Huntington, WV Black History

Pete Goodson

A.D. Lewis Community Center Director

Henry “Pete” Goodson grew up in Huntington. He attended Barnett Elementary School, Oley Junior High School and graduated from Huntington High School. In 1969, he was drafted into the Army and served in Vietnam, Cambodia and Germany. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Service Medal and the National Defense Ribbon.

Goodson worked for Action, Inc. as the canteen manager from 1972-1974. He then worked at A.D. Lewis Community Center from 1974-84 as the executive director.  During this time, he also attended Marshall University and earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology/community development. He later went on to earn his master’s degree in religious education.

In 1989, he was ordained a minister and he and his wife, Margaret, began a nonprofit organization called Faith by Works Outreach. The organization provided meals, jobs and support services to homeles individuals in Prince George’s County, Maryland. He also has worked as a work force development specialist and re-entry coordinator in Prince George’s County for 30 years.

In July 2015, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams named a portion of 8th Avenue and 17th Street “Pete Goodson Way.”

 

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