H. Clark Goodwin

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H. Clark Goodwin MONROE - H. Clark Goodwin, 79, of Monroe, entered Life Eternal on Thursday, April 10, 2014. He was the eldest son of Sam and Ruth Goodwin, of Monroe, and was born on Nov. 24, 1934. Clark was raised in Union County and graduated from Monroe High School. He attended Wingate Junior College and transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Clark is also a graduate of the Indiana University School of Banking. Clark Goodwin retired from a 42-year banking career. He began his banking career in Marshville and it led him to Albemarle where he eventually became president of NC Federal Savings and Loan. Clark returned to Union County in 1982 to start the Bank of Union, which was sold in 1999. Clark served on numerous boards and was a respected leader, philanthropist, and public servant. He served for over 40 years as a member of the Wingate University Board of Trustees - the longest serving trustee in the school's history. In 2012, Clark's beloved Wingate University awarded him with a Doctor of Humane Letters Degree. Clark was also one of the founding members of the Jesse Helms Center Foundation. His efforts in that organization helped the Jesse Helms Center become one of the leading Senatorial libraries in the country. The Jesse Helms Center Foundation officially named the original Helms Center building the Dickson-Goodwin House in recognition of Clark Goodwin. Clark also served as Chairman of the Monroe Economic Development Commission for 17 years and was recognized as the Monroe Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year in 2013 for his leadership and public service. He was also a founding board member at the Turning Point Shelter in Monroe and was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church. Clark Goodwin was also a Master Mason of Albemarle 703 A.F. and A.M. Clark Goodwin will be remembered for his strength of character, integrity, humility, generosity, philanthropy, love of family, and devotion to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was known as the consummate Southern Gentleman, impeccable dresser, and fan of the color Augusta Green. Despite a successful banking career, accolades, and civic recognitions, Clark was most proud of his children and grandchildren. Clark is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cynthia Freeman Goodwin, of Monroe; his children, Eric Goodwin (Michele) of Charlotte, Ashley Wood (Cody) of Little River, S.C., Jason Wall of Pawleys Island, S.C., and Stephanie Rankin (Colby) of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; grandchildren, Gray and Anna Kate Goodwin, Mia Wood, and Elizabeth Rankin; siblings, Sam Goodwin of Monroe, Ruth Ann Goodwin of Albemarle, Caroline Goodwin Schoor, of Banner Elk, Cindy Goodwin Fisher of Charlotte, and Donald Goodwin's widow, Carolyn Goodwin, of Monroe. Clark was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and "Mama Ruth" Goodwin, his first wife, Peggy Helms Goodwin, and his brother Dr. Donald Goodwin. The celebration of Clark Goodwin's life will be at First Presbyterian Church in Monroe on Monday, April 14, 2014, at 1 p.m. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First Presbyterian Church, f/b/o H. Clark Goodwin Memorial Education Fund, 302 E. Windsor St., Monroe, NC 28112. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Gordon Funeral Service & Crematory. Online condolences may be made at www.gordonfuneralservice.com.

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Published in Charlotte Observer on Apr. 13, 2014
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