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Rural lifestyle fostered fond memories for Goodgine


Randy Goodgine soon after beginning retirement from four decades working with farm equipment.

Randy Goodgine, right, and his brother Dan as youngsters at the Oman Farm in Brentwood where their father B.J. oversaw operations. SUBMITTED
Winter is one of my favorite seasons, not something you usually hear from a Southerner. Nevertheless, it is the stillness and quiet of a cold, cloudy day that I look forward to, hoping for a break from the fast pace of just about every other season in the South. But whether you love or hate the season, most everyone hopes for the possibility of a snowy weekend. It seems that this year we have been relegated to the hardest part of winter without the fringe benefit of a clean white snow scene. 
I drive to and from work on the Hillsboro Road construction site and am amazed at our road builders who, day in and day out, continue to operate heavy equipment, lay pipes and brick the mile long decorative wall, despite frigid temperatures.
There was a time in Williamson County when working outdoors was more common than not. 
I recently got a chance to interview longtime resident Randy Goodgine, just as he was retiring from Franklin Kubota where he was known for his miraculous ability to repair most any kind of equipment. The dealership on Columbia Avenue is owned by Ames Krebs and located just down the street from our office.
Randy could be described as someone a bit uncomfortable being in the limelight, but when I took one look at the photo of he and his brother hanging in his office at Franklin Kubota, I knew he had stories.
Last fall, in the midst of every sort of parade, fundraiser, football extravaganza and harvest-related festival, I had the pleasure of getting to know Goodgine over a cold drink on the picnic tables outside the Bunganut Pig.
You see Randy has witnessed the shift from rural to retail and country to corporate that has swept through most of our county.  
As young boys, Randy and his brother Dan went along with their dad to take care of a number of farms throughout the county.
 “Dad worked for everybody around Williamson County. He was brought up farming and he did farm work for everybody. He worked for a lot of horse people. When I was born he was working for Mr. Oman and that picture was taken there at Route 2 in Brentwood.”
Randy is referring to the late Stirton Oman, who established Oman Construction in the post-war boom years.
 Postal delivery was by rural routes and farming large tracts of land kept many families like B.W. Goodgine’s in strong demand.
The Oman farm remains one of Brentwood’s most iconic landmarks, situated at the corner of Franklin and Concord Roads.
B.W. Goodgine oversaw the day-to-day operations of several farms throughout the county, and even managed the horseracing track for Mason Houghland—today the site of Maryland Farms Business Park.
In those days in the 1950s and 1960s, the Goodgines lived on Sneed Road.
“We lived on a farm called Moon Ridge Farm.”
One of his fondest memories was the joint birthday celebration he and his brother shared on July 4 because one was born on the third and the other on the sixth.  
His favorite year was when his father purchased the two boys their first pony.  B.J. Goodgine had arranged to surprise his sons with the new pony. 
“I know I rode her out to the mailbox,” he said of that pony ride. “I’d ride her out to the lane and wait for the traffic to pass and go across to get the mail. As she got older, she got blind.”
From that moment on, Randy knew how to handle a horse and over time he learned how to operate anything needed to work the land.
For decades, Randy was the go-to guy for local businesses that needed help with bulldozers, excavators, and tractors. He spent years at Mid-State Tractor before he joined Franklin Kubota, where he tried to share his skills with a younger generation.
Randy has retired from the land, but not retired from his memories and how his father taught him to make a living doing what seemed to be as natural as riding a pony.

Posted on: 2/10/2014


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