Helen Jenkins Goodwin


A memorial service for Helen Virginia Jenkins Goodwin, 89, of Kilgore will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the First Presbyterian Church with Reverend Will Wilson officiating. Mrs. Goodwin joined the church triumphant Thursday, July 19, 2018.

Helen was born April 19, 1929 in Midland, N.C., to John Milton and Zelma Viola Barbee Jenkins. Helen was one of eight children and grew up on a farm outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, where her father taught school. Education was stressed at an early age. Helen graduated from Bethel High School and played basketball at Pfeifer Junior College (now University) before graduating from Women's College in Greensboro, N.C., now known as The University of North Carolina Greensboro. While attending graduate school she met Dan F. Goodwin, Jr. They married May 23, 1952.

Helen moved to Kilgore from Shreveport, La., in 1974 as her husband became the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Helen loved cooking, especially making her frequently requested dinner rolls and fig preserves. She was an accomplished gardener, an avid bridge player, a member of P.E.O., and an active member of her church. She enjoyed volunteering at the East Texas Oil Museum, the American Heart Association, and the Texas Shakespeare Festival. Helen loved telling stories and always approached life with a sense of humor.

Mrs. Goodwin is survived by her sons, Daniel F. Goodwin, III and his wife Mattie of Shreveport, La., Scott Goodwin and his husband Paul Amaru of Atlanta, Ga., Bill Goodwin and his wife Michelle of Fort Worth; her daughter-in-law, Jennifer Goodwin of Spring; her sisters, Patricia Lookabill of Charlotte, N.C., and Ann Arnoult of Houston; her brothers-in-law, J. Randall Goodwin of Baton Rouge, La., and Ralph Webb of Charlotte, N.C.; her grandchildren, Paul Goodwin, Claire Goodwin, Geales Rawe (Craig), Andrew Goodwin, Grace Goodwin and Natalie Goodwin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband Dan and her son John Goodwin.

The family wishes to recognize Doug Hancock, Jo Hancock, Tina Zapata and India Stroope for their loving help and kindness.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the fellowship hall of the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made either to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1216, Kilgore, Texas 75663 or to Texas Presbyterian Foundation for The Dan F. Goodwin, Jr. Scholarship Fund c/o Texas Presbyterian Foundation, 6100 Colwell Blvd., Suite 250, Irving, TX 75039

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