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11/24/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Curly Goodwin

Willis E. Goodwin
(1920 - 21 Nov 2010)

Newport News High School Class of about 1938

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.    Curly Goodwin, Class of about 1938, father of Betsy Goodwin Davis ('66) of VA and Patsy Goodwin Martin ('68) of VA, passed away in Newport News on Sunday, November 21, 2010 at the age of 90.

From the Daily Press - 11/24/10:




Willis E. Goodwin
NEWPORT NEWS - Willis E. 'Curly' Goodwin, 90, a lifelong Newport News resident, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010.

Mr. Goodwin retired after 35 years of service from Verizon. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII in the Pacific, he was the oldest member of Coastal Community Church, he was track champion of Newport News High School, member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, and Mended Hearts. He loved everything to do with the water; fishing and taking cruises. He was passionate about his family who cherished him and knows there will never be another one like him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Ida Goodwin; and a brother, Floyd.

Survivors include his adoring wife of 63 years, Betty; two daughters, Betsy Davis (Ron) and Patsy Martin (Jimmy); granddaughter, Mary Burgett (Brad); and two great-grandchildren, Delaney and Joshua.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Dr. Scott Banning and his office and all those who cared for him during his illness.

A celebration of his life will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, at Coastal Community Church, 6406 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown, VA 23692. A visitation and reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Coastal Community Church, Building Fund, PO Box 1506, Yorktown, VA 23692.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in the Daily Press from November 24 to
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November 24, 2010
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss and hope that you find comfort in knowing how many friends are thinking of you at this sad time.
November 24, 2010
Curly, I am so sorry for Betty and the rest of your family. I know they will miss you dearly. Curly and Betty were always together; where you found one, the other was also there. There was no way you could know one and not know the other. Betty, everyone that knew you and Curly (you know us old telephone people) hold you in our hearts and our prayers are with you and your family. God Bless you all.

~ Judy Buchanan, Newport News, Virginia

November 24, 2010
Betty, I am so sorry to hear about Curly's passing. Heaven has a new crown jewel. He was loved by so many, especially my mom and dad. I know what he meant to you and he adored you. All my love and you are in my thoughts and prayers.
November 25, 2010
Betty, Betsy, and Patsy,
On this Thanksgiving Eve, we learned of Curly's passing. We are sad, but thankful to have some wonderful memories of him from the cruise we took some years ago. We will remember him always smiling and chewing his gum. He brought smiles and laughter to others wherever he went. Remember, we are next door if you need us.
God bless you and comfort you!
Jerry and Judy

~ Jerry & Judy Allen, Newport News, Virginia
November 25, 2010
  Patsy, I know exactly how you are feeling right now. It is so unbearably painful that it hurts to even think about it much less talk about it. Know that he loved you and your family and that he gave you something of his that will always remain, that smiling personality and warmth that everyone is drawn to. Believe me when I say that it does get better each day, but the tears will still pop up as unexpected memories flood back. I have been missing my Father for almost 12 years now and I think of him daily, but nowadays, when I do, I smile a whole lot are in our thoughts and prayers.

~ Julie and Steve White, Hampton, Virginia
November 25, 2010
Betsy and family,
You were so lucky to have Mr. G. for so long. All of you will be at my table this day, in my heart and in my prayers.
God Bless.

~ Linda May Crayton '66, Hampton, Virginia

November 25, 2010
Betty and Family, we were so very sorry to hear of Curly's passing, worked with him many years at C&P always fun to be with, will never
forget the good times. Take care. Gene and Sheila Bloxom

November 26, 2010
Aunt Betty, Betsy & Patsy,
I was heartbroken to learn that Uncle Curly has passed away on Sunday. Kathleen and I really enjoyed seeing you all at Sandy's Reception and I've thought of you often since then. Uncle Curly had such a buoyant spirit and a wonderful, playful sense of humor. Our prayers are with you. Bill and Kathleen Ashe

November 27, 2010
I was sorry to read about Curly's passing. It has been forever since I worked with you both at C&P and it always brightened my day to have Curly drop by our office. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Betsy, Patsy, and the Goodwin family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me

Words by Edward Hopper

Music by John E. Gould, 1871

Jesus Savior, pilot me over life's tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll, hiding rock and treacherous shoal;
Chart and compass came from Thee; Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

As a mother stills her child, Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boisterous waves obey Thy will, when Thou say'st to them "Be still!"
Wondrous Sov'reign of the sea, Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

When at last I near the shore and the fearful breakers roar,
'Twixt me and the peaceful rest; then, while leaning on Thy breast,
May I hear Thee say to me, "Fear not, I will pilot thee."

"Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me" midi and lyrics courtesy of - um, a long time ago...

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Animated Navy Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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