Celebrating the life of

Bernie Goode

November 16, 1936 - September 06, 2021

Bernie Goode

Bernie Goode “CROAKED” on September 6, 2021 at Spanish Oaks Retreat.  For those that knew him, you will understand his sense of humor, and how he collected and wrote a pamphlet on “designer” ways to announce someone’s death.  The above was his wish.  I kept my word – Love Ya!

Bernie was born in Savannah on November 16, 1936 along with an identical twin, a surprise to his mother and father.   After graduating from Georgia Tech, Bernie began his long career with the Army Corps of Engineers.  He first worked in the Savannah District, then the Jacksonville District.  In 1975, Bernie was promoted to Washington, DC and served as Chief of the Regulatory Branch.  Bernie remained with the agency until his retirement in 1989.

In 1996, Bernie and his first wife, Diane, moved to Tybee.  He was a proud Tybee resident, volunteering in many ways:  15 years with the Tybee Lighthouse Museum, 22 years with the Tybee Island Optimist Club and 7 years with the Social Apostolate in Savannah.  Bernie was also an active member of Saint Michael’s Catholic Church.

In addition to his volunteering, Bernie was an avid hiker/walker.  In 1992, Bernie thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.  He section hiked the American Discovery Trail from the Atlantic to the Pacific with his brother Joe.  His first wife died in 2002.  Bernie and Beverly married in March of 2005.  The ceremony took place at Christ Chapel, better known as “the smallest church in America” located in Townsend, GA.  Father Costigan officiated, with all of Bernie and Beverly’s children and grandchildren in attendance.

Bernie was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret (Nelson) and Jamie Goode; his first wife, Diane (Brooks); brothers, Tony and Jamie and sister, Sister Margaret (Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur).  He is survived by his wife and the love of his life, Beverly P. Goode of Savannah; twin brother, Joe (Mary Jean) of Dunwoody, GA; five sons, Jimmy (Cary) of Tybee Island; Charlie of Savannah; Chris (Kristy) of New Smyrna Beach, FL; Kevin of Nags Head, NC and Matt of Tybee Island; step children, John (Billie Joe) of Dawson, PA; Stacie (Dave) of Lake Monticello, VA; Dallas (Ray) of Johnson City, TN; and Kristal (Oscar) of Irwin, PA.  Bernie is also survived by three grandchildren, Johnny, Timmy and Katie Goode.

A funeral mass will take place at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Spanish Oaks Retreat, 8510 Whitefield Ave., Savannah, GA 31406.




A candle has been lit!

I am so very sorry for all of your loss. May God bring you peace in this time of sadness .

- Joan Brooks, Palmer, SK

A candle has been lit!

I am so very sorry for all of your loss. May God bring you peace in this time of sadness .

- Joan Brooks, Palmer, SK

A candle has been lit!

So sorry for your loss.

- CHERYL CLAY, Tybee Island, Ga

Bernie, your spirit of joy is still contagious! Thank you for getting me to sing the last blessing again. The Spirit of the Lord IS upon you! Thank you for incarnating the presence of Christ. Mission fulfilled! Fr. Bob

- Fr. Bob Cushing, Macon, Georgia

Thanks for the memories ❤ Steve and Ginger

- Steve and Ginger Strickland , Tybee island, GA

Thanks for the memories ❤ Steve and Ginger

- Steve and Ginger Strickland , Tybee island, GA

My deepest sympathies to Bernie's family. He was a great Tybeeite and loved the island. It was a distinct pleasure to work with him on the history and beautification of the cememtery behind City Hall. Fond memories! Peace~

- Maggie Keenan, RVA, Virginia

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I am so you and praying for you

- June Maddox, Tybee Island, GA

Sincerest condolences to Beverly and Bernie's family and friends. A devoted husband and father, Bernie was vested in his Tybee community. He spent countless hours researching the history of, and donating to, the historical Tybee Cemetery at Memorial Park. His legacy of volunteering will be long remembered. On behalf of Bernie...."Go Tech!"

- Shirley Sessions , Tybee island , GA

So sorry to hear Bernie left this side of the world. He was a rare and lively spirit. Our prayers and blessings go out to Beverly and the family.

- Elizabeth and Cecil Johnson, Tybee , Ga

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We are so sorry!! Bernie and Beverly have been the best neighbors. We love you!!

- Lynda Stoller, Tybee Island, GA

Well I think Uncle Bernie is a great guy and I hope to see him again with everyone, and I believe we will, thanks be to God.

- John Lawrence Goode, Norcross, GA

Sincerest sympathies. Many memories going way, way back… Bernie was always, and continues to be, a great inspiration.

- Ron and Valerie Pieper, Oro Valley, Az

Bernie, I am better for have known such an amazing, active, intellect. The world is a better place because of you. You will be missed.

- Kleech, Pittsburgh , Pa

My deepest condolences to Beverly and all his family. He was a sweet friend and neighbor.

- Chris Garbett, Tybee Island, GA

Bernie was such a special man. Always there with a smile and a story. We send our love and prayers to his family and many friends. You will be missed our friend. - Jody

- The Buelterman Family, Savannah, Georgia

I’m so sorry we didn’t get to see Bernie one more time at the Ryan-Persse-Maddock-Prescott family reunion at Tybee (due to Covid). He greatly impressed us with his zest for life and great stories. I know he will be greatly missed.

- Kathleen Richardson Dalphonse, Laurel, MD

What a fitting notice! Truly a unique human. I have such wonderful memories of Bernie and I perpetual smile on my face. Give’m hell Bernie!!!

- Michael rosenberg, Mikhmanim , Israel

Love to you, Beverly.❤️ We loved Bernie, and he will always be a part of our memories of Tybee life. This is one I shared with him…”the black camel of death kneels at every door.”

- Lyn Randall & Bill Cannon, Tybee Island, GA

So sorry to read of a really good guy's death. Diane was my cousin. Bernie and the family will be remembered in my prayers.

- Marie Green Bryant, Savannah, GA

Jimmy, over the last couple of months I have learned about your special relationship with Bernie. You two were friends and had some special memorizes - including hiking the Appalachian trail together. Happily God designed us so that we do not grieve at the same intensity for the rest of our lives.

- Bonny and Don , Tybee Island, GA

I am so sorry to learn of Bernie's passing. I treasure the visit he made to the Ryan and Persse family reunion, in which he shared some family history

- Jane Ryan Walker, Doraville, Ga.

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel