Mrs. Latoya T. DuBose Goodman, affectionally known by her family as Tori, was a loving mother, daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend that lit up a room when she walked in! Her energy was infectious. She was strong. She was fearless. She was caring. She was kind.
Latoya was born on November 12, 1981, to Mary Williams and Calvin Wingate in Darlington, South Carolina. She was raised by Mary and Allen “Kryp” Bacote in her birth city. As a young girl, Latoya enjoyed singing and doing hair. She was a member at Greater Highway Apostolic Church in Darlington, South Carolina, she continued her spiritual journey and was baptized at Christ Hands of Mercy Apostolic Church in Florence, South Carolina. Later, Tori joined True Faith Ministry in Florence, South Carolina.
Growing up, Tori was educated in the Darlington Public School System and graduated from Darlington High School in 2001. After high school, she continued her studies and graduated from Florence-Darlington Technical College. She was a woman of many talents and worked as a nurse, a gifted Cosmetologist and a Manager at Hilton Hotels.
On December 31, 2001, Latoya gave birth to her charming oldest son, Leontahi. She later married her love, Minister Hydric Goodman. They continued to grow their family, and were blessed with LaDarius and LaTrell. She adored her three boys and poured all her love into them. She was determined to make sure they continued to grow into the kings she saw them as. “Keep those boys straight, and make sure you stay on LaDarius,” — Latoya kept that promise she made to her stepfather, Bishop Moses Williams, before his passing.
She loved spending time with her family. She was very protective of those she loved and went to great lengths to assure they were well taken care of. On any given day, she could be found cooking, cleaning, styling hair, and of course making jokes and laughing.
Latoya was diagnosed with cancer when she was thirty-nine and fought cancer like the true warrior boss she was! Despite tough medical treatments and hospital stays, she remained positive and kept her beautiful smile! After being in remission, her cancer aggressively returned in 2023. God called his angel home to rest on Tuesday, July 25, 2023.
Latoya was preceded in death by her loving husband, Minister Hydric Goodman; her stepfather, Bishop Moses Williams; her maternal grandparents, Major and Martha DuBose; a younger sister, Miracle Wingate; an aunt, Sherry Gurley; and three uncles, Maceo DuBose, Robert DuBose and Donnie DuBose.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories, three amazing sons, Leontahi Hunter, LaDarius Goodman and LaTrell Goodman; her parents, Mary L. Williams (Mother), Calvin Wingate (Biological Father) and Allen Bacote Jr. (Dad); paternal grandmother, Dora Wingate; paternal grandparents, Betty (Lester) Cato; twelve siblings, Allisha DuBose-Alford (Savaris Alford), Dusten DuBose Sr. (Ida DuBose), Jacoby DuBose, Marquez Terrel Timmons, Lakeisha Wingate, Calvin Wingate Jr. (Chiquila Wingate), Antione Wingate, Miracle Wingate, Arvin Bacote (Kathleen Bacote), Bryan Bacote and Kelsey Goodson (Angela Goodson); godparents, Lee Anna Gurley and Tommy Berry; twenty-five nieces and nephews, a great aunt, Nathene Jackson; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends whom she adored.
Please keep the family of Latoya D. Goodman in your thoughts and prayers.