Zeb was a pillar of Newberry and will be greatly missed as a comprehensible, visionary, and proactive member of the Newberry City Council where he served for 30 years, beginning in 1990 until his untimely death. He represented District Three and served as Mayor ProTem for many years. He was also a graduate of the Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government. His favorite aspect of Newberry, he said, was living in a community with a “community first” atmosphere and friendly personalities.
Mayor Foster Senn described Mr. Goudelock as, “One of the finest, warm-hearted, and nicest persons he has ever known. He was a trailblazer as one of the first two African Americans on the Newberry City Council. He distinguished himself as a leader and a public servant which led to many major improvements in Newberry over the last three decades.” Councilman Goudelock loved his hometown and its people. He leaves a great legacy of accomplishments and kindness. City officials described Mr. Goudelock as a community advocate whose positive presence and steady leadership saw Newberry through much growth and success.
Zeb’s commitment to provide service to help his constituents live a better quality of life extends to serving on the Clinton Newberry Natural Gas Authority Board, GLEAMNS Human Resource Commission, Inc., Central Midlands Council of Governments, The Upper Savannah Council of Governments and formerly served as chairman of the Selective Service Board representing District 3, and Werts Cemetery Committee.
His diligent service garnered him numerous awards to include the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc African American Male Image Award, Professional of the Year by the South Carolina Morticians Association, Inc. for Congressional District Three. Zeb was a faithful, dedicated, hardworking member of St. Matthew Baptist Church in Newberry, S.C. where he served as Chairman of the Deacon Board, Treasurer, past Superintendent of the Sunday school, and member of the male chorus. One of Mr. Goudelock’s favorite songs is, “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks,”…On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand, and cast a wishful eye, to Canaans fair and happy land, where my possessions lie...
He was predeceased in death by two brothers, Augustus O. Goudelock and Thomas R. Goudelock, Jr., and one sister, Marlene Goudelock. Zeb, who is bound for the promised land leaves to celebrate his life with precious and loving memories are his loving wife of 42 years, Alvena Mitchell Goudelock, eight brothers; James William Goudelock of West Palm Beach, Florida; Charles E. Goudelock (Eva) of Richmond, Virginia; Cal Goudelock of Rock Hill, SC; Albert Ray Goudelock of Madison, Georgia; Harold Goudelock, Curtis Goudelock, Michael Goudelock, Anthony Bernard Goudelock, all of Newberry, South Carolina, six sisters, Rev. Annie Reeder (James), Janet G. Glenn, Margaret G. Suber (Larry), Miriam G. Werts (James) of Newberry, SC; Darlene G. Jones (Maurice) of Columbia, SC; and Cheryl Goudelock-Hare of Charlotte, NC. In addition, he leaves two aunts, Dorothy Henderson Brown of Columbia, SC and Patricia Henderson Caldwell of Newberry, SC; two Sister-in-Laws Barbara Gallman Mitchell of Columbia, SC, and Jacqueline Goudelock of West Palm Beach, Fl and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in memory of Zebbie Dee Goudelock to UNICEF USA to help fight the Coronavirus. All donations are 100% tax-deductible at unicefusa.org.
Funeral plans for Mr. Goudelock are as follows: Visitation: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 St. Matthew Baptist Church 61 Boundary Street, Newberry, SC 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Service: Thursday, September 10, 2020 Clara D. Wertz Activity Center 3:00 p.m.
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