Don Goddard

Don Richard Goddard

1928 - 2023

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Obituary of Don Richard Goddard

Don Richard Goddard, 94, of Charlotte, passed away January 7, 2023. Born September 30, 1928 in Greensburg, Indiana, he was the son of the late Miles and Dorothy Goddard.


Don who many knew as “Lefty” served in the United States Airforce, graduated from Indiana University, where he received his bachelors degree in business management. Don retired from Auto-Owners Insurance Company after 30 years and 3 months. He was an avid tennis player and periodically played in tournaments with the Bad News Bears of the Charlotte Indoor Tennis Club, where he often could be found hanging out with the guys. He enjoyed a variety of sports such as football, basketball and baseball.


Don touched many with his stories of growing up in Indiana, his wisdom and his laugh. He will be greatly missed by many, but will forever be in our hearts.


Don is survived by his daughter Jill Goddard-Gribbin and husband David, grand daughter Emily Gribbin, his grand daughter Jene Therrell and husband Austin, grandson Dale Goddard and his great grand children Tucker and Cooper Therrell.


In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his wife Elinor, his son Bradley and his brother William.


The family will receive friends from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at Hankins and Whittington Funeral Service, located at 1111 East Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28203. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm, immediately after, in the Chapel at Hankins and Whittington. Interment will follow at Sharon Memorial Park, Charlotte, NC


If you would like to make a donation in Don's name, the family asks they be made to Levine & Dickson Hospice House Southminster


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We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Hankins and Whittington Funeral Services