William Leggett Goodwyn, Jr., “Uncle Billy”, passed away at Brekenridge Retirement Center in Rocky Mount on Monday, May 11th 2015. He was born in Laurinburg, NC on September 5th, 1923 as son of the late William Leggett and Lula Fountain Goodwyn. He grew up in Leggett, NC, on their family farm, Cedar Lane.
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Mrs. Sally Greene Goodwyn of Cary, NC; his nephews and nieces, and their families: Carson Goodwyn of Myrtle Beach, SC; Bill F. Goodwyn and his wife, Leigh, of Charlotte, NC, and their children, Carson and Gray; Scott Goodwyn and his wife, Charlotte, of Tarboro, NC, and their children, Patrick and Daniel; Caroline Overton and her husband, Shepherd, of Raleigh, NC, and their child, Nathanael; Kristen Goodwyn of Garner; Sally Anne Thomas and her husband, Rodney, and their children, Gwyneth, Maryanne, and Samantha of Cary. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Arthur Fountain Goodwyn and George Goodwyn, a sister-in-law, Irene Goodwyn, and his nephews, Arthur F. Goodwyn, II and Christopher F. Goodwyn. Also, his personal friend, Willie Bobbit, was a wonderful caregiver to him.
Billy was educated at Wake Forest University and a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, a veteran of the U.S. Army in World War II. He was formerly employed by Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Co., District Manager of North Carolina State Automobile Association, the Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Director of Rocky Mount Undergarment Co., Inc. and for twenty years prior to retiring was President and Owner of Scanti Lingerie Mfg. Co., Inc. of Battleboro, NC.
He served various civic, social and fraternal organizations including President of the Carolina Cotillion Club (June German), President of the Rocky Mount Jaycees, President of the Rocky Mount Civitan Club, Exalted Ruler of the Rocky Mount Elks Lodge #1038, President of the North Carolina State Elks Association, Inc., Special Deputy to the Grand Lodge of the B.P.O. Elks, Director of Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Benvenue Country Club, Director of the Covenant Homes, Inc., Life Member of the North Carolina State Elks Advisory Board, and Receptor of the Thad Eure D.S.A. Award. He was a member of the Masonic Order and a Shriner.
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He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Rocky Mount where he served as a Deacon and Elder.
Funeral Services will be held at 2PM Sunday, May 17th at the First Presbyterian Church in Rocky Mount with the Reverend Todd Allen. There is a visitation with refreshments immediately following in the fellowship hall. Burial will follow at Pineview Cemetary Section #40.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the First Presbyterian Church, 153 North Church Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27804 or to the charity of your choice.