Get to know Van and his family


My roots run extremely deep in Lauderdale County. My father, Arthur M. Goodman was raised in the Whynot community, his parents were Edward Goodman and Pearl Long Goodman. Many in the Southeast school district will know his sister, my aunt, Gaythal Dearman. He also had three brothers, James, John and Oscar Goodman. My mother, Nell Shannon Goodman was also raised in the Whynot community. Her parents were Adie Parker Shannon and Elma Robinson Shannon. My mother has two brothers, both of which live in Whynot, Parker Shannon and Stanley Shannon, your former tax collector. She also had a brother, John Rex Shannon, who was an attorney in Meridian.


As for my upbringing, I was raised in the Cleveland and Shelby
MS area as my dad farmed soybeans and rice. He retired when I was in Arkansas working and completing college. My parents decided to move back home in 1985. After completing school, getting married and working in the Jackson area for a number of years, my wife and I decided to move to Whynot as well. We made the move in 1997.


My wife, Dr. Barbara Bowen Goodman and I have been married for 30 years. We have two children, Grace who is a senior at Mississippi State and Adie who is a freshman and is attending Co Lin Junior college in Wesson, MS.


I am a graduate of Cleveland High School in Cleveland, MS. I then attended Delta State for several years before moving to Jonesboro, Arkansas. While in Jonesboro, I worked and attended Arkansas State University where I received a Bachelors of General Studies and a Master of Science in Agriculture.



I have been employed with Mississippi Farm Bureau since February 14, 1986. I started as a claims adjuster, and travelled all over the state the first year either helping others who were overloaded with work or filling in for those on vacation. After that time I received my first territory assignment that was based in Natchez, MS and I covered 4 counties, Wilkinson, Adams, Jefferson and Claiborne. I got to know the Natchez Trace very well. My next territory assignment moved me to Jackson, where I worked all of Hinds county. During this time is when I met my wife to be. I was also promoted to a Senior Claims representative. Additionally, I received both my INS and AIC Insurance industry designations in record time. I continued at this position until I was promoted to the executive offices of the company to oversee several different matters for the company. I served in this capacity until the moment in time came that I spoke of earlier, my wife and I decided we wanted to move to Whynot. I then reactivated my relation with the claims department and began again as a Senior claims representative in Lauderdale county and have been here ever since. I am working in my 34th year at present.


My work history displays a steadfast work ethic. Over the now 34 years of service, I have received numerous awards and notices of achievement. I have never been placed on any type of probation or administrative leave or ever been called into question about any activity of any kind, ever. As a claims adjuster, I have issued payments that easily total multiple millions of dollars over the years, all without ever being questioned as to my decision on a payment.


My job was to determine what was owed per the policy in force, the applicable coverage, the facts at hand, the law that applied to the situation and the actually damages incurred. After doing so, then issuing the payment, no more, no less.