Billy Manuel “Bill” Goodson Jr. was released from earthly life Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville.

He was the third son born to the late Billy M. and Mary M. Goodson. It’s unusual that Jr. is part of a third son’s name but Billy Sr. made that decision with four words: “Look at his hands.” Billy Jr. was an absolutely excellent guitar player – a skill and talent passed down from Billy Sr. who, in his earlier years, had his own band, played the guitar and the upright bass. Billy Jr. spent many years as a road musician performing with Chuck Berry, Bill Withers, Earth, Wind & Fire, and others. A common, often-spoken expression of him was, “Bill can pop ‘em strangs!” Billy Jr., too, was equally talented on the bass guitar but preferred either the lead or rhythm guitar.

He is survived by his first daughter, Matila; and son Billy III, all closely knit with all three having birthdays in the month of August: on August 13, 14, and the 4 respectively. Second daughter Sarah took him on a weeklong birthday trip this past August wherein cherished memories were made with loads of pictures. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Dustin, Matthew, Patrick, Varil, Braycen, Brenden and Meadow; three great-grandchildren, Matieus, Mayla and Callie; brother, Joe; sister, Evelyn; six nephews, Victor, Derek, Dion, Marlin, Joe Jr. and Manuel; and four nieces, Eve, Angela, Michelle and Denise.

The family will receive friends 1 – 2 p.m., Saturday, November 27 in the chapel of Dockery-Senter Funeral Home with funeral services to follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor Reginald Strong officiating. Burial will follow at Rock of Ages Cemetery.

Arrangements by:

Dockery Senter Funeral Home

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