Jack Beverly Goodrich, age 91, of Murfreesboro passed away peacefully at home on February 25, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilson H. and Kathryn Nell Willoughby Goodrich of Nashville; his brother, Wilson Goodrich, Jr. of Clarksville; and his sister, Juanita Goodrich Edmonds of Jackson, MS. He is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, Mildred Redmon Goodrich: daughter Gail Goodrich Harwood and son-in-law Everett Harwood of Glen Allen, VA; son Jack W. Goodrich of Murfreesboro; son David L. Goodrich, daughter-in-law Susie Spain Goodrich and grandsons Timothy Goodrich and Daniel Goodrich of Franklin.
Jack was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado on January 30, 1923. He grew up in Nashville and graduated in 1942 from East High School, where he captained the track team, was senior class Vice President, and was a standout athlete in track and football. During World War II, Jack served in the US Army from 1942-45 as an instructor at Chanute Field, IL, and as part of the Fifth Air Force in the Pacific. He received the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal with 3 bronze stars and the Philippines Liberation Medal with one bronze star. After the war, he returned to Nashville and married Millie, his pre-war sweetheart. He graduated from George Peabody College at Vanderbilt and was a life-long Vanderbilt supporter and ardent sports fan.
In 1949, the Goodriches made Murfreesboro their home. Jack was manager of Aultman’s Jewelers and later, manager and part owner of Bell Jewelers, both on the city square. He was an energetic civic leader, serving as President of the Kiwanis Club, President of MTSU’s Blue Raider Club, and Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce, recruiting new businesses to the area. He served on the City of Murfreesboro Affordable Housing Board and supported the Room in the Inn program. His favorite pastime was coaching Little League baseball.
Jack was also a dedicated church leader. Initially a member of First United Methodist Church, Jack and several others were asked to lead the start up of an outpost Sunday School in 1959, which became chartered as Trinity United Methodist Church. Jack taught adult Sunday School for many years. He also served as Board Chair and Lay Leader and enjoyed preaching at rural chapels surrounding Murfreesboro. He was Board Member and Treasurer of The Wesley Foundation at MTSU; and for the Murfreesboro District of the United Methodist Church, he chaired the Committee on Building and Location.
In 1961, Jack became a Regional Sales Representative for the Joseph Dixon Crucible Company (Ticonderoga brand) of Jersey City, NJ, and The American Crayon Company (Prang brand) of Sandusky, Ohio. His territory spanned portions of Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia and West Virginia. He enjoyed leading art workshops for teachers and was a favorite of his customers, many of whom became life-long friends. Through customer relationships, he was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel. Jack was a four-time recipient of Dixon’s National President’s Award, the company’s highest Sales honor.
After retiring from demanding road travel in 1988, Jack returned to civic life in Murfreesboro in what would become his most significant community role: co-founding Habitat for Humanity of Rutherford County. Over the next 10 years, during Jack’s tenure as co-founder, fund-raiser, President and board member, the affiliate thrived, and by 2001, had built 40 homes. In 1996, he was honored with the Community Service Award. Jack’s work with Habitat for Humanity epitomized his philosophy of life: putting his faith into action for the benefit of those in need. He is loved and admired by family, friends and colleagues. His legacy will live on.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Murfreesboro, or Habitat for Humanity of Rutherford County.
Visitation with the family will be Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church. A Church service will follow at 2:00 PM with Mike Waldrop officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home; 820 South Church St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130; 615-893-2422. Please leave condolences at www.jenningsandayers.com.