Charles Moye Goodrich

Oct. 5, 1942 — April 18, 2011

ROCKY MOUNT — Charles Moye “Charlie” Goodrich, 68, died unexpectedly Monday, April 18, 2011. Charlie, as he was known to family and friends, was born Oct. 5, 1942 in Sumter, S.C. to the late Wiley Clark and Gladys Hamm Goodrich. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Wiley Clark “Bud” Goodrich Jr.; sister, Ruby Goodrich; nephew, Clark Roberson Goodrich and wife, Penn Frazer Goodrich. Charlie graduated from Oak City High School and earned a degree in Drafting and Planning from Wilson Technical Institute. He was employed and retired from the City of Rocky Mount.
Charlie was a past president of the Rocky Mount Ruritan Club where he enjoyed serving others. He was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church where he served as a past Deacon.
As an infant of 9 months, Charlie was stricken with Polio, at which time he was admitted to Duke Hospital until the age of 2, spending time in the Iron Lung to help him breathe. During the summer between fourth and fifth grades, he was treated in Gastonia, enduring a full body cast. Due to Polio, he was dependant on crutches and the braces he strapped to his legs each morning, of his 68 years, never complaining, just doing what had to be done. In our family this made Charlie our “Knight in Shining Armour.” Charlie never wanted to be treated any different from his brothers, sisters or friends. He lived his childhood and teenage years in Hassell, attending school, playing, working, and attending 4-H Camp, where he won several blue ribbons for swimming. As one of his friends stated, “Charlie had every reason to be a part of the system, but instead he chose to contribute to the system.” One of Charlie’s passions from childhood, the love of fishing followed him throughout his life. Two of his favorite fishing buddies were his beloved mother, Gladys, and her best friend, Lucille Burroughs. When he became a grandfather for the first time, grandson, Dustin became his new fishing buddy. Along with son Ray and Dustin, they restored a 1965 Chevrolet C-10 truck. They attended many car shows and received numerous trophies for their prized possession. When granddaughter, Mackenzie was born, the baby dolls and frilly girly things fit right into his life. Always there to rock a doll or play whatever “Kenzie,” asked of him. She was his little “Butterfly.” Ray and wife, Tammy, gave Charlie his most precious gifts in this life, Dustin and Mackenzie.
Although he was retired, Charlie was a “jack of all trades.” He continued to keep busy with Dustin by his side. Whether helping a friend with a special project or cooking a pig along with his homemade brunswick stew Charlie was always smiling as he drove his pickup into the cook out location. Along with getting his cooker “fired up” for the pig, he used a black cast iron pot to hold the stew mixture along with a boat paddle to stir. The pot and the paddle belonged to his late father. Charlie was always glad to give everyone a turn “to stir” the pot. At just the right time, he would stand the paddle directly in the center of the pot. If the paddle stood alone the stew was ready to be served.
Charlie is survived by son, Ray Joyner and wife, Tammy; grandson, Dustin; and granddaughter, Mackenzie, all of Rocky Mount; sisters, Jean G. Fisher of Wilson, and Ann G. Cratt and husband, Billy, of Bailey; brother, George Edward “Eddie” Goodrich and wife, Catherine Sue, of Kill Devil Hills; nephews, Greg Hopkins and wife, Toni, and Taylor Edward Goodrich; nieces, Kim G. Edmondson and husband, Wayne, Michelle H. Parrish and husband, Jeff, Lindsay Sue Cheshire and husband, Joseph, and Jenny Leigh Erickson; great-nephews and nieces, Matthew & Jordan Edmondson, Jamie Nicole and Clayton Hopkins, and Lauren and Nicholas Parrish; spouse, Betsy D. Goodrich; stepson, Clifford Lewin and wife, Lisa, and their children, Joshua, Sarah, Dawn and Mary Abigail; and stepdaughter, Betsy Reeves, and her children, Charles Ray, Ronald, and Amanda.
A celebration of Charlie’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 30, 2011 at Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will be from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be at the Hamilton Cemetery, Hamilton.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Charlie Goodrich- Rotary Club of Rocky Mount, Polio Plus Program, P.O. Box 7084, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. You may share and send condolences to the family by visiting
Arrangements by Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Ave., Rocky Mount NC 27804.