Colon Douglas Goodwin, known to friends and family as Doug, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2023, in Grand Ridge, Florida. Born on January 20, 1946, in Sneads, Florida, Doug was a lifelong resident of Jackson County and a beloved member of the community.
Doug was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Alma Goodwin, and his two brothers, Charles “Man” Goodwin and Gerald Goodwin. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Clara Goodwin; his two daughters, April Goodwin of Grand Ridge, FL, and Pam Manor (Wade) of Madison, MS; his son, Jody Goodwin (Selena) of Sneads, FL; his sister, Lovida Roberts; five grandchildren, Zachary Goodwin (Emily), Nicholas Goodwin (Gracelyn), Mary Ellen Jones (Hayden), Katie Garrett Manor, and Haley “Bug” Manor; three great-grandchildren, Brett Goodwin, Charlie Goodwin, and Eli Goodwin; and his special canine companion, Callie. Doug also leaves behind many other close relatives who will miss him dearly.
A proud graduate of Sneads High School in 1964, Doug married Clara the following year and began his service in the Army National Guard the day after graduation. He was a dedicated husband and father, raising three children – April, Pam, and Jody – while building a successful career at Gulf Power. Doug began working at Gulf Power in 1969 and retired after 36 years of service in 2005.
Doug had a passion for life and a love for his family that was evident in everything he did. He enjoyed driving his 1966 Chevy Chevelle, fishing, and hunting. He was especially fond of spending time with his grandchildren and tending to the family farm and animals. A true jack of all trades, there was nothing Doug couldn’t do. He was known for being handy, loving, and funny, always bringing a smile to the faces of those around him.
In his final moments, Doug was able to share a tender kiss goodbye with his beloved wife, Clara. His memory will live on in the hearts of his family, friends, and all who knew him.
Doug’s life was a testament to the power of love, hard work, and dedication. He will be remembered for his unwavering commitment to his family, his community, and his country. His legacy will continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to know him, and he will be deeply missed by all.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at McAlpin Funeral Home on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at 10:00 AM CST with Rev. Clinton Howell officiating. A time of visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at 9:00 AM CST. Interment will be at Dykes Cemetery in Sneads, FL.