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Memorial Service

R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, Wakefield Chapel
Saturday October 8th, 2022

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Jean Sowards Goodrich

Jean Sowards Goodrich of Smithfield, VA passed away on September 28, 2022. Born April 10, 1935, she was the daughter of the late William Everett Sowards and Marie McAllister Sowards. She was predeceased by her husband James Robert Goodrich; daughter, Mary Lynne G. Davis; grandchildren, Rachel E. Lightsey and Josiah D. Lightsey; brother, William T. Sowards; sister, Mary S. Stewart; and stepmother, Frances Blake Sowards.

Jean loved her family and the Lord and was a very obedient child of God. She was a charter member and donated the land for the building of the Smithfield Church of the Nazarene. She was an awesome cook and loved cooking for her family and friends. Her birthplace of Hurricane, West Virginia was one her favorite places to visit.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Phyllis G. Cox (Carson), Marsha G. Lightsey, and Robin J. Turner (Stan); grandchildren, Aaron J. Cox (Amanda), Catharine C. Boucher (Bobby), Brandon D. Davis (Heather), Ashleigh A. Davis (Randy Atkins), Phillip Davis (Danielle), Rebekah Greer (Thommy), Daniel Lightsey (Celeste), Abigail E. Meier (David), James F. Willett (Amanda), Laura T. Reid (Rob); many great grandchildren; and several nephews and their families.

A memorial service will be held at 2PM, Saturday, October 8, 2022, in the R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home, Wakefield Chapel, with Pastor James Willett officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Christian Outreach or the Isle of Wight County Rescue Squad. Condolences may be posted at RWBakerFH.com.



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To the family of Jean Goodrich,
So sorry to read that this dear, sweet lady had passed away. She was very special to so many but none more than her children and grandchildren. She was always so friendly with a smile for everyone. May all of your wonderful memories of Jean bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead . The loss of a parent, especially Mother, regardless of age or health is always very difficult. With my deepest sympathy, love, thoughts, and
prayers. Love, Shirley

Shirley Barlow Oct 5 2022 10:23 PM

I was so happy to meet Jean when our families were united with the marriage of Celeste and Daniel. What a precious lady she was…always ready with a kind word and a smile. She will be missed and never forgotten.

Liz Cox Oct 2 2022 7:37 PM

Robin, Marsha, Phyllis and family,
Our Prayers are with you all at this time. Heaven has gained a sweet Angel and I am sure the reunion with her loved ones gone before her was beautiful !!!

Donnie and Belinda Mason Oct 2 2022 11:04 AM

Jean was a special friend , we had so many wonderful memories! I love her family!

Patty and Dick Grove Sep 29 2022 8:05 PM

I have very sweet memories of my cousin Jean extending from my earliest years as a child clear up to present day. Always kind, patient and hardworking ... and smiling, I'm sure her rest with her Savior and the reward He has waiting for her will be great, and her reunion with loved ones waiting for her in heaven very, very sweet indeed! Sending my prayers and hugs to all her family living nearby whom l'm sure already are missing her sweet spirit.

Sharon Chapman Sep 29 2022 4:59 PM

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James Willett Sep 29 2022 3:53 PM