Arthur Fountain Goodwyn

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Arthur Fountain Goodwyn of Tarboro, "Big Art" and affectionately known to his grandchildren as "Papa Art", passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC, on Thursday, November 17th. He was born in Fountain, NC, on August 13, 1928, and raised in Leggett, NC, on their family farm, Cedar Lane. Arthur graduated from the Oak Ridge Military Academy, one of the oldest Military Academies in the United States, in Oak Ridge, NC, in 1947 and received his Arts and Sciences degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1951. At Carolina, he was a member of ROTC and the Sigma Nu fraternity. He also lettered in Track and Field. In 1951, a month after graduation Arthur joined the Air Force. Arthur served 22 years in the Air Force as a Radar Navigator/Bombardier on the B-47 and the B-52 Bombers. He flew a tour of duty in Vietnam and received numerous Medals of Honor for courage and valor. He was featured in Time Magazine on June 23, 1961, in an article covering the Strategic Air Command (SAC). Arthur was stationed all over the world from to Tuscon, Arizona, to Limestone, Maine, to Tripoli, Libya, rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was a Squadron Commander at Wheelus Air Base in Libya and returned to the US to Seymour Johnson Air Force base in Goldsboro, NC, in 1969. Arthur enjoyed a second career after retirement from Air Force, and served with the Edgecombe County School system for over 20 years.
He was one of three sons, the middle child, born to William Leggett Goodwyn, Sr. & Lula Fountain Goodwyn. He was the loving husband of Irene Bass Goodwyn for more than 57 years. He was preceded in death by his parents William Leggett Goodwyn Sr. and Lula Fountain Goodwyn; by his younger brother, George Almon Goodwyn and his eldest son, Arthur F Goodwyn, II. Arthur is survived by his wife, Irene Bass Goodwyn of the home, his middle son Carson Leggett Goodwyn of Myrtle Beach, SC, his youngest son, William Fountain Goodwyn and his wife Leigh of Charlotte, NC, and their children, Carson and Gray.
Among Arthur's many interests, he enjoyed traveling the world. He and Irene would take off for exotic destinations at a moment's notice. He loved to explore international wineries and was especially fond of traveling in Australia and the Pacific Northwest, including Western Canada. They would often be away for months at a time. Arthur developed a great passion for golf at the ripe young age of 67, and cherished this time spent with close friends on the course.
Arthur owned homes in Duck, NC, where he enjoyed preparing King Crab legs for family and friends. In recent years, he was especially fond of time spent with his grandchildren in Charlotte, who nick named him "Papa Art". Arthur was famous for his holiday Eggnog and homemade loaves of German Stollen bread. Art and Irene would make hundreds of loaves of Stollen and gift them to the family and friends. No Christmas was complete without it.
Over the past few years, his driving force was his great care for his wife and life long partner, Irene, as she experienced continuous cancer treatment.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, November 20, 2011, at Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church in Tarboro, NC. The family will receive friends following the service. There will be a viewing for family and friends on Saturday, November 19, 2011, from 7:00 - 8:30pm at Carlisle Funeral Home in Tarboro. Arthur will receive a full military burial at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to Howard Memorial Church, 303 E. St. James St., Tarboro, NC, 27886, and the Air Force Memorial Foundation, One Air Force Memorial Dr., Arlington. VA, 22204.
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Published in Rocky Mount Telegram on Nov. 19, 2011