George Goodwin


George Edward Goodwin was born January 2, 1933, to the parents of Lee Morris and Carrie Bell Goodwin in Shuqulak, Mississippi. George had a nineth-grade education, but with the things he accomplished you would have thought he had his master’s degree because of the wisdom, knowledge and experience gained throughout his years.

George had the privilege of meeting the love of his life Doris Hickman at an early age in Shuqulak, Mississippi. They dated for about a year before he was called to go off to the Army. On a short furlough, he came home to ask Doris for her hand in marriage. The two became one on December 29th, 1954, and were married in Meridian, Mississippi. After an honorable discharge from the army, they moved to Marion, Ohio in 1955 and resided there for 45 years.

George served in the Army from 1953 to April 1955. From the Army, he obtained a position at Marion Engineer Depot from 1955 to 1960. He transferred to Columbus’s Guard Force in 1960 to the Defense Construction Supply Company (DCSC), but he was looking for something better. In 1965 he was promoted to the Fire Department of DCSC as a firefighter, a driver, a crew chief. As the years went by, he was promoted to Assistant Chief. He retired from the Fire Department in 1986 after 33 years and 9 months of service with the Federal Government.

In between the time he worked with the Fire Department, he also worked for a Garden Center in Marion until it closed. Once the Garden Center closed, he went into entrepreneurship for himself in a Lawn Care Service. He worked that business with the help of his children for 6 years. He loved being busy after retirement and worked at a nursing home where he served breakfast and lunch. In 2000, he became the tour guide for the Marion Area Convention and Visitors Bureau where many people came to tour the “big” city of Marion.

George was saved and loved the Lord. He attended Kings Temple Church in Marion, Ohio under the following pastorships: Elder Charles Smith and Elder Tyrone Kaiser. There he participated as a church board member and sang in the Men’s choir. One of his favorite Gospel artists to listen to was the Canton Spirituals. In 2004, he and his wife moved to Columbus, Ohio to be closer to their four children. They became members of Grace Apostolic, where Bishop James Gaiters became his pastor. He served as a greeter welcoming the saints with a morning joke and giving them a big smile.

In his younger years, George played basketball and softball of which he played very well. As the years went by, he enjoyed riding his bike, going to garage sales, finding antiques, and was a man that appreciated sporty cars. He showed his feelings of tenderness in his special writings during certain holidays and loved being the doorkeeper at Grace Apostolic. George was a true family-oriented person always making sure his family was well taken care of and taught them to always love and respect one another.

George was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Carrie Goodwin; wife, Doris Jean Goodwin; brothers, John Goodwin, Alvin Goodwin, and Junell Goodwin; sister, Beverly Green; and granddaughter, Alexandria Goodwin.

George leaves to cherish in their memories four children, Sandra (Gregory) Ward, Columbus, Ohio, Edward (Jennifer) Goodwin, Williamsport, OH, Frann (Michael) Lowery, Columbus, Ohio, and Jerome (Belinda) Goodwin, Columbus, OH; brothers, Melvin (Arabell) Goodwin, East St. Louis, MO, and Milton (Calvina) Goodwin, Dayton, OH; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and several generations of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation 9:00am and Funeral 10:00am Saturday, March 19, 2022 at Grace Apostolic Church, 1743 E. Lakeview Ave.

Entombment at Kingwood Memorial Park.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Jason & Delina Anderson

    Our condolences to you and family Keisha. Losing a loved one is never easy and we pray that God gives you all comfort and strength during this time.

  2. Freda Gatewood

    My condolence to you Fran and your family. Your dad will surely get to be with your beautiful mother in heaven. Both of them were beautiful souls. God bless and again sorry for your loss.

  3. My heart is broken once again. God has called one of his favorite worker home and one of my favorite Deacon. Jesus I know you are God that knows all. Deacon George you will be missed. Praying for the family as they go through the home going of their love one. GONE BUT NEVER FORGOT.

  4. My condolences to the FAMILY. I been in your shoes and this is such a difficult time. My prayers and our love is with you all. May God Bless you and smile on you all.

  5. Sorry for your loss cousins I love yall and I’m praying for you guys

  6. My deepest sympathies to the Family. I work at Ohio Health lab in Westerville. I drew George and Dorthy’s blood for many years. They were the sweetest, loving couple I had ever met. RIH George and Dorthy

  7. Steven & Phenon Lowery

    To our sister-in-law, Frann and the entire Goodwin Family,
    Steven and I wish to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. We realize that you are still coping with losing your wonderfully beloved mother and our prayers are with you. We know that the Lord is holding you in the palm of His hands as we continue to pray for comfort for you and the family. May God bless you and heaven be yours.

  8. Lady Dolorus Nevels

    To the Family of Lady Sandra (Goodwin) Ward and her husband Elder Gregory Ward.
    On behalf of our leaders, staff, and members of the ODC Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows Alliance, please accept our sincere condolences on the transition of your father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great grandfather, Brother George Goodwin. We are praying God’s comforting arms will be around the entire family and provide grace and strength that will be needed in the days and weeks ahead.

  9. Condolences to all of George’s family members. He was a wonderful neighbor, and it was a pleasure to get to know him. Your dedication to taking care of George and Doris in their final years speaks so well for the kind of parents they were. I am sure they are together again watching down upon you with love.

  10. helen none Dewberry

    Prayer, love & sympathy for the family. The Lord will give you comfort and peace. You can call
    on Him any time of day or night.

    Pastor Robert & Evang Helen Dewberry
    Bethel Pentecostal Temple Church Family

  11. I worked at the doctors office where both George and Dorothy were patients for a long time. They were both always so pleasant and kind. George would walk in always ready to say something sly and make me laugh…you could see his love for Dorothy and they had a very nice family. May you both Rest In Peace together. It was my privilege to have known you.

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