Hannah Naomi Goodwyn

March 20, 1981March 5, 2021
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Hannah Naomi Goodwyn, 39, experienced God’s complete healing on Friday, March 5, 2021 in Hampton, Virginia.

A verse that the Lord used to minister to Hannah as she walked out the duality of her journey, was Psalms 30:5, “Weeping may last for the night, but Joy comes in the morning.” She acknowledged the complexity of our humanness as God created us, to both hold great grief and pain in the same moment of peace and joy. Grateful to the Lord that He provides the opposing experiences of the peace and joy when the storm looms and seems to bring with it only fear and pain. Her faith was a foundation that she built her life upon.

Born on Friday, March 20, 1981 in Newport News, Virginia to David and Susan Goodwyn.

Full of Grace, Hannah exemplified the meaning of her name in every aspect of her life. With a beautiful smile on her face, she stepped out into the world, seeking to learn and tell the stories of the people and the countries, she experienced. Her passion for adventure beckoned her to the many travels and explorations of new places, both professionally and personally.

Entertainment became an interwoven element of Hannah’s life from a young age. The love for entertainment, she held, was expressed early on, through a pursuance of dance, favoring ballet and tap, Hannah attended the Betty Smith School of Dance for 13 years. Storytelling was her gift, she dreamt of becoming a writer and screenplay writer, desiring to use the medium of the screen to give life to untold or little known stories.

“She inspired me to..” is a phrase often coupled with the memories of and impact felt by those who love and knew Hannah in life and continues to the legacy in her passing, for others to pursue their dreams and passions, to truly live their life.

In 1999, Hannah became a graduate of Bethel High School. Continuing her education, she attended Christopher Newport University as a Communication Studies Major, with a Minor in Writing, graduating Cum Laude in 2003. Followed by, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Master’s in Journalism from Regent University in 2005, additionally earning the Outstanding Student Award.

Employed by Christian Broadcasting Network from 2005 until 2019. Hannah delighted in the opportunity her position provided her, placing her in unique experiences she reviewed films and interviewed actors, directors, and others in the entertainment field. Committed to the Lord’s leading toward the entertainment field, she completed multiple graduate-level screenwriting courses, before taking a step of faith in 2019.

In 2019, she set out to live her dream, applying to and studying Screenwriting at the London Film School. In the midst of Hannah’s passionate pursuit to become a full-time storyteller, she discovered her own unexpected battle with cancer. As she chronicled her story, the development of her character was evident. A magnification of an already growing spirit of faith in the Lord, grace, and beauty, while facing life’s joys, journeys, and unexpected battles.

Preceded in death by her younger brother Nathan Goodwyn, paternal grandparents Hilton and Rebecca Goodwyn and maternal grandparents Raphael and Sarah Velma “Mema” Piland. Hannah is survived by her parents, siblings, Abigail Hockett (James), Joshua Goodwyn (Devon), Zachary Goodwyn and Rachel Krock (Randy). Her paternal aunt Rebecca Goodwyn, maternal uncle, Rueben Piland (Judy), aunt Rachael Patchett (David), step-grandmother Erline Goodwyn, niece, Olivia Hockett, nephews William Goodwyn, Zachary and Alexander Krock as well as numerous cousins, other relatives, and dear friends.

A Celebration of Life service will be held in person and live online at Liberty Live Church (1021 Big Bethel Road, Hampton, Virginia 23666) on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM.

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Facemasks and proper social distancing will be strongly encouraged. The online service will be available to watch live at

Flowers are welcome at the Celebration of Life Service (Hannah loved roses and carnations).

Additionally, in lieu of flowers, you are welcome to donate to one of Hannah’s favorite charities: Joyful Heart Foundation, Charity: Water, and Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) in Norfolk, Virginia: Children’s Cancer Unit.

