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Brown-Wynne Funeral Home

200 Southeast Maynard Road, Cary, NC

OBITUARY

Stephanie Jeanette Carpenter Goode

December 22, 1951July 11, 2019

Celebrating a Life of Faith, Caring, and Kindness

Stephanie Jeanette Carpenter Goode was born on December 22, 1951 in Washington D.C. to her late parents - Elenora Jackson Carpenter and Charles H. Carpenter, Sr. Her life centered on her partnership with her husband, George C.W. Goode, III and her close and extended family.

Stephanie and George first met when they were twelve years old and were sweethearts in their teenage years. They married on June 20, 1975 after George returned from military service. They raised three phenomenally kind and caring children - Carol Goode Wells (husband Adam M. Wells Sr,) George C.W. Goode, IV (Misleydis L. Goode) and Stephen A. J. Goode. Stephanie is affectionally known as ‘Mia’ to her grandkids – Adam M. Wells, Jr. and Caroline B. Wells. She is also survived by her siblings, Charles H. Carpenter, Jr., and Deborah C. Brittain, mother in-law Beverly W. Goode, two brothers in-law Steven & Harold Goode, two sisters in-law Virginia Waters and Cheryl McGlotten and a host of nieces and nephews.

Stephanie was raised in Arlington, Virginia and received her early education in Arlington County and later studied at Howard University, while pursuing her runway modeling career through the Ophelia DeVore School of Modeling in New York. She later worked for a variety of consulting firms in the Washington DC area. In 1994, Stephanie and George relocated to Cary, North Carolina to support her husband’s career. She joined George in starting and growing a successful and highly regarded consulting firm, Telecommunication Solutions Group (TSG) in Raleigh, North Carolina. She served as Vice-President of the company and a member of the Board of Directors.

Stephanie’s faith guided every aspect of her life. At an early age, she was a member of Lomax AME Zion Church in Arlington, VA. While in Cary, she joined Pleasant Grove Church and later attended St. Francis United Methodist Church. Consistent with her unwavering faith and her Christian spirit, Stephanie participated in the Tuesday Evening Prayer Group for 15 years, leading the Prayer Group for five of those years.

While the world had Mother Theresa, we had Stephanie. The “Stephanie-way” was that she shared her blessings and extended her kindheartedness and generosity to family and friends (and friends of friends) without hesitation and without expecting anything in return. She knew almost instinctively when people needed a joyful smile, a kind word or a quiet prayer—without having to ask and without much fanfare or personal acknowledgement. She gave generously to humans and animals alike. No one came to The Goode home without seeing a flock of birds and a scurry of squirrels on the driveway pillars eating from the 50 pound bags of bird seed George lugged into the house monthly. No doubt, her family and close friends benefited from her legacy of unselfish service and her heart of gold.

Stephanie had personal style, the gift of hospitality, and a huge holiday spirit. Her two- day Thanksgiving dinners and her warm Christmas décor are legendary. Beyond this she was known for her cooking and especially her spicy dishes which always included Tabasco and cayenne pepper. People traveled thousands of miles for her delicious meals, her graciousness, her laughter, and the unconditional welcoming of everyone.

Stephanie could have continued her career as a runway model. However, she chose to be an everlasting and ever present “model” to all of us by the love she gave, the blessings she shared and the life she lived. Stephanie showed us a way to live our lives on this earth and a path toward God’s kingdom without fear. Our tribute to her is to follow this model and to be faithful to God in all that we do and say. She was a sweet angel living amongst us.

We are assured in our faith that we will meet Stephanie again where she will greet us with a smile and Welcome Home. Who else do we want and need to welcome us to God’s heavenly kingdom! While we will all miss Stephanie, let her faith, caring, thoughtfulness and kindness be a model to us as to how to conduct ourselves with family, friends, strangers and God’s creatures.

Stephanie adored and treasured all. Her job on earth has been done and done well. And for that, it is well with her soul.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, July 18, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 18, 2019
  • Repast Thursday, July 18, 2019

Memories

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Lisa Gibson

July 16, 2019

I remember when Mrs. Goode came to visit her grandson at his elementary school, which is where I work. She came into the office, signed in and went to the lunch room. About 10 minutes later our principal arrived for the day and wasn't happy that someone was parked in her parking space. We didn't recognize the car so we weren't sure who it was. The principal proceeded to tell us it had out of state tags but we still didn't know who it belonged to. Lunch time ended and Mrs. Goode checked out. We watched her leave and low and behold, she was the one parked in the principals spot. She was a wonderful lady and will be truly missed.

Bill Spellman

July 13, 2019

A large part of my youth was spent with Momma Goode. Whether Stephen and I were hanging out in the basement playing cops and robbers, having a sleepover, eating one of Stephanie’s phenomenal dishes or all of the above; it was always time spent smiling. I often think back to these childhood memories and remember the warmth, love and kindness I felt in the Goode household. I refer to them as “The Goode Ole Days.” None of these memories would have been possible without Momma Goode’s presence. For that I am eternally grateful to Stephanie and her entire family. Stephen, I’m here for you brother. My family and I mourn for you and yours...

Brian Spellman

July 13, 2019

When I think of Mrs Stephanie's influence on my life, one particular memory stands out. Along with her being a second mom I felt I could confide in while growing up and opening my taste buds up to levels I never thought I'd experience, there was one particular moment when I was in the backseat of her car and I wasn't wearing my seatbelt. Rather than tell me for a 3rd time to buckle up, she slammed on the brakes at a stop light and my head hit her seat in front of me. While embarrassed, the lesson stuck. So much so that when I was struck head-on by a drunk driver 18years later, I was safely buckled and climbed out of the car barely injured. She truly was the first person to come to mind. A great person with a loving and considerate heart. She will be greatly missed.

Dianna Spellman

July 13, 2019

Stephanie was a woman that brought laughter , wisdom and love into my world. She was someone who was open, honest and caring. She and George were family to our family. We celebrated our children’s special moments together, whether physically present or otherwise Her faith strengthened all she shared with. I will miss her terribly but her beauty, words and love will be with us all in our hearts and memories. May he hold you in the palm of his hand until we meet again...XO

Dianna Spellman

July 13, 2019

Stephanie was a woman that brought laughter , wisdom and love into my world. She was someone who was open, honest and caring. She and George were family to our family. We celebrated our children’s special moments together, whether physically present or otherwise Her faith strengthened all she shared with. I will miss her terribly but her beauty, words and love will be with us all in our hearts and memories. May he hold you in the palm of his hand until we meet again...XO