deeply saddened that you are no longer with us physically but the memories we have of you will last a lifetime ! Rest Well !!

  12. Jason Sheppard

    Rest In Peace Jay going to miss you my brother going to remember the laughs we had back in the flag football days. Condolences to the family pray that God comforts everyone who had a chance to know Jay.

  13. Jaylon Jackson

    You were always so passionate when you spoke. You’ll never be forgotten. Rest In Peace King.

  14. Jeffrey jackson

    My condolences to the family!
    Jay was a great man with a huge heart…..My Prayers are with you all!

    Jeff Jackson(Jazz)

  15. The service was beautiful! I’m still in disbelief!! John, you’re no longer in pain and no longer sick. You are at peace and with God.
    You’re one of his Angels now. Rest easy, until we meet again my dearest, dearest, dearest friend.
    I love you forever and will miss you so much

    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
    John 3:16

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