GEORGE PEABODY GOODWIN
December 30, 1895 – July 9, 1962
Reverend George Peabody Goodwin, son of Samuel T. Goodwin and Mary Larkin Goodwin, was born December 30, 1895, at Mineola, Texas.
When he was 14 years of age his father passed away, and George, as the oldest male child, began, as best he could, to help with the family work and support.
He was raised by a very devout mother, and in his early youth he gave his heart to Christ, and joined the church. He dreamed, as a young lad, of serving God as a missionary, but this dream was not to be realized.
After graduation from a business school in Dallas, Texas, he returned to Arcadia, Louisiana, to work. He was a very serious minded person, and he served in his work for others creditably. His strong belief in the principles of honesty and honor caused him to walk circumspectly before men, and give service that was without compromise. He was that type of person described in Psalm 15 who “walked uprightly, worked righteousness, and spoke the truth in his heart.”
On November 28, 1920, he was united to Lucille Parnell in marriage. To this union were born two children, Robert Charles and Anne.
He and his family came to West Monroe, Louisiana, and established a home there. He was a faithful member of First Methodist Church, and in 1947, at the age of 52, he surrendered his life to the Christian ministry.
He started supply work in 1947 and studiously finished every conference course of study that was required. He was ordained Deacon in 1952 and Elder in 1954 as an Approved Supply pastor.
He served only three charges during his years of ministry. His first charge was Goodwill-Bartholomew, and during his five years there a new church was built and dedicated. He next served Choudrant-Douglas, and in his three years there a beautiful new brick church building was erected. He served the Lisbon-Arizona Charge for 5 years, and God blessed his ministry there richly.
Reverend Goodwin was a happy Christian, and a faithful minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His preaching was effective because it was done in the Spirit, with love in his heart for God and men. He was a positive preacher, and his people heard often of God’s love for them, and of the “heavenly home.”
On July 9, 1962, at 8:45 P.M/ George Peabody Goodwin went home to be with the Lord.
As this writer said of him at his funeral service: He answered life’s supreme calling, that of “walking with God;” he sought diligently life’s supreme achievement, that of “pleasing God;” and he was worthy of receiving life’s supreme epitaph, “God took him.” And so Reverend George Peabody Goodwin, a man of deep principle, of real faith, and sincere love now “walks with God in the heavenlies.”
Servant of God, well done, The glorious warfare’s past
The battle fought, the race is won, And there art crowned at last.
Amen. So let it be.
Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 1963; p. 263 I. A. Patton