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James Alton Goodwin

July 30, 1940 ~ July 3, 2021 (age 80)


James Alton Goodwin, 80, of Kannapolis, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, July 3, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.

James was born on July 30, 1940 in Rowan County to the late J.B. Goodwin and Addie Bell Cox Goodwin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

James worked as a mechanic and operated his own garage. He was a member of Miller Street Independent Baptist Church. He enjoyed seeing what he could find at yard sales. Most of all, he dearly loved his family and cherished spending time with them.

Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife of 61 years, Shelia Goodwin; two daughters, Carolyn (Henry) Strange, Sandra (Wayne) Holland; two grandchildren, Jennifer Ross and Joey Ross; two great-grandchildren, Kody Ross and Morgan Smith, and sister, Brenda Morgan.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at Whitley’s Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Whitley’s Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Sonny Waller officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Carolina Memorial Park.

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July 6, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Whitley's Funeral Home

Funeral Service
July 7, 2021

1:00 PM
Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel
1748 Dale Earnhardt Blvd.
Kannapolis, NC 28083


Carolina Memorial Park
Carolina Memorial Park, 601 Mt. Olivet Road
Kannapolis, NC 28083

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