AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Connor Cleckley Goodrich, died at Brandon Wilde on Tuesday afternoon, May 28, 2002. Graveside services will be conducted in the churchyard of St. Pauls Church, 605 Reynolds Street at 11 a.m., on Saturday, June 1, 2002, with the Reverend Lou Scales officiating. Mrs. Goodrich was born in Augusta on February 14, 1911. Her parents were Dr. William Connor Cleckley and Cora Davis Cleckley. She had an older brother, Dr. Hervey Cleckley. Mrs. Goodrich, who attended Houghton School, Headington School for Girls, Oxford, England, Tubman High School, the Junior College at the Academy of Richmond County, and Sweetbrier College, married Jimmie Dyess in November 1934. The Dyesss had one daughter, Connor Cleckley Dyess. Mrs. Goodrich became a widow at age 32 when her husband, Marine Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Dyess was killed in action on February 2, 1944. Colonel Dyess is the only person to have earned Americas two highest awards for heroism, the Medal of Honor and the Carnegie Medal. After World War II, she married Colonel Charles Grant Goodrich. After Colonel Goodrich retired from the Air Force in 1955, the couple returned to Augusta to spend their remaining years in their hometown. Colonel Goodrich died in 1987. As a young woman, Mrs. Goodrich won many trophies for her badminton prowess. She was very active in Augusta Players, the Junior League and the Summerville Garden Club. During and after World War II, Mrs. Goodrich served as a gray lady for various hospitals throughout the country as well as at University Hospital in Augusta. She was a strong supporter of animal welfare organizations, including the Augusta Humane Society. She was one of the original residents at Brandon Wilde, having moved into her cottage there in January 1991. She had a wide circle of friends who loved her for her gentleness, her caring and her warmth. Mrs. Goodrich is survived by her daughter, Connor Dyess Smith and her son-in-law, Maj. General Perry M. Smith, U.S. Air Force, retired, of Augusta; a grandson, Perry McCoy Smith III of Portland, Ore.; and a granddaughter, Serena Connor Verfurth of San Diego, Calif. She leaves two great-granddaughters, Dyess McCoy Verfurth and Porter Cleckley Verfurth. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested for the endowment fund of St. Pauls Church, 605 Reynolds Street, Augusta, GA 30901 or to the Humane Society of Augusta, P.O. Box 12035, Augusta, GA 30914-2035. After the graveside service on Saturday morning, General and Mrs. Smith will receive friends at their home on Cedar Hill Lane. "Nay, stranger, shed no idle tear. She loved and was loved all her years."
The Augusta Chronicle May 30, 2002