Dr. James Denton “Denny” Goodwin

Published 6:55 pm Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Dr. James Denton “Denny” Goodwin died Friday, Jan. 6 at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Ga. He had entered Kennestone on Nov. 4 with pneumonia and died of complications.

Denny was born Sept. 10, 1942 to H.C. and Vera Goodwin in Pascagoula, Miss. He graduated from Pascagoula High School and received a B.A. from Mississippi College, a Master of Divinity Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Ministry Degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

While attending Southwestern, he served as Language Coordinator at the SBC Radio and Television Commission. After graduation he served churches in Alabama for over 35 years.

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He pastored Greensboro Baptist Church, Aliceville Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church of Demopolis. He served as director of Missions for the Hale County Baptist Association for the last seven years of his ministry.

In 2007, he and Barbara moved to the Atlanta area to be near family. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Barbara Davis Goodwin; his son, Jonathan (Lori) Goodwin of Woodstock, Ga.; his daughter Amy (Jon) Gamble of Johns Creek, Ga.; one brother, Harold (Emy) Goodwin of Pascagoula, Miss.; one brother-in-law, James (Martha) Davis of Sandy Springs, Ga.; his grandchildren, Helen Marie and Abigail Goodwin and Bryant and Coleman Gamble; his nephews, Darren Goodwin and Austin Davis; and his nieces, Jennifer Goodwin and Lauren Davis.

Retirement allowed Denny time to enjoy hobbies. He build a model railroad and spent hours whit his grandchildren working on it.

One of his favorite hobbies since his youth has been HAM Radio, and he loved being a member of the North Fulton Amateur Radio League and attending the weekly lunches with members.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Roswell and served as President of the Fellowship Class and as chairman of the Senior Adult Council.

To honor his life, the family has established a scholarship fund to benefit a graduating senior of the First Baptist Church of Demopolis.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the scholarship fund in his name in care of the First Baptist Church of Demopolis, P.O. Box 1009, Demopolis, AL 36732.

Memorial services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Demopolis. Burial was Tuesday at the Indianola Cemetery in Indianola, Miss. Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.