As of 2015, Vestal Goodman does not offer any type of funeral service as the gospel singer passed away on Dec. 27, 2003, in the city of Celebration, Florida. Prior to her death, Vestal Goodman did not perform any funeral services but was instead a Southern gospel vocalist that performed both as a solo act and as part of the Happy Goodman Family gospel music group.
Vestal Goodman married into the Goodman family and formed the Happy Goodman Family group with her husband and his siblings after a period pastoring and singing for congregations throughout the United States. She married her husband, Howard Goodman, on Nov. 7, 1949, and the couple had two children together. During its career, the Happy Goodman Family performed in more than 3,500 concerts and recorded multiple no. 1 gospel hits.
Vestal Goodman's personal singing honors include being the first recipient of the Dove Award from the Gospel Music Association in 1969. She was also named The Queen of Southern Gospel Music by multiple magazines, including People, Time, Rolling Stone and Billboard.
Vestal Goodman passed away during a family Christmas vacation in Florida due to influenza complications. Her husband passed away the year prior; the couple are survived by their children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.