Camille Janine Goode
Camille Janine Goode was born on March 29, 1973 in Dallas, Texas and went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 2, 2020. She was the middle child born to Ernest R. Goode, Jr. and Linda D. Allen Goode and was affectionately given the nicknames of “Mille” and “Cami” by family and friends.
Camille accepted Christ at an early age and had a regular worship relationship with the Lord. She was a dedicated and loyal member of The New Hope Baptist Church, the oldest African American church in Dallas, TX. With a servant’s heart, Camille participated in: The Young Adult Ushers, and the Courtesy Committee. She also organized arts and crafts activities for Vacation Bible School, supervised the youth ushers, Thanksgiving Fill-A-Meal Basket drives Jubilee Sunday Black History Month Program and meal service.
Camille grew up in Mesquite, TX. in a household that emphasized excellence in education and service to others. Like her brother and sisters, Camille was a product of the Mesquite Independent School District. She attended Porter Elementary, Vanston Middle School, and graduated from Poteet High School in 1991, where she was a member of the Poteet Belles Drill Team.
After graduation, Camille attended Eastfield Community College where she was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (Phi Eta Chapter). She also fulfilled her dream of attending an “HBCU,” by matriculating at Texas Southern University, (TSU) in Houston, TX. where she studied Elementary Education. Camille was a proud and devoted member of the TSU Alumni Association. She regularly volunteered to help with alumni functions and college, and career fairs. She also routinely wore TSU paraphernalia along with that of other HBCU’s.
To Camille, service was not an option, but was a mandatory part of her life. Camille found her purpose in life – giving back to help others and did so by volunteering whenever and wherever she could. She was widely known as someone who the Dallas community could depend upon to answer the call to help and she regularly volunteered at The Heads Up! Foundation, The Turtle Creek Chorale and The Priscilla Art Club. Most notably she volunteered as a tour guide at the African American Museum for over ten (10) years. She was also a member of the Eastern Star, The National Council of Negro Women and a past President of the Young Adult Dallas Interdenominational Church Ushers.
Camille found something that many never find, which was her purpose in life. Camille had a special gift and desire to work with children with special needs. She began her career as a teacher’s aide with the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) and concluded her career with the Plano Independent School District (PISD). In 2011, she was a top (5) finalist for the DISD Teacher Assistant of the Year Award.
In her last position, she worked at McMillen High School, as a teacher’s assistant, assigned to the special education, self-contained unit. At McMillen she had responsibility for the care of approximately fifteen (15) children. Camille was a very important person to these young people as they spent the majority of their day with her.
Camille was known to go the extra mile for her students. She created games, special decorations and learning incentives for not just her students, but the entire school. Camille showed complete dedication to her students and their welfare and gave of herself unselfishly to staff, children and the school community. Up until her last breath, Camille worked for the good of her students.
Camille had many loves – God, people, great Mexican food, the color pink, family, and of course, The Dallas Cowboys. Camille was a proud Texan, and proud to be the daughter of a man of Omega Psi Phi and a woman of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. She loved attending “Que” and Delta social events and community service activities., where she made many friends around the country.
Camille had a heart of gold and was very nurturing and caring. It was her habit on any telephone call to start with a cheerful greeting and to end the call with a message of affection. She loved to communicate with her friends via Facebook and regularly posted positive messages. Outside of working and volunteering Camille loved to shop and shop she did. Camille had a particular affinity for purses, shoes, writing pens and jewelry. While she shopped for herself, she also took the time to shop for senior citizens too.
One consistent remark that is universally expressed about Camille was that her smile was a ray of sunshine. Camille was born with a beautiful smile and two dimples to match. Her smile was infectious and revealed a sincere and pure heart. She was happy to share her smile with everyone – strangers and friends.
Those who knew her were blessed to have had the opportunity to know her. Camille was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She will be dearly missed by her parents Ernest and Linda Goode, Mesquite, TX; brother Darien Goode (Alicia), Mesquite, TX; sisters Cynthia Goode Works (Gregory), Bowie, MD, and Cheryl Goode, San Antonio, TX; nieces Kylie and Kelsey Works, Bowie, MD; uncles and aunts, Bertram Allen, Sr., (Pearl) Austin, TX, Charles E. Allen (Janice), Houston, TX, Gary D. Allen (Shirley), San Antonio, TX, Vaudean Allen, San Antonio, TX, and Dorrie Jean Allen Wade, San Antonio, TX, Angela Goode, Suffolk, VA, and Faye Laverne Nicholson, Suffolk, VA; cousins William Allen, Bertram Allen, Jr., Dorsey Dixon, Christopher P. Allen, David Dixon, Charles Robert Allen, Ray Thelton Allen, Jr., Dorsey Ray Allen, Christopher White, Patrick McClain, Sandra Allen, Amy Allen, Melinda Golden, Dormentria Allen-Davis, Kirstyn Allen, Brittni Pierce, Erika Carr, Cynthia Allen, Desiree Allen, and Tanya Holmes; her beloved turtle son, “Trystan Michael Phelps”; godchild DeVaughdric Ross; god sister’s Dominique Shotwell and Erica Chiles; best friends Audretta Edwards and Akisha Marshall; and a host of other friends all across the country.
“Well done, thou good and faithful servant—enter thou into the joy of thy Lord”