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Vestal Freeman Goodman
Birth: Dec. 13, 1929
DeKalb County
Alabama, USA
Death: Dec. 27, 2003
Osceola County
Florida, USA

Gospel Music Singer. Known by millions as "The Queen of Gospel Music", she began singing as a child in church in her home state of Alabama. After marrying Howard Goodman, she joined his family "The Happy Goodmans" which included his sisters and brothers. The group rose to fame as a quartet with Howard, Vestal, Sam and Rusty in the 1960's. The multi-award winning group performed together until the early 1980's when they disbanded due to health reasons. Vestal and Howard's career was revived in the early 1990's when they began to appear on Bill Gaither's "Homecoming" series of gospel music videos and the subsequent tours that followed. She recorded several solo projects which included duets with the likes of George Jones and Dolly Parton. Following husband Howard's death in November 2002, she continued to record and tour across the country up until her death. (bio by: Sharon Smith) 
Family links: 
  Gordie Moses Freeman (1903 - 1980)
  Mabel Hicks Freeman (1905 - 1981)
  Howard Goodman (1921 - 2002)
  Clarence G. Freeman (1922 - 1989)*
  Vestal Freeman Goodman (1929 - 2003)
*Calculated relationship
Christ Church Memorial Gardens
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 36.04264, -86.73657
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Sharon Smith
Record added: Dec 28, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 8215059
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Your songs are still touching lives. Someday we will meet on the streets of gold. Thank you for staying true to the Word of the Lord.
 Added: Sep. 14, 2016
What an inspiring Woman of God you were. Even today you are missed as your ministry touched and is still touching and Blessing the lives of many including mine.Thank you for who you were in God because even today your ministry in song encourages us to rem...(Read more)
- norma ( roe ) miles
 Added: Aug. 27, 2016
Vestal, you were the most inspiring gospel singer that I ever met. I was listening to a song tonight you sang titled There Is Power In The Blood. An all time favorite of mine. Your music is still a witness today for the glory of God. I only wished I co...(Read more)
- Harry Rogers
 Added: Jul. 18, 2016
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