Clifton Goodloe, Jr. was born the 7th of eight children to the late Bishop Clifton & Helene Goodloe, Sr. in Canton, MS. He attended Cameron Street High School after which he moved to Los Angeles, California working in the US postal system. In 1964, he married Delores Thompson and moved back to Canton, MS where he has resided in the Cobbsville Community for the last 50 plus years. He and his wife of 54 years have 6 children and 15 grandchildren. He accepted Christ as his personal savior October 1966 during revival at the Pleasant Green Church of Christ Holiness USA, Canton, MS. The message that night was taken from Joshua 24:15b …….. but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
He has worked diligently to keep this commitment as he has reared his children and influence his grandchildren in the admonition of Christ.
Goodloe accepted his call to the ministry and preached his first sermon on July 4, 1976 at the Pleasant Green Church of Christ Holiness USA. He has spent many years as a public servant serving in leadership roles in the church, the community and on various committees in various capacities. As he transitions to a less public life, he passes the torch to his children to carry on the spirit of services to Christ, the community and others. In January, 2019 he started his 25th year as pastor of the Greater Damascus Church of Christ Holiness USA, Hazlehurst, MS where he serves as the full time senior pastor where he enjoys mentoring two associates: Elder Sean Daniels and Elder Clifton Goodloe, III. He often says he is determined to finish his course with joy.
Acts 20:24 – But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.