Samuel Goudy, known to some as “MoHair Sam”, was born July 14, 1939 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Walter “Chief” Goudy Sr. and Cleaora Watkins. The Lord called him home on November 16, 2020. Sam was the fifth child in a family of fourteen children. He was baptized at an early age by Rev. George Robinson at Moses Baptist Church in Thibodaux, Louisiana in Lafourche Parish.
Sam attended C.M. Washington school. He married the late Marion Adam in Thibodaux. Marion moved with their son, Timothy, to Portland, Oregon in the early 60’s and he later joined her there. Sam worked for Kaye Manufacture and Riser’s Food Company.
Sam mostly lived with his grandmother “Ma Moo” who loved him dearly. She was a great cook and often cooked his favorite, white beans and rice, and she wouldn’t let anyone eat until he ate (how ridiculous!).
Sam often told the story about going back to Louisiana to “Ma Moo’s” funeral. He traveled by train and met a woman who was also going to Louisiana as well. He told her that he was going to his grandmother’s funeral, she said that she too was going to her grandmother’s funeral. As the conversation continued, he told her that his grandmother lived in Thibodaux. The woman said that her grandmother did too. He went on to tell her that his grandmother actually lived in a rural area called Chackbay, she told him so did her grandmother. Once they exchanged names, they realized that they were cousins who had not seen one another since they were kids.
Timmy remembers his dad striking up a conversation with anyone because he loved to talk and ask questions. Like the time he and his dad were traveling to Louisiana and Sam started talking to someone and walked off and left him. Tim started crying, thinking that his dad had left him, but he came back and he calmed down. He also remembered his dad taking him to a Trail Blazer game. He thought that they were rich, even though they were sitting on the floor. Sam loved sports and his TV was always on ESPN watching basketball, football, boxing and tennis.
He loved to dress up, thus the moniker “MoHair Sam”, because of his fashion style. Whenever he went to Louisiana to visit, his brother Nelson would always steal a few pieces of his clothing and Sam wouldn't realize it until he was back in Portland.
Sam moved back to Thibodaux for several years, there he would help his sister care for their mother until he had a stroke that rendered him disabled. She even got him to cut those long, pretty fingernails so that he wouldn’t scratch their mother.
Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Walter “Chief” Goudy Sr. and Cleaora Watkins; son, Michael; brothers, Henry, Joseph, Walter Jr., Sidney, Isiah, Nelson and Alvin; sisters, Ada Thomas and Georgia Mae Peltier.
He leaves to cherish his memory his sons, Timothy and Jeelani (Katria); his sons in heart, Mckenzy Nyong, Nathan Davis and Alonzo Colbert; daughters in his heart, Pamela Black and Wanda Torrence of Atlanta, Georgia, Sheila Torrence of Las Vegas, Nevada and Sherrena Torrence – Saint Preux of Portland; five grandkids and six great grandkids; his brother, Herman (Wilma); sisters, Betty Jane and Barbara Jean of Thibodaux, Louisiana. Mary Louise of Portland, Oregon and Eula Pearl (Alvin) of Troutdale, Oregon, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
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