Mrs. Martha Goodson (Goodson) Slocum

April 4, 1940 ~ May 7, 2021 (age 81)

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Mrs. Martha Goodson Slocum, 81, of Cartersville, Georgia passed away peacefully on Friday, May 7, 2021 surrounded by her loving family and friends. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 1:00PM at Mt.Zion Grassdale Baptist Church, 207 North Bartow Street, Cartersville, Georgia 30120. The body will lie in state in the church from 12:00PM (Noon) until the hour of service. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, 319 North Erwin Street, Cartersville, Georgia 30120.

Due to COVID-19 regulations and guidelines, physical distancing practices will be in pace, and MASK ARE REQUIRED for those that will be attending the service. The family is the main concern during this time of bereavement  and space will be limited. We have to ensure the family is able to attend the service, so there is a possibility of some friends not being admitted. However, the service will be LIVE-STREAMED.

On April 4, 1940, Martha was the third of fifteen children born to the late Willie Floyd Goodson and Octavia Minnie Lee Winters, in Gordon County, Georgia. The family moved to Rydal, Georgia before the African American Schools were consolidated in 1955. She attended Bartow Elementary School and graduated from Summer Hill High School with the Class of 1965. Upon graduation she began working at Woolworth Variety Store until they went out of business. She accepted a job with Nantucket Cartersville Spinning Company, after leaving there; she went to work for Mohawk Carpet Mills and retired after thirty-six years of service. When she was not working, she enjoyed spending time with her family and caring for her siblings.

At an early age, Martha accepted Christ and joined New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Rydal. She later moved her membership to Mt. Zion Grassdale Baptist Church, Cartersville, Georgia. While at Mt. Zion , she served as President of the Usher Board. Martha had a servant's heart and tok the scripture of Psalm 84:10 serious, "I rather be a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness." She has faithfully ushered at many churches and funerals through Bartow County. She was a member of the Seventh District Usher Board, American Cancer Society and volunteered at the Red Door Food Pantry, distributing and delivering food to those in need.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Slocum, Jr.; brother, William James Goodson; her twin sister, Kara Goodson Washington; stepdaughter, Carles Allen; step grandchild, Shaylah Damari Brown; three brothers-in-law, James, Bennie Slocum and Clarence McCorkle; and one sister-in-law, Lillie Mae McCorkle.

She eaves to cherish her memory, two sons, Robert Goodson and Willie Junior Slocum; seven stepchildren, David(Tina) Slocum, Stanley (Leasa) Slocum, Travis Slocum, Larry Slocum, Cynthia Slocum, Gary Slocum, and Gloria (Lamar) Wilkey; four sisters, Gracie Mae Goodson, Magdalene Goodson, Alean Goodson Smith, and Cozella Goodson Hyatt; four brothers, Robert (Shirley) Goodson, Bobbie Lee (Virginia) Goodson, Billy Joe (Felicia) Goodson and Charles Goodson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty Wilkins, Christine (Willie)Brown, Shirley McMichael, Polly (Leon) Pritchett, Joyce Slocum and Peggy Slocum; one uncle, Bobby Winters and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Special friends, John , James, and Victor Morgan, Ruby Mae Wheeler and Margaret Ford Shaw.

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Funeral Service
May 12, 2021

1:00 PM
Mt. Zion Grassdale Baptist Church
207 N. Bartow Street
Cartersville, GA 30120

Video is available for this event

May 12, 2021

2:30 PM
Oak Hill Cemetery
319 N Erwin St
Cartersville, GA 30120

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