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Alvin "Bud" Goforth

April 21, 1933 — April 21, 2023

Alvin “Bud” Goforth, Jr., passed away at his home in Brighton on his 90th birthday. He was born to parents Alvin P. Goforth, Sr. and Lee Amy Baskin Goforth on April 21, 1933, and was one of ten children. In his younger years, he was an assembly line worker for Ford Motor Company, before later joining the United States Army, where he worked in securities and intelligence. After his time in the service, he worked as a computer specialist for the Department of the Navy as the head of network support, which he retired from. Growing up in rural West Tennessee, Bud had a penchant for country living and spent many years raising cattle. He was an active member and later the director of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association. A man of unshakable faith, he was an elder and founding member of the Church at Shiloh. He loved the challenge of a good golf game, and played in many tournaments with his wife, Shirley. He even tried to teach the kids and grandkids how to play. Mr. Alvin loved his family dearly, and that extended on to the pets as well. He had a special place in his heart for his two dogs, Prince and Dude, and treated them like children. Some might even say he favored those dogs over the two-legged kids at times! He is survived by his wife of 69 wonderful years, Shirley Dawson Goforth; four children, Janett (Glenn) Horne, Vickie (Mark) Smith, Wanda (Jeff) Scott, and Wade Goforth; seven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members. He is preceded in death by his parents, Alvin P. Goforth, Sr. and Lee Amy Baskin Goforth; six brothers, Kenneth Hayes Goforth, Waldon Gift Goforth, Warner Allen Goforth, Russell Leon Goforth, Charles “Holey” Goforth, and William “Billy” Goforth; three sisters, Mary Lee Delashmit, Sarah Frances Kinney and infant Lillian Pearl Goforth, and his dogs, Prince and Dude. Graveside services with military honors for Alvin “Bud” Goforth will be held at 2p.m. on Monday, April 24, at Indian Creek Cemetery in Brighton. There is no visitation planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to the Veteran’s Administration, Samaritan’s Purse, Gateway Baptist Church, or a charity of your choice.
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