When life is hard, and times are rough, there is always that one person who tries to bring levity to the situation, put life into perspective. Joe Delafield Goode married his sweetheart, Lily Carver, and they left here for awhile, moving to Detroit to work for the Ford Motor Company. When they returned to this area, Jodee, as his family called him, was the proud owner of a 1927 Ford Touring Car (like the one shown in picture above), and above all things, Jodee was a consummate showman!
Their show took place at the store at 88, KY, where Jodee had grown up. The town of 88 has never been a large place, but everyone congregated everyday at the store to hear the latest news, to buy, sell, or trade, or to just sit around watching the comings and goings at the community hub on Burkesville Highway, one of the busiest thoroughfares in the county. The road was not yet paved in the 1920s, and coming from Glasgow, or Burkesville, 88 sits atop a hill, so when it rained, the road was ruts and mudholes.
On one of those less than lovely days, the fancy car pulled up in front of the store, and the sight was one to behold. Jodee emerged from the driver’s seat, dressed in full tux with tails, with a top hat he jauntily tipped upon his head as he dashed around the car to open the passenger door. Quite a crowd had gathered to see the petite hand emerge from the interior, encased in a white silk glove, the kind that were worn for special occasions, that encased the hand and arm, all the way up. Lily daintily stepped from the car, dressed in a dazzling white ballroom gown that hugged her svelte figure, with kid slippers on her feet to match. She nimbly and gracefully, with Jodee’s gentlemanly assistance, jumped across the mud puddle beside the car, and swept onto the front porch and into the store.
The expression of those days was “topping the dog,” and this fresh and vivacious young couple did that every chance they got. They managed to brighten the lives of everyone who knew them. On a cold night in December 1929, all of their bright days and laughter were tragically shattered. They were an inspiration to local young people, and were fondly remembered by my father and his siblings, and by my mother’s mother, and her siblings. All being cousins in a somewhat large family, I heard many stories of Jodee and Lily’s escapades, some I cannot share here, but they were fun, and funny. And very determined to not let society set their roles in it.
The following was taken from the Glasgow Times, sometime in December 1929, their deaths being on December 15.
“Mr. and Mrs. Joe D. Goode lost their lives Sunday just before night, on the Dixie highway, about 8 miles this side of Bowling Green, near the home of Mr. Frank Amos.
“Mr. and Mrs. Goode and Mr. RE Wilkinson of near this place were on their way to Bowling Green, in Wilkinson’s new Ford car. The road was nice and at the time Mr. Goode was doing the driving, and making fast time. His wife asked him to slow up, as he was going too fast. When Mr. Goode put his foot on the four wheel brake, the car turned over two or three times, and landed in the ditch beside the road.
“Both Mr. and Mrs. Goode were killed instantly, both having fractured skulls. When help arrived, their dead bodies were taken from under the car. Mr. Wilkinson was slightly injured.
“The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Goode were taken to Bowling Green where they were prepared for burial and then brought to this place, and Tuesday taken to Eighty-Eight (88), where they were interred in a single grave, after funeral services conducted by Rev. Goodson, pastor of the Methodist Church of this place.
“Mr. Goode was a Glasgow boy, where he was born and has lived nearly all his life. He and his wife were working in Detroit for a time,but came home on account of the illness of relatives.
“Mr. Goode is survived by his mother, Mrs. Nannie Goode, who is desperately ill with typhoid, and was not informed of the accident. He also leaves five brothers and four sisters: Messrs. Charles Henry, JR, AF, Clayton, and Paul Goode. Mrs. Lora Broady, Mrs. Annie B. Davidson, Mrs. Rebie Landrum, and Miss Mayple Goode, all of this county.
“Mrs. Goode is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Carver, formerly of Austin, later of this place, but now of Bowling Green. She also leaves some brothers and sisters.”
The were buried in the Refuge Cemetery, in 88, KY.
On an ending note, it was brought to my attention that two of his sisters, Rebie Elmore and Lou Emma Landrum, were left out of the obituary. The obituary was posted here verbatim from the newspaper of that time. Apologies to loved ones that I didn’t catch it when I first went to print.