Mrs. Raynell Free Goodwin, age 86, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013. She was born March 4, 1927 in Elba, Ala., to Dan and Vonnie Fillingim Free. Mrs. Goodwin was married on April 30, 1944 to Harold Goodwin in DeFuniak Springs. She retired from Purdue Farms, where she held numerous positions. Earlier in her life pastimes included fishing and floundering in the Chocotachee Bay and sunbathing as a pioneer on Seagrove Beach with friends and family. As a retiree, she never slowed down or stopped working. She and her dear friend Versie Ard helped in the community, and shopped a lot together! She was a caretaker of those in need, and her most treasured moments were spent with her grandchildren, especially her three great grandchildren. She never missed an opportunity to go and do with her many friends especially Versie and Ross Dannelley. Drinking coffee at McDonald's with Sue Stone and watching others was a weekly activity. "Momo" as her family called her, was a treasured gift from God. She always kept you on your toes and let her opinions be well known! She was always willing to host holiday meals and family gatherings in her home. She was a kind, Godly woman who thoroughly enjoyed life and all the opportunities that came her way.
Mrs. Goodwin was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Harold Goodwin; two children; one granddaughter, Carrie Herring; one sister, Hazel Pelham; one foster son, Emory Holley; her in-laws, Edna and Elmer Goodwin; sister-in-law, Doris Sutton, and brother-in-law, Delmer Rushing.
Mrs. Goodwin is survived by her daughter, Jackie Herring and her husband Steve of the Cluster Spring Community; one sister, Sarah Day and her husband Earl of Seagrove Beach; one sister in-law, Jewel Rushing of DeFuniak Springs; two grandchildren, Carla King and her husband Niles of Freeport, and Daniel Herring and his wife Wendy of Dothan Ala.; three great grandchildren, Niles King III, Samuel Herring, and Courtney Herring; two foster grandchildren, Ann Glass, and Mary Kelly; one foster daughter in law, Mary Holley and two foster great grandchildren, Blaze and Emory.
A time of visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel; 230 Park Avenue; DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 10, 2013 at Baldwin Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. Wilber Williams officiating. Floral arrangements are being accepted. Burial followed in the Magnolia Cemetery. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at www.clary-glenn.com.
Clary-Glenn Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.