Ms. Carolyn Goodwin




Mrs. Carolyn Mae Goodwin answered the call to be transformed to her Heavenly home Friday, June 3, 2022, after an extended illness.


She was a native of Kingsport and attended Douglas High School, then nursing school in Greenville, South Carolina, where she received her LPN. In 1974, Carolyn and her friend, Barbra Greene, had an opportunity to be part of the first crew of nurses and doctors to work at Indian Path Hospital, with only two floors at the time, under the direction of Dr. Monte Phillips. She loved nursing and being a mother, but with the arrival of the joy of her life, Renaldo, she left the hospital and became a school nurse at Abraham Lincoln Elementary school, where her son attended. She continued nursing until her decline in health in 2001.


She was very active in and loved her community. In 1978 Carolyn became a co-founder of the Douglass Alumni association and remained on the board until 2013. It bought joy to her heart to see her classmates come back to Kingsport and gather in the old school yard, young and old. She was also a member of the Daughters of the Elks Dunbar Temple No. 344 for over 48 years. In 1980 she received the key to the city of Kingsport from vice-mayor Mr. Richard Watterson for her faithful contributions of service.


She and one of her best friends, Mary Jane Carnes, arranged reunions taking cruises every two years from 1982 to 1993 to several islands. Carolyn loved attending Joyful Stitchers at her church with her friends, Gladys Gambrell, Raylene Miller, and Judy Phillips. One of her proudest accomplishments was baking pound cakes with homemade caramel icing and sharing them with family and friends. She loved making you laugh in a blink of an eye. Her humorous personality would leave you laughing for days.


Carolyn loved the piano and played it from childhood until she was a teenager. She truly loved her life and family and enjoyed supplying family gatherings with enough food to feed an army. Carolyn had many friends and loved her best friends from her early childhood and neighborhood, Barbra Bristol, Janet Banks, and Betty Jo King. They were like sisters that ran the streets.


Carolyn leaves behind to mourn her loss, her son, Renaldo Aki Goodwin; her beautiful hearts- her grandchildren, Jordan Renada (Justin) Carter, Makyiah Marli Goodwin, and Zabian Akilyn Goodwin; great-granddaughter, Blair Carter; brothers, Walter Flack and James Donald "Donnie" Flack; sister, Denise Dumas; special friend, Dallas Watterson; special acquaintance, James Bristol; and a host of nieces and nephews.


Services for Ms. Carolyn Goodwin will be conducted Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 12 pm from Shiloh Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 11 am until the hour of service.

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