Ben Cates Goode

My father.Ben Cates GoodeBen Cates Goode was borne on July 25, 1909 in Knoxville, Tennessee, his father Charles, was 31 and his mother Martha, was 37. He Married Carletta  Bowman on April 16, 1927 when he was 17 years old and Carletta was 16. They had six children in thirteen years.

Charles Lindburg Goode b.June 5, 1928. He married Eula Bidwell and they had one child together, Sharon Kay Goode b. 1947-1999. He then married Bobbie Lee Brashears on December 29,1951 and they had 5 children together. Charles (Chuck Goode b.1953-2008, Melissa Goode b.1953-, Rick Goode b.1954-,Rhonda Goode b.1959-,Phillip Joe Goode b.1965-1999. Charles d. October 11,1999 In Knoxville, Tennessee and is buried at Highland Memorial Cemetery

Billy Leroy Good .b January 9, 1930. He married  Helen Shaffer on August 5, 1952 and they had three children children together. Jeannie b. May 9, 1953-  Billy b. Jan 28, 1953  Kim b. February 5, 1759-.

Ben Cates Goode, Jr. b. September 9,1931 married Evelyn Townsend November 19, 1949 and they had three children together. Debbie Goode b. June 10, 1951-  Rocky Goode b. January 5, 1953- Mike Goode b. January 1, 1955-.

David Ray Goode b. January 13, 1937 d. January 19, 1937.

Evelyn Deloris Goode b. November 28, 1939 – married James R. Mills on June 6, 1958 and they had one child together. Rebecca Lynn b. July 25, 1966. She then Married James David Miller on April 5, 1975.

Bobby Joe Goode b. September 25, 1941 had one child with Mildred Whaley. Bobby Joe Goode b. June 23, 1969. Joe then had one child with Rebecca Gibson. Amanda Joe Goode b. October 22, 1979. Bobby Joe Goode died on April 6, 2017.

I remember as a child daddy working at Oak Ridge, Tennessee “The Secret City”. Where they built the Atomic Bomb, It was during and after WWI. He had to have a security clearance but his wasn’t high clearance because he did not work in any of the uranium plants. He work on the construction sites where they were building more buildings. He use to take us there and we would have to be cleared through the security gates but we were not able to get of the main road. I knew that something important was happening but I didn’t know actually what.

Oak Ridge

I also remember during the war we would have blackouts where all the street lights would be turned out and mom would put blankets over the windows so no light would show through. It was total darkness, the only thing that you could see were search lights going back and forth across the sky from the airport so that the planes Could see to land. We lived in Knoxville, Tennessee only about 20 or 25 miles from Oak Ridge. There were no TV’s back then so all our news came from the radio, newspapers and the News Reels, when we got to go to the movies.

There were great sacrifices during the war but everyone was willing to do so for the war effort. An example of those sacrifices was the Ration Books.

War Ration BookWorld war II PosterAsk anyone who remembers life on the home front during WWII about their strongest memories and chances are they will tell you about rationing. You see, the war caused shortages of all sorts of things: rubber, metal, clothing, etc. But it was the shortage of various types of food that effected about everyone on a daily basis.

Food was in short supply for a variety of reasons: much of the processed and can foods was reserved for shipping overseas to our military and our allies; transportation of fresh food was limited due to gasoline and tire rationing and the priority of transporting Soldiers and war supplies instead of food; imported foods, like coffee and sugar, was limited due to restrictions on importing.

Because of these shortages, the U.S. government established a system of rationing that would more fairly distribute foods that were in short supply. Every American was issued a series of ration books during the war. The ration books contained removable stamps good for certain rationed items, like sugar, meat, cooking oil, and caned goods. A person could not buy a rationed item without also giving the grocer the right ration stamp. once that person’s ration stamps were used up for a month, they couldn’t buy any more of that type food. I also remember having to give a stamp for buying shoes or nylon hose.

The last Goode reunion October 1015

Goode Reunion














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