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“Jean and family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Dr. Goodwin was such a nice man. I remember him around the hospital when you and I worked...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Darlene Hipps

“Please accept my condolences on Dr. Goodwin's passing. My father always spoke fondly of his Uncle Ernest. ”
2 of 29 | Posted by: Julia Goodwin

“So sorry to hear of Dr Goodwin's passing. My thought's and prayer's go out to the family. May the memories you hold dear, comfort you now and...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Cindy Dixon-Owen

“Ernie, We have been good friends for a long time. We did a lot of things together even sleeping in chicken house. We built a bicycle built for...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: Ronnie Yergan

“To Gina and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Dr Goodwin was a wonderful man and met him several times in college when visiting with Gina. Enjoy...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Trish Ulrich (Dish)

“Elaine and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. ”
6 of 29 | Posted by: Gail McElrath Paxton

“My name is justin Surrett I hope and pray everything will be ok he was my doctor when I was a kid he is the one who knew the reason I could not walk...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Justin surrett

“Gina and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Goodwin was a wonderful man. ”
8 of 29 | Posted by: Tammy (Reid) Mulkey

“Gina, my deepest condolences to you and your family. You are in my prayers. ”
9 of 29 | Posted by: Karen Webre (KT)

“My thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Ernie and Jean went above and beyond for me and it will never be forgotten. Jean you hang in...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Brian Worley

“My heart goes out to your family. He was the greatest doctor and saw my family through a long portion of my life. ”
11 of 29 | Posted by: Kenny Green

“Jean, prayers and love to you and family. ”
12 of 29 | Posted by: Norma long

“Keely & Family, So sorry to hear of your loss. We will be praying for you and your family. ”
13 of 29 | Posted by: Derek. Robin, Emma & Allie Fisher

“Jean and Family. Please know that you have my thoughts and prayers during this time. My deepest sympathy to all of you. If I can be of any help...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Anne Mathews

“Jean and family, you have my deepest sympathy. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless always. ”
15 of 29 | Posted by: Juanita Dixon

“So Sorry to learn of Ernie's passing. He was without a doubt the most inspiring and best Sunday School teacher I experienced in my 80 years. ”
16 of 29 | Posted by: John Dobbins

“Jean & Family: Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of sadness. Dr. Goodwin was a great physician, a friend to many, and...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Sharon Johnson-Franks

“Jean and family, we are so saddened by Ernie passing, long years of friendship won't ever be forgotten, our prayers will be with you. ”
18 of 29 | Posted by: Howard &wanda; Metcalf

“Jean and family, we are so sad for your loss and the loss we all will feel for Ernie's passing. I will always remember him as a choir member and...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: Geneal and Danny Bates

“What a great man that I fondly remember in my teens spending the night with Gina and Ernie would just shake his head at us. He was such a lovely ,...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: Karen Boone

“Jean and family, we are saddened to hear of Ernie's passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
21 of 29 | Posted by: Tammy, Jane and R.L. Shipman

“My sympathies to the family. He shall be missed. An asset to Haywood County. ”
22 of 29 | Posted by: Sharon Byers Conner

“Dr. Goodwin was my doctor for many years till he retired. Good man. Please accept my prayers and sympathy. Sincerely, Pat Williams ”
23 of 29 | Posted by: Pat Williams

“Dr Goodwin is one of the finest men that I 've ever had the privilege of knowing in my lifetime. He s touched so many lives in and out of the doctors...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: Stacy O. West

“Jean, so sorry to hear of Dr. Goodwin's death. Working with him at Haywood Hospital was always a joy. He treated all the same from nurses to...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Eva Farren

“Jean, so sorry to hear of Ernie's death. Jean V. Ray told me. Also sorry we've not kept in touch these many years. Sorry to have to use this...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: Linda Blackwood Autry

“Jean and girls, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Charlie and Helen ”
27 of 29 | Posted by: Charles Cordell

“Jean and family: So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, ”
28 of 29 | Posted by: BJ Mills

“My deepest sympathy,Dot Blackwell ”
29 of 29 | Posted by: A friend


"A Tradition of Excellence" Canton - Dr. Ernest Boyd "Ernie" Goodwin Jr, age 82, passed away on Friday, June 30, 2017 at his residence. Ernie was born on December 30, 1934 in Lincolnton, North Carolina and was a son of the late Ernest Boyd Goodwin, Sr. and Virginia Frazier Goodwin. He earned his undergraduate degree from the Citadel and received his medical education at Duke University Medical School. After completing his internship at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital, he entered the United States Army as a Captain. Dr. Goodwin was assigned to the Southern European Task Force and was stationed in Verona, Italy for three years. Following his military service in 1965, he and his family moved to Canton, where he established his medical practice at Midway Medical Center. Dr. Goodwin also served as Chief of Staff and Chairman of the Board of Haywood County Hospital. He was also instrumental in helping establish the Haywood County Rescue Squad which was one of the first Mobile Coronary Care Units in the United States. Dr. Goodwin served as a Sunday school teacher for 40 years at Central United Methodist Church of Canton where he was also a member of the adult choir. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jean Buckner Goodwin; daughter, Elaine and husband, Michael Rhymer, along with grandson Lance Pierce; daughter, Gina and husband, Scott Gaspard, along with grandsons Powell and Beau Gaspard; and daughter, Keely and husband, Danny Bryson, along with grandson, Caleb Bryson and granddaughter, Kaylee Bryson. Also surviving him are his sister, Sylvia Venturini, and her sons Ben and Ryland Lacey, and his niece, Ann Kinnebrew and her family. A special thank you is extended to Care Angels and especially Mary Arrington, Bobby Rogers, and Cathy West for the wonderful care given to Dr. Goodwin. The family would like to thank the many medical providers that worked with Dr. Goodwin through the years, especially Pat Bradley, who helped him serve his patients for 31 years. A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 7, 2017 at Central United Methodist Church of Canton with the Reverend Paul D. Brown officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the United States Army. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church. There will be a memory basket provided at the visitation and memorial service for family, friends, and colleagues to write down their favorite cherished memories of Dr. Goodwin. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Haywood County Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 1275, Canton, NC, 28716.

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