SHORT NOTICE – Wesley Goodson, USN WWII Veteran – Princeton, WV – 5 & 6 Feb 14



The Family of Wesley Kyle “Bug” Goodson Jr. has requested the Patriot Guard Riders to be a part of the services for their loved one by Standing a Tall and Silent Flag Line of Honor for this WWll Navy Veteran. Mr. Goodson Jr. served with Honor in the U.S.Navy during WWll and received six commendations.

Mr. Goodson Jr. was a part of the Honor Flight to Washington DC. At which time Mr. Goodson Jr. met and became friends with PGR NC John “Longrider” Rumley. Mr. Rumley and his wife will be in attendance for the service Thursday. “Bug” is also the Father of NC PGR member Brenda Kirby.

Memorial Funeral Directory, 654 Athens Road, Princeton, WV ( (304) 425-8131.

RCIC: Larry Ash (304) 578-0036,

Visitation: Wednesday February 5th from 6:00 till 8:00 pm,
Staging: 5:30 pm
Briefing: 5:45 pm
Weather forecast: 46/23 F. Chance of rain 80% 

Service: Thursday February 6th from 1:00 pm
Staging: 11:30 am
Briefing: 11:45 am

Flag line will be in place NLT 1200 and maintained until start of services.

Escorting Mr. Goodson Jr. to his final place of rest following the service for a Military Presentation at that time.

Weather forecast: 38/25 F. Overcast. Please ensure you dress and travel accordingly.

Please make a concerted effort to say “Thank You” and God Speed to another of America’s Greatest Generation.



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  1. ************MISSION ACCOMPLISHED*******************

    We are eternally grateful to the staff and management of Memorial Funeral Directory in Princeton who upon arrival immediately invited us inside for staging, mission brief and flag line. This was our first time there, and they treated us all like old friends and acquaintances.

    On Wednesday we stood a flag line at the entrance to the room from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. During that time many of Wesley K Goodson’s family and friends stopped to shake hands and thank us for being there on his behalf. I was impressed when his granddaughter brought her young daughter over to explain to her what a veteran is, and told her that her great granddaddy was a veteran too. At the end of visitation his daughter invited us in, and we used the opportunity to render honors prior to departure.

    On Thursday we were provided “up front” parking by the staff again. A special note of thanks is due to John Rumley and his wife, NC PGR members and personal friends of the Goodson family. Just before the service began they assisted in presentation of the plaque, condolence book, and the governor’s commendation. We were seated as pallbearers at the request of the family during the service. We learned that Wesley was not only a good soldier during WWII, but also an exemplary citizen of his community and Christian. He used his handy man skills to help church members and citizens of his community anytime there was a need.

    After the escort to the cemetery, the Mercer County Honor Guard provided final words, a 21 gun salute, taps, and flag folding in a highly professional manner. Thanks to Larry Ash, Jack Kalmar, Mike Kessinger, and Patricia Hanifin, for braving the cold to show honor and respect to one of America’s Greatest Generation. We are losing them all too soon.

    Pat Hanifin, Sr. WVPG
    USAF/Vietnam Veteran 70-74

    Riding in honor of my parents: 1st LT Robert W. Hanifin and 2nd LT Elizabeth L. Hanifin
    and uncle: 2nd LT C. Steve Hanifin, US Army Air Corps

    Riding with my brothers:

    Terry Hanifin, Florida PGR Senior Ride Captain, mentor, medic, and FNC RC
    Bob Hanifin, USAF veteran and California PGR member

    and my wife

    Patricia E Hanifin, WV PGR member

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