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Irene Goodin

April 25, 1916 — July 26, 2012

Irene Pennington Goodin

Matthews, GA  – After waiting anxiously and joyously to be with her Jesus, Irene Elizabeth Pennington Goodin, 96, loving wife of the late Samuel M. Goodin, made that final journey on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at University Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM on Sunday, July 29, 2012 in the James Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverends Tony Key, Bobby Smith and Keith Jordan officiating. Interment will follow in the Woodland Baptist Church Cemetery.
Born in Blythe GA to the late Nodie Gay Dozier and the late Fred C. Pennington, Sr., she lived most of her life in Matthews. Widely known as “Miss Irene”, she loved to sew, crochet, garden, shop and eat out, something she had done little of in her younger days. She served her Lord faithfully, having been an active member of Woodland Baptist Church all of her adult life. Miss Irene was always overjoyed each Christmas and Easter when her entire family would meet together in her home to celebrate Christ’s birth and His resurrection. While hospitalized, she frequently told her caregivers of Jesus’ love for them.  “Welcome home, thou good and faithful servant.”
Miss Irene is also preceded in death by her son, David M. Goodin; and her brother, Delmar Pennington. Survivors include her six daughters, Carol G. Braswell of Augusta, Marjorie Newsome (Edward) of Wrens, Ruth Johnson (Melvin) of Colbert, Doris James (Leonard) of Grovetown, Sammie Arrington (Edward) of Matthews, and Linda Norton of North Augusta SC; a brother, Fred C. Pennington Jr. of Louisville; two sisters, MaryAnn Milligan of Augusta, and Martha McElmurray of Hephzibah; 18 grandchildren, Lucretia B. Scott (Wayne), Joe P. Braswell, Jr. (Debbie), Keith Braswell (Sarah), Steven Newsome (Susan), Lynn N. Rogers (Gary), Victor Johnson (Di), Dawn J. Morgan (Ken), Leonard James, Jr. (Lisa), Traci J. McElhaney (Thomas), Art Arrington (Kelli), Sheri A. Thomas, Tony Arrington (Tricia), Deborah L. Conley (Jim), Gina L. Smith (Bobby), Roxanne Smith (Chris), Sam Goodin (Ashley), Tyler Goodin, and Zach Goodin; 39 great grandchildren; 13 great-great grandchildren; an aunt, Mary P. Huff; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends. Pallbearers will be her grandsons with her great grandsons serving as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at the home of Marjorie Newsome or at James Funeral Home on Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 6:00-8:00PM..
Memorial contributions may be made to Woodland Baptist Church, c/o Lynn Rogers, 108 Lakeview Dr, Wrens GA 30833.
Legacy of Love

A wife, a mother, a grandma too,
This is the legacy we have from you.

You taught us love and how to fight,
You gave us strength, you gave us might.

A stronger person would be hard to find,
And in your heart, you were always kind.

You fought for us all in one way or another,
Not just as a wife, not just as a mother.

For all of us you gave your best,
Now the time has come for you to rest.

So go in peace, you’ve earned your sleep,
Your love in our hearts, we’ll eternally keep.

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