For CHKD, make sure to designate donation for the children’s cancer unit, see the links below:


  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, April 10, 2021


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Ashley Key

April 9, 2021

Hannah and I dreamed of London together. One of my fondest memories with her was getting lunch sometime before she knew she had gotten into the film school of her dreams. She said if she got in, I would be welcome to visit her in London. She had such an adventurous, independent spirit. She inspired me, as she did to so many others. The photo of her and I was at her farewell dinner before she left for film school. You are missed and loved sweet friend.

Jennifer Scott

April 4, 2021

I have so many memories of Hannah that it's hard to pick just one. That said, this is my favorite from recently. It was the summer before the pandemic. I was in town because a good friend was getting married. The bonus of that weekend was a planned morning of hitting up some new spots in Norfolk. It was a great time of delicious eats and talking about anything and everything. I almost never remember to take pictures but luckily she did. We'd see each other again a few more times, but this was the last time it was just us. Her friendship blessed my life in a thousand ways, and this moment, among others, is a gift I'll cherish.

Alannah Lewis

March 18, 2021

I met Hannah at London Film School in 2019. Her generous spirit, knack for storytelling and warm sense of humour were obvious from the start. I will miss my Liverpool FC-supporting, Classic Film-loving friend very much, but I’m glad and honoured to have met her. To Hannah’s family, I’m sending love from London— there will always be a part of Hannah here.

Betty Smith

March 16, 2021

Hannah was a wonderful student employee in my department at the CNU Library. She made every day special with her smile, her grace, and her diligence. I followed her career successes from afar, delighting in everything that she accomplished. I will miss her terribly.

To the Goodwyn family--please know that Hannah's love for her family was evident in all that she did. I will always remember her with the greatest of affection, and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Betty Smith

Crista Glover

March 12, 2021

Dinners. Day trips. Pool days. Porch talks. Even ordinary moments felt expansive with Hannah because she approached life with such wonder. She will be dearly missed. I know our collective hearts ache, wishing she were granted more time. Nevertheless, let's be inspired by her legacy of love. She was a wonderful friend to many and a living witness that you can revise your life story at any time. It's never too late to follow your dreams.

Jonathan Hourigan

March 11, 2021

Hannah was a fine writer and a charismatic, vivacious and deeply empathetic individual. She impressed all of her tutors and fellow students at London Film School and touched many lives. We feel privileged to have known her. She will be greatly missed and we offer our condolences to her family and friends.
Jonathan & Sophia, MA Screenwriting Course Leaders

Jeremy Bustin

March 10, 2021

I’ll never forget the memories we shared on missions trips and in church growing up together. Most of all, I’ll remember Hannah’s trademark smile, the brightest and happiest smile.

You are all in my thoughts.

Muzna Qamar

March 10, 2021

Hannah and I crossed paths during our graduate studies at London Film School. She seemed shy and quiet at first but the second I saw that Lord of the rings Ring on her finger, I knew this was the girl I had to approach and get to know. Hannah took helped me discover London, from the backyard cinema to the most expensive dessert shop in Harrods. From going to theater shows to just sitting in her apartment, working, having pizza and especially our venting sessions. We had planned so many adventures. It wasn’t easy to hear the news for the first time while we were in the hospital together when we found out about her cancer. Throughout this battle of hers, Hannah did not want to give up. All I wanted was to hop on a plane and go see her. London will always remain in my heart because of Hannah because she made it worthwhile. She always be a part of me and she will be missed dearly.

Jeremy West

March 10, 2021

Thank you for encouraging me to start making yearly goals and to go after my dreams! You inspired me to be intentional about my life instead of just letting life happen to me. I love you and miss you! Movie nights won't be quite the same without you.

James Clarke

March 9, 2021

I am very glad to say that I had the chance to work as one of Hannah's tutors during her studies at the London Film School. Hannah made her mark quickly and her imaginative powers and positivity were always valued. I am very grateful to have had the chance to have had some role in supporting Hannah in her creative life. My thoughts are with you all. James Clarke.