Phillip Arthur (Bubba) Goodwin, 66, was born May 4, 1955, to J.B. (Budge) and Lucille Steen Goodwin in Gonzales County. He joined his father, mother, sister, Phyllis Elizabeth Goodwin, and loved ones in heaven on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. He married Jacquelyn (Jackie) Cardwell on June 26, 1982, in Gonzales. Bubba is survived by his wife Jackie, daughter, Sorrelle Leigh Goodwin, grandsons, Christian William Malatek and Luke Theodore Hagan, half-brother, Don Parr and wife Linda, and distant cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He graduated from Gonzales High School in 1973. He chose to go straight to work instead of going to college.
Bubba was a Past Exalted Ruler and lifetime member of the Gonzales Elks Lodge, a past NCHA judge, and veteran of the National Guard. As his many friends can attest, he was a storyteller and a good one at that. His adventurous life was colorful. He was raised country; his childhood was running wild in the Dilworth River bottom of the home place. Bubba was a jack of all trades.
During his life, he owned and ran his own Kenworth, had numerous boats and fast cars, and was a team roper. After meeting his wife, Bubba became a cutting horse owner and judge, had a Harley-Davidson, became an airplane owner and pilot, owned a business in Mexico, and for most of his adult life, worked as a certified rig welder all over. Always being in a ranching family, he helped his dad run all their operations. After retiring from the welding business, he focused on his Brahman cattle, oil business, his multiple businesses in Port O’Connor, and his South Texas deer ranch.
What will be missed most of all, was his knack at giving people lifelong nicknames, storytelling, and jokes. He would have a drink, or 10, with anyone willing. Even after a 5-way heart bypass in 2001, he was ready for a party. Eventually, his hard living caught up with him. His last battle lasted two weeks in the hospital, but his heart was done.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 25, 2022, at 2:00 PM in Seydler-Hill Funeral Home, with Pastor Matt Pennington officiating. Interment will follow in the Gonzales Masonic Cemetery. Pallbearers include: Dwayne Fishbeck, Dub Whitehead, David Shelton, Kurt Trammell, Bobby Logan, and Cody Kincaid. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the: Elks National Foundation or the American Heart Association.
Friends and family may leave their condolences and sign the guestbook by visiting www.seydlerhillfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.