Fallen Hero: Chief Warrant Officer4(Ret) Dan Goddard


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Lee Memorial Funeral Home

5257 Raymond Avenue Tupelo, MS


12-2 Sunday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home, Tupelo


2 PM Sunday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation. 


Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on August 26, 2021, and moved on to his heavenly home. Chief Warrant Officer4(Ret) Dan Goddard, age 66, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within the 101st Airborne Division and the 185th Aviation Brigade has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.  Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done.  Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.


Chief Warrant Officer4 Dan Goddard, 66, died Thursday, August 26, 2021, at Baptist Hospital, DeSoto. He was born in New Albany on July 4, 1955, to Audrey and Rosie Goddard. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Saltillo. He enlisted in the United States Army in the 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, KY. He then progressed to Chief Warrant Officer in the Mississippi National Guard a as UH-1 helicopter pilot. He finished out his career on Active duty flying both the AH 64 Apache helicopter in Korea and the UH-1 Medivac in Ft. Polk, LA.  His military career lasted for over 34 years. He served in the Peace Keeping Multi National Force in Egypt.  After his military career, he flew for a civilian contractor in Afghanistan in the super huey UH-1. He was also an independent truck driver. He enjoyed playing golf, shooting firearms and spending time with his grandchildren.

Services will be 2 PM Sunday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Green officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be in Lee Memorial Park. The family request friends to wear mask while visiting. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. He is survived by his wife, Donna Goddard of Saltillo; his children, Nick Goddard (Miranda) of Jacksonville, FL, Heather Goad (Brandon) of Guntown, Bradly Goddard (Jessie) of Amory, Taylor Goddard of Amory and Kristina Rousseau of Saltillo; his brothers and sisters, Jimmy Dale Goddard (Kathy), Kenneth Wayne Goddard and Ruth Marie Sheffield (Tony) all of Blue Springs,  Karl Gene Goddard (Debora) of Baldwyn, Martha Rose Spruill (Billy) of Blue Springs and William Paul Goddard of Tupelo; seven grandchildren, Brooklynn, Cierra, Colten, Drew, Adalyn, Pippa and Wesley.


He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be members of his family.

Visitation will be 12-2 Sunday.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.