Garry K. Goodwyn

Our heavenly father called Garry "Zap" Keith Goodwyn of Church Road, Va., into eternal rest on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. Garry was born on Oct. 23, 1953, to Dora and the late Willie "Boojack" Goodwyn Sr. He accepted Christ and joined Union Baptist Church at an early age.

Gary attended Amelia County public schools and was a 1972 graduate of Amelia County High School, class of 1972. Shortly after, he joined the United States Army specializing as an engineering equipment mechanic stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army on Oct. 8, 1980. After returning home from Fort Bliss, Garry attended Virginia State University majoring in art design. In 1991, while working with the U.S. Army combined Arms Support Command in Fort Lee, he was officially commended for his dedicated support for Desert Shield, Desert Storm. Garry was also commended for achieving the exceptional performance rating and performance award in the operations division of engineering and housing. His performance of duties exceeded normal requirements to such an extent as to warrant this special recognition. He also, worked numerous jobs around the Petersburg metropolitan area.

Zap enjoyed hanging out with his family and friends. He also should have had stock in the VA state lottery. Zap loved working on cars and especially loved his dreads.

Garry leaves with fond memories to cherish: his devoted and loving mother, Dora Goodwyn of Church Road, Va.; three loving sisters, Jacquelyn Carey and Robbin Alston (James), both of Lanham, Md., and Dorian McCray of Henrico, Va.; one devoted brother, Willie (Spanky) Goodwyn Jr; one sister-in-law, Thelma Goodwyn (Dobbie), both of Church Road, Va.; two aunts, Virginia Morgan of Church Road, Va., and Alice Williams of Henrico, Va.; three uncles, Howard Johnson Sr. of Richmond, Va., Jessie Perry of Baltimore, Md., and Charles Thompson (Dawn) of Staunton, Va.; one great-aunt, Gladys Shelton of Richmond, Va.; two nieces, Jamika McCray of Henrico, Va., and Nichelle Finney of Charlottesville, Va.,; three nephews, Maurice Carey of Washington, Eric McCray of Norfolk, Va., and D'Mon Goodwyn of Church Road, Va.; three little dear great-nieces, Kyhia and Torrie McCray of Henrico, Va., and D'Vyne Dudley of Hyattsville, Md.; stepaunts and uncles, Mary Banks, Hattie Pearl Worsham, and Charles (Lynn) Finney; and a host of cousins; and friends especially those in the Petersburg area. Two dear friends Linda Carey and William (Jesse) Johnson.

A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Union Baptist Church, Amelia, the Rev. Dr. Leroy Rhone, pastor, officiate. Interment will follow at church cemetery.

The family will assemble one hour prior to service at 2140 Chesdin Lake Road, Church Road, VA.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of William N. Bland & Son Funeral Home, Petersburg. For more information or to leave an online condolence please visit

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Bland & Tucker Funeral Home
137 Harrison Street  Petersburg, VA 23803
(804) 732-7841

Published in The Progress-Index from Sept. 13 to Sept. 19, 2013