Funeral services for John Douglas Goodwin, 83, of Jacksonville, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at Autry Funeral Home chapel, with Pastor Joel McMahon officiating. 

Burial will follow at Jacksonville City Cemetery.

Mr. Goodwin passed away Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, in Jacksonville. 

John Douglas Goodwin was born June 20, 1926, in the Providence Community near Jacksonville.

Mr. Goodwin was a member of First United Methodist Church, Jacksonville. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. 

Douglas retired in 1991 as a carpenter shop foreman from Union Carbide in Texas City. He was a carpenter by trade. 

Douglas was preceded in death by his son, John Philip Goodwin; parents, Samuel Tilden and Mary Bessie Nicholds Goodwin; sisters and brother, Dorothy Goodwin, Marie Coxe, Marsha Ellington and Reagain Goodwin. 

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Martha Marie Goodwin of Jacksonville; sons William David Goodwin and wife Bonnie of Elkhart and Gregory Patton Goodwin Sr. and wife Teresa of Jacksonville; one brother, Robert Goodwin and wife Syble of Austin; sister, Gladys and husband Joseph “Joe” Parker of League City; sister-in-law Jo Ethelyn Patton and husband Jim Smrekar of Jacksonville; nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. 

Pallbearers will be Brent Goodwin, Phil Goodwin, Chance Hamilton, Greg Goodwin Jr., John E. Goodwin, Sgt. George Bulcken, USMC and Virgil Ybarra. 

Honorary pallbearers will be former Union Carbide co-workers.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

A special word of thanks to Dr. Ariel Lee and the staff of the Tyler Hematology Oncology Clinic for their caring, compassion and assistance to Douglas and his family.

In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, or the American Cancer Society, Cherokee County’s Relay for Life, or any local Leukemia Research Foundation.

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