James Goodrum

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

STAN­LEY - James Wal­lace Goodrum, 82, of Stan­ley, ded­i­cated and much-loved hus­band, fa­ther, un­cle, grand­fa­ther, great- grand­fa­ther, went to be with the Lord Fri­day, May 3, 2019.

A cel­e­bra­tion of his life will be held at Sun­set Road Bap­tist Church, Char­lotte, at 7: 00 p. m. on Tues­day, May 7, 2019. The fam­ily will greet friends fol­low­ing the ser­vice at the church.

Born in Mooresvill­e, NC on Septem­ber 7, 1936. The only son of the late Roy and Cora Wal­lace Goodrum. James lived most of his life in Meck­len­burg County. Raised on a dairy farm in the north­ern part of the county un­til Duke Power pur­chased the fam­ily farm that be­come Lake Nor­man. With his plans for con­tin­u­ing the fam­ily tra­di­tion of dairy farm­ing elim­i­nated, he set out to make le­mon­ade of these lemons progress dealt him, a prac­tice he would con­tinue through­out his life.

Ed­u­cated in the pub­lic schools of Meck­len­burg County, he grad­u­ated from North Meck­len­burg in 1955. The dairy farm­ing work ethic he de­vel­oped in child­hood and ado­les­cence char­ac­ter­ized his ap­proach to life. Whether work­ing at Lance Pack­ing, A & P Meat Ware­house, de­tail­ing cars for a host of Char­lotte new car deal­er­ship, seed­ing grass on new road­ways, or main­tain­ing lawns for com­mer­cial property and res­i­den­tial homes in a small busi­ness he de­vel­oped and ran with his youngest son, Gary, for over 30 years, he ap­proached ev­ery job with care, de­pend­abil­ity, at­ten­tion to de­tails, and a com­mit­ment to make it per­fect. Work was his pas­sion. Faith­ful, de­pend­able, and de­ter­mined, he worked hard un­til the fi­nal day of his life he re­mained con­scious.

He was a faith­ful mem­ber of Sun­set Road Bap­tist Church since 1964 where he was a deacon and served on many com­mit­tees, in­clud­ing his lead­er­ship on Build­ing and Grounds and the Pul­pit Com­mit­tee that called the cur­rent pas­tor. For decades he also served with a team that worked in the church of­fice on Sun­day morn­ings.

James is sur­vived by his wife of 61 years, Shirley Beaty Goodrum of Bel­mont, NC whomhe­mar­ried onMay 4, 1958 (one of the best de­ci­sions of his life he al­ways main­tained); one daugh­ter and two sons, Janet Goodrum Hud­son (Lacy Ford) of Columbia, SC; James David Goodrum (Kim) of Cor­nelius, NC and Gary Neal Goodrum of Char­lotte; four grand­chil­dren, Travis Dale Hud­son (Janet), Sonya Hud­son Son­ne­man (Janet); Jared David Goodrum (David); Heather Brooke Goodrum (David); one great grand­daugh­ter, Emma Rose Hud­son ( Travis); sis­ter, Martha Goodrum Kerns; sis­ter-in- law Peggy Beaty Rankin; brother-in-law, Joe Rankin; many cousins, nieces and neph­ews. He was pre­ceded in death by two broth­ers-in-law, Floyd Beaty and Harold Kerns.

Me­mo­ri­als may be made to Sun­set Road Bap­tist Church, 2317 Sun­set Road, Char­lotte, NC 28216.

The fam­ily thanks and ex­presses its ap­pre­ci­a­tion to No­vant Health Hospice & Pal­lia­tive Care as well as fam­ily and friends who of­fered lov­ing sup­port and in his fi­nal week.

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