Elaine Reed Goodner Hickman entered the gates of Heaven to meet her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at her home in Granbury, Texas, after heart failure. Her family is comforted knowing she is walking the Streets of Gold with her dear parents and all her loved ones who have preceded her in death.
Born on August 14, 1951, in Greensboro, North Carolina, where her father pastored, Elaine trusted Christ at the young age of five. Growing up in a preacher’s home and being musically gifted, she began playing for some church services at age eleven. At age fifteen she began her first children’s choir with her younger siblings and continued to teach children and teens music (both piano and singing) and served as a church musician playing both the organ and the piano for services throughout her life.
Although most of her education was completed at University High School in Waco, she spent her senior year and graduated from Burnet High School in 1969. An alumni of Arlington Baptist College, Elaine graduated from Landmark Baptist Theological Seminary.
She taught school at Oak Trail Christian Academy for over 10 years and Central Baptist Academy in Alvarado where she taught 4 years of music, voice, and piano. She arranged and played music for a multitude of special programs and Vacation Bible Schools and
taught private piano lessons for over twenty-five years.
Elaine was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Goodner, her wonderful parents, R. B. Reed and Marie Williams Reed, and her precious infant nephew, Zechariah Reed. Elaine Reed Goodner Hickman is survived by her newlywed husband, Howard Lee Hickman, and
her 3 adult children: Micah Goodner of Granbury, Jonathan Goodner and wife, Kerri, and their 4 daughters, Haley, Kathryn, Allyson, and Lauryn of Granbury, and her only daughter, Meredith Goodner, of Abilene. Elaine is also survived by 6 beloved siblings and their
spouses: Sam and Gayla Reed of Hurst, Texas, Adrian and Pam Reed of Burleson, Texas, Rowena and Paul Jhant of Waco, Texas, Aldera and Brian Boothe of Marble Falls, Texas, Freddie and Janie Reed of Jackson, Alabama, and Roy Reed of Burleson. She is also survived by a dear nephew, Farren Mathena and wife Jodi. Fifteen loving nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews will also miss her greatly.
Funeral Services: 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, September 27, 2022, Trinity Baptist Church, Arlington; Visitation: 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Monday, September 26, 2022, Wiley Funeral Home Chapel, Granbury; Interment: 2:30 P.M. Tuesday September 27, 2022, Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Under the direction of Wiley Funeral Home, Granbury, Texas