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1939 "Pal" 2024

R. Christian Goodwyn, Jr.

September 17, 1939 — January 26, 2024


R. Christian Goodwyn, Jr. (Pal) passed away peacefully on January 26, 2024 at the age of 84. He was preceded in death by his parents Richard C. Goodwyn and Mary W. Goodwyn, four brothers William Worsham (Jean), N. B. Goodwyn (Jean), Royce Goodwyn (Barbara), Archie H. Goodwyn, brother-in-law J. A. Ransone, Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years Patricia G. Goodwyn, his three children R. Christian Goodwyn, III (Beth), Lisa G. O'Donnell (Jeff), and Scott G. Goodwyn, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, his sister, Mary Jane Ransone and sister-in-law, Mary Ann Goodwyn. There are many nieces and nephews whom he shared work, music, and fun times. He was a person that loved deeply, care about others, and helped wherever he could and was determined to do the right thing.

He was a Powhatan High School graduate with may accolades to his credit. He was proud of his track and field accomplishments as well as his performance on the football field. He was especially proud of breaking several high school track and field records.  

He was part of the "Moonshiners" local dance band and played with them for over 15 years. He never lost his love to perform and play his music as he had just recently completed a Christian album rightly titled "Legacy of Praise" in which he rallied his musically gifted family members to also take part. It was finalized this past summer and due to his persistence, the gospel of Jesus Christ is now spread in and around Powhatan County.

He also sang bass with the "Highlighters" for many years and enjoyed the harmony with his quartet. They also made a Christian CD. They loved singing wherever they would be invited.

He worked for R. C. Goodwyn & Sons, Inc. for his entire life along with his brothers, sons, and nephews. Served in many capacities during those years and served as president before retiring in 2005. 

Pal was a long-time member of Red Lane Baptist Church and served in many capacities. He served as a deacon, sang in the choir, and taught Sunday School.   He was a man of integrity always living up to "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". 

The family will receive friends at Bennett-Barden Funeral Home between the hours of 6-8 pm on Monday, January 29, 2024.

The service will be help at 11:00 at Red Lane Baptist Church on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 with Interment at the church cemetery following the service. 

Flowers are welcome or in lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Coalition of Powhatan Churches.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, January 29, 2024

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Bennett and Barden Funeral Home and Cremation Services

3215 Anderson Hwy., Powhatan, VA 23139

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Red Lane Baptist Church Cemetery

2095 Red Lane Rd, Powhatan, VA 23139

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