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Charles William Goodwin, 84, Kingsport, Sullivan Co TN,
peacefully entered his heavenly home on Wednesday, April 2,
2014, after a short battle with kidney disease. He was born
December 18, 1929.
Charles was a retired business owner/operator and successful
international musician. He was the founder and leader of the
Charles Goodwin Orchestra and formerly owned and operated
the Charles Goodwin music company in Kingsport, TN. He was
an active member of First Baptist Church of Kingsport where he
and his family worshiped for more than 50 years.
During his years as a musician, he played with some of the
biggest names in the music business, such as, Bob Hope, Red
Skelton, Glen Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Charlie Spivak,
Marvin Gaye, Frank Sinatra Jr., Kay Starr, Helen Reddy, Bob
Crosby, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and others too many to mention.
He gained the respect of musicians from all over the world and
in his later years traveled most weekends with his son, Fred, to
play all up and down the east coast. He was featured a few years
ago with the Milligan College Jazz Band as one of the elder
Statesmen of Jazz in Tennessee, along with his friends, Jimmy
Fleenor and Bill Gamble. He was in demand also as an arranger,
and some of his arrangements were featured on a Grammy
nominated album recorded by the great big band leader, Charlie
He was also in a scene of the movie, 'Coal Miner's Daughter,'
with his friends, Gene Young, Rudy Brinkley, Ron Hensley, and
Fred Goodwin. They were in a band backing up Sissy Spacek,
who was playing the part of Loretta Lynn. Even with all the
traveling that Charles did, when he was in town, he always
made it to church to play for 3 children's Sunday school classes
at First Baptist Church, Kingsport, TN. One of the last concerts
that he played was with Kingsport's own Symphony of the
Mountains last fall. He was happiest when he was behind the
keyboard of a piano.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Pearl
Goodwin; sisters, Evelyn Hobbs, Pauline Kimbler, and Madeline
Stine; brother, Alvin Goodwin; and two infant sisters.
Charles is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Ruth Frey
Goodwin; son, Fred Goodwin and wife Carol, of Elizabethton,
TN; daughters, Barbara Tilley and husband Alan, of Kingsport,
TN, Gayle Southerland, of Kingsport, TN, and Emily Millwood
and husband Mark, of Bristol, TN; brother, Bob Goodwin and
wife Brendagail, of Copperas Cove, TX; sisters, Edna Mae
Dunham, of Blountville, TN, Hazel Bowman, of Bristol, VA, and
Linda Hampton, of Daytona Beach, FL; grandchildren, Angela
Willocks, Amy Cole, and Nathan Goodwin, of Elizabethton, TN,
Melissa Reid, of Gatlinburg, TN, Matthew Tilley, of Waynesboro,
PA, of Elizabethton, TN, Spencer Southerland, of Kingsport, TN,
and Olivia and Lucy Millwood of, Bristol, TN; sixteen great
grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.
The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m, on
Sunday, April 6, 2014, at First Baptist Church, Kingsport, TN.
A celebration of Mr. Goodwin’s life will be held immediately
following the visitation.
Interment will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 7, 2014, at Glenwood
Hills Cemetery, in Bristol, TN. The family and friends should
meet at the cemetery prior to the committal service.
Please celebrate his life and legacy for all the lives he has touched.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Mr. Goodwin’s
honor to the Music Ministry of First Baptist Church,
200 W. Church Circle, Kingsport, TN 37660.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport, TN, is serving the
family of Charles William Goodwin.