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Mr. William "Bill" Goodwine

June 4, 1935 ~ February 6, 2021 (age 85)

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William “Bill” Goodwine passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on February 6, 2021. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held virtually on February 18, 2021.  

The eldest of three sons, Bill was born on June 4, 1935 in St. Matthews, South Carolina to Jobie and Mattie Lou Goodwine.  The family moved to Harlem in New York City in 1940 during the Great Southern Migration. A deacon’s son, Bill was a Christian and most recently worshipped at Abundant LIFE Church in Pflugerville, Texas.

He attended the New York City Public School system and graduated from Commerce High School in Manhattan in 1953.   A chance encounter in 1958 with Barbara Ann Bradley, whom he had known in high school, led to their first date and subsequent wedding in 1959. She was the love of his life and they were married for 51 years until she passed away in 2010. From this union two daughters were born.  The family resided in Brooklyn until 1972, when Bill and Barbara moved the family to Deer Park, Long Island for a better quality of life and excellent schools. A family man, Bill enthusiastically supported and regularly attended the girls’ school and extracurricular activities, including talent shows, award programs, marching bands — and the list goes on.

Bill was a meticulous and “dapper” dresser. Slender and tall, standing 6’5”, he made anything he sported look good. 

He loved music — jazz, R&B, gospel, and salsa, to name just a few. One of his favorite pastimes was recording music on his high quality reel-to-reel and audiocassette tape deck recorder, not just for his own listening pleasure, but also to entertain guests at many family gatherings. 

Boxing was one of his favorite sports, a love that Bill passed on to his youngest daughter.  The two spent quality time watching bouts of greats like Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, and Sugar Ray Leonard.  He was also a “foodie” who shared that interest with his oldest daughter and was always on the look-out for the best chocolate cake. After reading one of the three newspapers he read daily or viewing CNN, BET News, MSNBC, and TV One, Bill was always ready to discuss and debate current events. He was also an avid gardener known for his love of flowers, and his “green thumb” was sought after by many to assist with landscaping projects.  Former neighbors in Albany, New York shared that a tree he had planted near his home decades ago is the only one in the neighborhood still bearing leaves this winter.

For nearly four decades, Bill worked for the American Management Association (AMA), an international organization headquartered in New York City that provides premier management development and educational services.  He began as a janitor, but his tenacity led him to a professional level position as Senior Meeting Planner. He loved his job,  and it provided him the opportunity to travel throughout the U.S. and Canada, develop a taste for fine dining and mentor young minority professionals.

After his retirement from AMA in 1990, he and Barbara moved in 1993 to Albany, New York. In 2004, Bill started another chapter when he took a position as Manager at Simply Fish and Jazz, a soul food restaurant and entertainment venue.  It was there that he continued to indulge his love of people, music and fine dining. He had a wonderful relationship with its owner, Andrea Wilkinson, whom he affectionately regarded as his third daughter.  

After a decade at Simply Fish and Jazz, Bill retired to Tampa, Florida.  In 2017 he relocated to Austin, Texas. 

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, wife Barbara Goodwine, brother Thomas Goodwine, and sister-in-law Patricia Goodwine.

He leaves to cherish his memory — daughters Laurell (Thomas) Jones of Tampa, Florida and Michelle Goodwine of Austin, Texas; granddaughter Ronelle (Michael) Kinsey; great-granddaughters Genevieve and Antoinette Kinsey; brother Jobie Goodwine of New York, New York; nieces Jolene (Donald) McClean, Cheryl (Darren) Pittman, Sabrina (Franklyn) Lambert, Patricia (Pierre) Robinson; nephews Lester (Monika) Goodwine, and Mark Bradley; cousin Arthur Snyder; his beloved friend Andrea Wilkinson and a host of other relatives and friends.

Click here , on the button at bottom of this page or copy and paste the URL below into your browser, to attend the Virtual Memorial service.

A formal Christian committal ceremony for Mr. Goodwine was held on Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6:00 PM in the Aikens Funeral Home Chapel of Hope.  Reverend Larry Roundtree, Sr. Pastor of New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church performed the ceremony. 

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity or nonprofit organization.


February 15, 2021

5:45 PM
Aikens Funeral Home, Chapel of Hope
2708 East Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Tampa, Florida 33610

Video is available for this event

Virtual Memorial Service
February 18, 2021

6:00 PM
Tampa, Florida 33610

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The recording of the virtual memorial service includes video tribute; actual service starts at 40:35.
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