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Willie Parker Goodwin Sr., better known as Bill, of 102 Twiddy Avenue, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, in Chowan Hospital in Edenton. He was born on March 11, 1914, in the Greenfield area of Chowan County and had lived in Chowan County all of his 96 years. His parents were the late Virginia Parker and William J. Goodwin. He was married from 1938 to 1973 to the late Annie Cobb Goodwin, mother of his two children, and later was married from 1974 to 1990 to the late Louise Ward Goodwin.
Bill was retired from the US Postal Service with 36 years of service as assistant post master in Edenton. During World War II he was detailed to the post office at the US Marine Corps Auxiliary Airfield near Edenton. He also worked part-time with Evans Funerals and Cremations for several years.
Bill began his Masonic journey when he was raised a Master Mason on June 10, 1943, and was immediately appointed Tiler at the Unanimity Lodge No. 7, A.F. & M. Elected to Junior Warden in 1944, Senior Warden in 1945 and Master of Unanimity Lodge in 1946. He passed his lecturer's exam and became a Certified Lecturer on October 25, 1950 and was still certified. Since that time, Bill had served in many offices and positions, to wit: District Deputy Grand Lecturer, District Deputy Grand Master, Secretary of Unanimity Lodge for 22 years, Worthy Patron, District Deputy Worthy Patron, Eastern Star Grand Representative for Delaware in North Carolina. He was cited earlier this year for his 60 years service as a Certified Lecturer. He once said he had coached well over 100 Masonic candidates to become certified lecturers.
Surviving Mr. Bill is a daughter, Jean Goodwin Santa Maria, of Ramstein, Germany, a son, Willie P. Goodwin Jr, of Arlington, Va.; a grandson, James R. Marlowe, of Front Royal, Va.; and a sister, Virginia Goodwin Wells, of Edenton.
A graveside service with full Masonic Rites will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, at Beaver Hill Cemetery in Edenton. Friends may join the family from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 13, at the funeral home and other times at the residence. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.evansfac.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Masonic & Eastern Star Home, 700 Holden Drive, Greensboro, NC or the Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital in Greenville, SC. Evans Funerals and Cremations of Edenton is serving the Goodwin family.
Published in The Daily Advance on Dec. 12, 2010