Dr. Phillip R. Goodson, 70, of Statesville, N.C., passed away August 31, 2020, at his home after a courageous battle with recurrent pancreatic cancer.

Dr. G was born and grew up in Lincoln County, N.C. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry before earning his MD degree from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University as a full Reynold’s Scholarship recipient. Following his education, he remained at N.C. Baptist Hospital for specialty training in OB/GYN.

Dr. Goodson and his wife moved to Statesville in 1980, where he practiced OB/GYN with Dr. Ray Green until 1989. Dr. Goodson and Dr. Walter Meadors formed a new medical practice in 1989 and later helped to found and joined Piedmont Health Care, a new multispecialty medical group. In 2000, Dr. Goodson limited his specialty to gynecology and gynecologic surgery after delivering over 3,000 babies. He retired from practice in 2016.

He spent much of his retirement time honing his mandolin playing and deriving pleasure from playing music with other amateur musicians around Statesville, Troutman and Mocksville areas.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 48 years, Kitty Goodson of the home; two sons, John Goodson of Boone, N.C., (grandsons, Noah and Isaac); Matthew Goodson of Kyoto, Japan (grandchild Milo); and daughter, Rebecca of Burlington, N.C.

He was very thankful for the care received from Dr. Ruby Grimm, Dr. Amy McLaurin, Dr. Trivedi, Dr. Roger Roark and many others through the years.

Please share memories and condolences with the family.

Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family.

43 thoughts on “Dr. Phillip R. Goodson

  1. Alexis Sherriff Hyman says:

    I am sorry for your loss. My mom was a patient of his and he helped bring me into the world. Thank you, Dr Goodson.

  2. Melynne Morrison says:

    Dr. Goodson was such a wonderful man and physician. He was my doctor for over 30 years and he was the best! Prayers for the family. I am so saddened to hear of his passing, but he is walking the golden roads of heaven and you will see him again one day. My heart breaks for you all.

  3. Millicent Roseboro says:

    He will truly be missed. He was the best Gynecologist in Statesville, N.C. He delivered both of my children. Prayers for the family.

  4. Dear Kittie – I’m so sorry to hear this. Such a sweet man for an equally sweet wife. You and your family are in my prayers. Much love, Pat Moore

  5. Kimberly Zeback says:

    He delivered my first born child on March 3, 1987, by C-section. He was a great doctor. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  6. Kelly Padgett says:

    I just adored Dr Goodson. He was so kind to me throughout the years I saw him. God bless this family during this difficult time.

  7. He was an amazing Doctor and so warm and friendly. It was a pleasure to know him. He was a great addition to Iredell County.

  8. Karen Sherrill says:

    Doc was a wonderful physician, mandolin picker and friend. I will miss singing harmony to all his wonderful bluegrass songs. I have many fond memories from our Library jam on Monday nights. You will be in my prayers.

  9. Dr. Goodson delivered both of my children. He was so good to my family. We will be praying for God’s comfort for your family during this time of loss.

  10. Tammy Kennedy says:

    Dr. Goodson was such a wonderful person. He was my doctor from 1989 until he retired and delivered all three of my children. He will be missed. Prayers for the family.

  11. Dr Goodson was a wonderful doctor. He delivered my first-born in 1989. He was so nice, and he had a lot of bedside manners. His family and wife are in my thoughts and prayers. He will always be missed. R I P, but he will be waiting at those Pearly Gates of Heaven for the love of his life.

  12. I am so sorry for your loss!! I worked with Dr. Goodson for many years in the OR at Iredell. I learned so much from him!! God’s peace!!

  13. Karen Morrow says:

    So Sorry to hear about Dr Goodson. He was a very sweet doctor. I became a patient in 2003 when I had to have a hysterectomy. He did my surgery very well, and I thank him so much for helping me feel better. He took very good care of all his patients and he will be missed by us all. My Thoughts and Prayers go out to All his family and friends

  14. Karla Kincaid says:

    I am so sorry for your loss! I remember Dr. Goodson sitting in on the jam sessions at The Cook Shack in Union Grove. He always had a big grin on his face & was kind to every single person he encountered. I will be praying for his family as they grieve such a great loss.

  15. Merylin Davis says:

    I came to know Dr. Goodson when I worked at The Birthplace many years ago. He was a great physician and, as a nurse, I learned so much from him. Meadors and Goodson were my OBs during my last pregnancy in 1981-82. Family, I am so sorry for your loss!

