Goodwin, Robert Flournoy - Winston-Salem Journal

Goodwin Winston-Salem Robert Flournoy Goodwin Jr. Nov. 1, 1929 - April 10, 2019 Robert Flournoy Goodwin Jr., died April 10 in his 90th year at Arbor Acres. Bob was born in Richmond,

VA, November 1, 1929 to Robert F Goodwin, Sr. and Lillian Murray Smith Goodwin. Bob quipped that he was so surprised at being born he was speechless for over a year. However, Bob became an artful storyteller who never let the truth get in the way of a good tale. He often said "Flattery will get you everywhere," so here goes: Bob's family moved to Winston-Salem, and he started first grade at Wiley Elementary where he played the role of the woodchopper in "Snow White" and graduated from Reynolds High School in 1947 where he had roles in several plays. Bob loved spending summers as a lifeguard at Kanuga Lake. He was an acolyte at St Paul's Episcopal Church and was asked to entertain the children of a visiting summer priest. He did such a good job he married the clergyman's daughter. But not before graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill and making lifelong friends at Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Bob married Caroline Winter Cobey in 1951 at St. Mary's Chapel in Raleigh. After a three day honeymoon, he enlisted in the Army and served three years in the Army Finance Corps. Then Bob and Caroline settled in Winston-Salem where he worked for John Hancock Life Insurance Company, and their family grew with the birth of three daughters. Bob and Caroline were charter members of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church. Bob once served as emcee for the Miss Winston-Salem pageant and was a founding member of the Twin City Kiwanis Club. He was a talented pianist, often providing musical entertainment at the annual Kiwanis Pancake Supper. He played tennis well into his 80's, saying he played "Cinderella tennis" because he was happy just to get to the ball. Bob discovered his gift for teaching when preparing others to pass the Chartered Life Underwriters exam. At age 35, he went back to Chapel Hill for a semester to earn a teacher's certificate and then taught English at North Forsyth High School from 1965 until 1997. As a teacher, he gave his heart to the role and put on six shows a day. Bob encouraged students to aim high, inspiring some to be the first in their family to go to college, to become professionals, to write poetry, to appreciate Shakespeare and American art, and build their vocabulary with weekly tests that always began with "mundane" and ended with "vicissitudes." He served as the girls' tennis coach and the school Key Club Advisor, for which he received the North Carolina Advisor of the Year award. Bob's humor sustained him and all around him until his last breath. He stopped reading obituaries such as this one years ago, claiming they were too much peer pressure. His finest role was as family man. He adored his wife and managed to spoil his daughters without ruining them. He is survived by his wife, Caroline, with whom he shared 67, loving years; lucky daughters and husbands: Cobey and Rohn Wagoner of Midlothian, VA, Lisa and Tim Saunders, Ginny and Eric Jenkins of Charlotte; seven grandchildren: Philip Wagoner and his fiancé, Emily, Kristine Wagoner, Caroline Saunders, Julia Gray Farber and her husband Harrison, Rob Saunders, Scott Jenkins, and Mark Jenkins; and one great-grandchild: Joyce Little. He is also survived by his faithful caregiver and friend, Pamela Kate Smith Compton. A service to celebrate his life will be held at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 2575 Parkway Drive in Winston-Salem, on April 29 at 11 am. Memorials may be made to the Robert and Caroline Goodwin North Forsyth Scholarship at the Winston-Salem Foundation, 751 West Fourth Street, Suite 200 Winston-Salem, NC 27101.

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