Born: March 15, 1935
Death: August 15, 2012
March 15, 1935 - August 15, 2012
Ben William Goodwin (Bennie) of Tryon, NC died Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at The Currituck House in Moyock, NC after a lengthy battle with cancer. Bennie was the loving husband of Gwen Goodwin for 47 years. Born in Spartanburg, SC on March 15, 1935, Bennie was the son of Ben P. and Helen Bell Goodwin.
A graduate of Spartanburg High School and Wofford College, Bennie served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Army Band while stationed in Japan. He was a professional flutist who played with the Spartanburg and Anderson Symphonies and led or participated in numerous musicals in Polk, Henderson and Rutherford counties. He was a member of Tryon First Baptist Church where he sang in the choir for many years. He was an active member of the Jeff L. Nelson Masonic Lodge and served on the Harmon Field Board. Bennie retired in 1992 as Band Director of Tryon High School.
Bennie is survived by two daughters, Tamara G. Reeves (Jeffrey) of Tryon, NC and her two sons Micah and Joshua Gravelle and Michelle G. Santa (CMDR Tom) of Moyock, NC and their two daughters Elysse and Lauren Santa; one brother-in-law Bill Allen of Cary, NC; three sisters-in-law, Cynthia Padgett and Sonya Waltz, both of Smoaks, SC and Charlene Johnson of Tryon, NC; a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends who are considered family.
In addition to his parents, Bennie was predeceased by his wife, Gwen, who died August 21, 2011, and his two sisters Frieda Allen and Machree Holder.
Bennie and Gwen lived in Pacolet Valley in the same house for 47 years. He wanted everyone to know how much he loved Tryon as well as the people of Tryon and the community.
A memorial service will be held at Tryon First Baptist Church, Tryon, NC on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM.
Memorials may be made to Tryon First Baptist Church Choir, P. O. Box 1287, Tryon, NC 28782 or The Currituck House, 141 Moyock Landing Drive, Moyock, NC 27958.
Twiford Funeral Home of Elizabeth City, NC is serving the family. Online condolences may be left at twifordfh.com.