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Date published: 1/9/2014

Thomas 'Butch' Goodwin

Thomas Mills "Butch" Goodwin, 67, lost his courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at, his home in Spotsylvania County surrounded by his loving family.

Words can't express what a competent, compassionate and caring true Southern gentleman he was.

Butch was born Feb. 17, 1946, in Louisa, the son of the late Thomas Lee and Mildred Goodwin. After serving in the Air Force, he returned to his childhood home and secured a position with Verizon. He was a master building equipment mechanic for 30 years, then retired to enjoy family, woodworking, computers and golf. He was always willing to help family and friends with any project, and was loved and respected by all who knew him.

He is survived by the love of his life, Margaret Goodwin; a daughter, Cheryl Marie Henry and her husband, Fabian; and sons Thomas Michael Goodwin, Brian Eugene Goodwin, Richard Goodwin and wife Tess, Robert Goodwin and wife Amy and Anthony "Tony" Goodwin.

He was the greatest Paw Paw, blessed with seven grandchildren, Michael, Jennifer, Bryan, Hailey, Richard III, Grayson and Luke; and five great-grandchildren, Rakim, Briana, Ricky, Tyren, and Kiearra. He is also survived by brother Raymond Carey Goodwin of Spotsylvania; sister-in-law Pat Goodwin of North Carolina; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Butch was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Lee Goodwin and Harry Ralph Goodwin.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at Mount Hermon Baptist Church, Spotsylvania, with the Rev. Lowell Self and Pastor James Eure officiating. Burial will immediately follow.

Family and friends will join in remembrance of his life in the social hall after the services.

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or Mount Hermon Baptist Church in memory of Butch.

An online guest book and obituary are available at johnsoncares.com.