  16. Teresa Rutten says:

    Dr Goodson, RIP! Great surgeon took care of me in 2010. So caring. Prayers for his family

  17. Vicki rumple says:

    Prayers for the family. He was a caring doctor who kept you calm when you were scared of the unknown. He was my doctor for my nine months. Heaven received a passionate man.

  18. Tammy McLain says:

    So sorry to hear this! He was my doctor for almost 25 years! He was the best! My condolences to his family.

  19. Words can’t express the love and gratitude I have always had for Dr Goodson. Working by his side for 17 years was a true honor and l learned so much from him. His legend lives on with all of us that knew him and shared so many wonderful memories with! May God wrap his loving arms around you all and give you peace and comfort in the days ahead. Much love to all of you! Jamie Shore

  20. Shannon young says:

    Kitty, I am so sorry to hear this. You are in my prayers. He was such a wonderful man. Praying God will give you comfort in the coming days. Shannon Young

  21. Audrey Crider says:

    So sorry to hear. He delivered my daughter in 1980 and in 2016 he found my cancer. Thank God for him. He was a great doctor. My prayers to the family.

  22. Angela Padgett says:

    A kind person and wonderful doctor. He delivered one of my children. Sorry for the loss to the family. He’s for sure walking the streets of heaven.

  23. Elaine W Watts says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Dr. Goodson was one of my doctors for a long time and I worked with Kitty for many years. I feel I know the family through mine and Kitty’s conversations over the years. I know he fought a long battle and he now has won! Praying for God’s peace to be with the entire family. Much love.

  24. From the Baber/Cook family, we offer our sincere condolences to your family. May you have peace and comfort in your lives.

  25. I’ve never known a kinder, more caring man. He delivered my son, and I had the pleasure of playing music with him for several years. His passing is a great loss to me and to the many lives he touched in his genuine, gentle way. Sincere condolences to Kitty and the family.

  26. Lena Wall. East Iredell Elem. says:

    Dr. Good son was my doctor years ago. He was a very kind and compassionate man. His wife Kitty is a lovely lady. Sympathy and prayers for all the family. God Bless.

  27. Kitty, John, Matthew and Rebecca: Winston and I were so sorry to hear of your loss. Many fond memories from when the boys were so young and our church outings and events. Our hearts go out to you. May God bless you all. Our Phillip was named for Phil.

  28. Dr. Phil and I played music together. He tolerated my often off-key singing and squeaky fiddle playing. He shall be missed. Forever in my thoughts. Special place in my heart.

  29. Carole and Jim Pickett says:

    Our sympathy to you and your whole family, Kitty. Please know we are thinking of you all at this time as we remember Dr. Goodson with gratitude and admiration.

  30. I met Dr. Phil at a music camp about 15 years ago and had the opportunity to play music with him a couple times each year since. The highlight of each year was meeting up with Phil and others in our little “Group” and singing and laughing until early dawn. A kinder person I’ve never met. Rest in Peace, my friend. You will be missed.

  31. Kerry "Tex" Callahan, MD says:

    Dr. Phil — “Don’t call me Doctor Phil” — was a modest man and a talented musician. I had the good fortune to play music with him and looked forward to our week-long bluegrass jam sessions every spring for many years. His generosity and humility inspired many of us to try to become better players and better people.

  32. Dreisa Sherrill says:

    So very sad to hear of his passing. Throughout the pregnancy and delivery of my daughter Salem, he always took time to answer questions and give reassurance. Thanks to his medical skills that allowed her to be born healthy.

  33. Dear Kitty, I’m so sorry for your loss. Although I didn’t know Phil personally, I listened to him play the mandolin many times at the Troutman Library Monday night bluegrass jam. Sympathy and prayers for you and your family.

  34. Phil Goodson was a good and kind man, and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment I got to spend with him, playing and singing and cracking jokes. I will miss him. Kitty, you have my deepest sympathy for your loss.

  35. sandra holland says:

    Dr. Goodson was my physician for many years. He was a good doctor. He would actually take time to listen. I really liked him. I am so sorry for this family’s loss. May God be with you.

  36. This breaks my heart! I literally gasped when I saw the news. Dr. Goodson was my doctor from the 80’s until he retired and I missed him terribly as a doctor, but he was also a fine person who I always enjoyed visiting with on appointments or other occasions. I am so sorry for the loss of Dr. Goodson for his family and for our community.

  37. Michelle Sutphin says:

    Dr. Goodson was a good doctor. He took good care of me while I was pregnant with my daughter. He was the best OB/GYN back in 1995-1996. I hate to here about his passing. Love and prayers for the family.

  38. My heart goes out to Dr. Goodson’s friends and family. May God be with them. I enjoyed having him as my doctor.

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