EVANS, Ga. - Robert Roy Goodwin II of Evans, died May 21, 2002, after an extended illness. He is survived by his loving wife, Selly Goodwin; and three children and their spouses, Missy G. Michels, Evans, John M. Goodwin, Evans, and Robert Roy Goodwin III, Cullowhee, N.C.; his six grandchildren are Rob Jefferson Michels, Mary Virginia Michels, Vivian Reid Goodwin, Evelyn Wade Goodwin, Emma Mae Goodwin, and Selma Isabelle Goodwin. He was the son of Mrs. Isabelle North Goodwin, aged 94, of Evans and the late Dr. Thomas E. Goodwin. He is also survived by his aunts Miss Mary Belle Walker, aged 99 of Evans, Willene North of Evans and his three brothers, Thomas W. Goodwin Jr. of Macon, Dr. H. North Goodwin of Augusta, and Charles J. Goodwin of Augusta. He was a member of St. John United Methodist Church. He also served as organist for 10 years at Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, prior to retirement. In 1962, upon graduation from Washington and Lee University, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order, having served as Number One, and editor of the university newspaper, he entered the military service and served in France and Germany from 1962 through 1964. He was released from the Army as a Captain. He was employed at Merrill Lynch and Company from 32 years as a broker, senior sales consultant, and vice president. While at Merrill Lynch he was awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment from their training school in Princeton, N.J. as well as their Quarter Century Club. He was a member of the Chairmans Club. His interests, after retirement, included work in organ consulting and in helping churches raise money as a volunteer to restore their organs. Included was the organ at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, an 1865 Jardine, which without his efforts, funds may not have been raised. He also donated the funds to Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va. to restore fully the 1872 Henry Erven Organ, which was given in memory of Robert E. Lee. That organ faces the recumbent statue of Robert E. Lee in Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee. Mr. Goodwin established a scholarship at Washington and Lee for keyboard studies or a major in journalism if no music student qualifies. He also has supported local restoration efforts for organs in Augusta. Mr. Goodwin was very active in the Augusta Museum of History and served as chairman of their recent $1.8 million building campaign, which was successful and exceed the goal. He was honored by the museum by their naming their directors/conference room the Robert Roy Goodwin Conference Room. He was also a director of Tuesdays Music Live and the Riverwalk Concert Series. As a patron of local music events he helped August Opera, Augusta Childrens Chorale, Creative Impressions and several other organizations. Mr. Goodwin was a composer of music and had written and copyrighted four hymns which have been sung at most churches in Augusta. Funeral services will be held at St. John United Methodist Church on Thursday, May 23, 2002, at 11a.m. Platts Funeral Home on Belair Road in Evans is making arrangements. Private burial will follow. Officiating will be Rev. Terry Phillips and Rev. Cynthia Taylor of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church. Pallbearers are John Marks, Phillip Christman, Scott Loehr, Louis Walker, Hunter Baggs, and Charles J. Williamson. Honorary Pallbearers are present and past employees of Merrill Lynch and Company. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be sent to the Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds Street, August, GA 30901, St. John United Methodist Church Organ Fund, P.O. Box 444, Augusta, GA, 30903, or the Robert Toy Goodwin Scholarship Fund, C/O Washington and Lee University, Attn. Scholarship Department, Lexington, VA 24450-0303. Mr. Goodwins belief was that "you should always leave things better than you found them." Platts Funeral Home.
The Augusta Chronicle May 23, 2002