Sarah Geraldine "Jerry" Hubbard Goodwin passed away on April 8, 2016, after a brief illness at the age of 94.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Earl Goodwin, parents Gerald and Lummie Hubbard, sister Helen Hubbard Broadway, son-in-law Billy Alsobrook and infant grandson, Samuel Alsobrook.
She is survived by her two daughters Patty Goodwin Sexton (Joe) and Kay Goodwin Alsobrook, five grandchildren: Shannon Sexton Jernigan (David), Joe Alan Sexton (Ginger), Sarah Kay Sexton Wos (Bill), Norris Alsobrook (Cathy), and Earl Alsobrook (Renee), nine great-grandchildren: Cole and Raines Jernigan, Goodwin and Everett Wos, Will, Claire, and Law Alsobrook, Lilly and Goodwin Alsobrook, one sister, Frances Hubbard McKinnon, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Jerry was born on August 15, 1921 in Chilton County. She graduated from Jemison High School and attended Oklahoma City University where she lived with her cousin Judge Alfred Murrah and family. She served as Judge Murrah’s legal secretary. She later returned to Alabama and worked at Fort McClellen in Anniston, AL., where she met the love of her life, Earl Goodwin. They were married on April 24, 1942. She and her daughters lived with her parents in Collins Chapel, Alabama, while her husband served overseas during WWII. Upon his return, they moved to Selma where her husband was one of the founders of Selma Concrete Products and Bush Hog Manufacturing Company.
Jerry found great pleasure in serving and loving her family, church, and community. She was an avid fisherman and sports fan. She traveled extensively throughout the world with her husband in his business, political, and civic activities and endeared herself to many with her sweet nature and outgoing personality. One of her greatest joys in life was to be the head cheerleader for all of her grandchildren in their various endeavors. During this period of her life, she became known as “Granny Goodwin” because of the love she showed to all of her grandchildren’s friends. She enjoyed watching all God’s creatures great and small from her bay window at her home with her beloved dog, Chipper. She had an abiding affection for the Blue Birds and delighted in the arrival of the Humming Birds each season. The greatest compliment her daughters heard throughout her life was “How is your sweet mother?” In her last years, Jerry was lovingly cared for by her devoted sitters whom she considered family.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12th at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. Kenny Hatcher and Brother Ken Blake officiating and Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home directing. Burial will follow at New Live Oak Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1-2:30 p.m. at the church.
Pallbearers will be Earl Alsobrook, Norris Alsobrook, John Harrison, David Jernigan, Bill Jones, Larry Jones, Greg McKinnon, Joe Alan Sexton, Dennis Sweeney, and Bill Wos. Honorary pallbearer will be Michael McKinnon.
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