Friday, August 22, 2014
Family and friends of Andrews resident David Goude are remembering him as a man who “never met a stranger” and enjoyed making people laugh.
Goude died Tuesday while doing something he loved doing – fishing.
Goude, age 70, and a friend were in a fishing boat under a tree in the Wadmacon Creek off Sand Hole Landing near Lamberttown around 10:20 a.m. Tuesday when a limb fell on him, according to Georgetown County Deputy Coroner Paulette Radcliffe.
She said Goude was pronounced dead on the scene. The other person in the boat survived without serious injury.
An autopsy conducted this week indicated Goude died from head trauma as a result of being struck by the limb, the Coroner’s Office reported.
According to family members, Goude and his friend were about eight miles from the boat landing when the accident took place.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources investigated the incident.
Goude’s niece, Billy Joe Lambert, said even though he was her uncle, Goude – an Andrews native who retired from International Paper after working 42 years – was more like her father throughout her life.
“He was enjoying his retirement. We joked that he fished on any day that ends in Y,” she said. “He was a very fun and very loving guy. And he was a hard core Gamecock fan. He used to take us to the games.”
Lambert said Goude was an umpire for area baseball games and “always made people feel at home.”
She said he would “use humor to make people feel comfortable.”
David and Earline Goude were soon going to celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary, Lambert said.
Diane Bone, who knew Goude her entire life, said anytime she saw him he was always doing something to make people laugh.
“He was always doing something to help other people. You would see him a lot of times helping out with things like church dinners,” she said.
Felitcha Cumbee Pinckney wrote on Facebook about her admiration for Goude.
“I will miss seeing him at sporting events. He loved his Yellow Jackets,” she stated.
According to his family, Goude was an active participant in all sports-related events in the Andrews community and supported the Andrews High School Booster Club. He only missed one state championship football game in the past 20 years. He also assisted in organizing Dixie Youth Baseball in Andrews.
Goude’s daughter, Marie Goude Bone, described her father as her “rock” and as “the glue that held our family together.”
“My heart is broken but I also have peace knowing that he is in heaven with Jesus rejoicing. I bet he has a big pot of pileau cooking as I write this,” she wrote on her Facebook page in reference to the numerous church dinners for which Goude cooked.
“My dad always said if he had to go, he wanted it to be doing something he loved. And he loved fishing.”