OBITUARY

Annie F. Goodrich

October 25, 1924November 9, 2018
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Annie Eulene Foutch Goodrich passed away peacefully at Maplewood Nursing Home in Jackson, TN on Friday November 9, 2018. Visitation will be held on Wednesday November 14, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the South Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons, with a graveside service at Hopewell Cemetery with Bro. John Enoch officiating. Born to John and Maie Foutch on October 25 1924 in Madison County. She married Edward F. Goodrich on March 5, 1944, they shared 46 years together before his death on March 25 1990. Mrs. Goodrich was Baptist by Faith a member of Meredian Baptist Church in Jackson. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Edward, her daughter Mary Lynn McDonald, her brothers David Foutch, Argyle Foutch, infant brother Charles Lindberg Foutch, and sister Linda Foutch. She is survived by her children Jimmy Goodrich, Jerry Goodrich (Cathy), Charlotte Jordan (Eugene), Gail Smith (Larry), Karen Goodrich (Barry). Her 10 grandchildren Bo Goodrich, Melissa Wester, Randy Stanfill, Mike McDonald, Scott McDonald, Greg Smith, Stephanie Smith Forsyth, Austin Goodrich, Elizabeth Goodrich and Jennifer Goodrich, 17 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren and siblings, Bobby Foutch, Harold Foutch and Patsy Morrison. She was a hard constant worker her entire life working in several factories, retiring from Quaker Oat in 1987. But she was an avid homemaker, always busy canning jellies, fruits and vegetables, or utilizing her green thumb planting a yard of beautiful flowers, making ceramics until she could no longer see to paint them. Having a wonderful sense of humor, she was a jokester. She loved to tell jokes to her friends, family and doctors, just to get a smile and laugh out of them. When told a joke she would say " I have got to remember that one." She was known for her laughter and making others laugh. She was a very skillful high school basketball player who made the varsity team at a young age hence an devoted basketball fan! She loved following the NBA, watching games till wee hours of the morning. She could recite all players names and stats, but she admired LeBron James skills so much, she rooted for the underdogs against him!! She attended many local Union University Bulldog games plus the NAIA tournament held in Jackson. A great historian, she could not only name the current president but the first 10 at a whim and where they were born, her knowledge of history was incredible and amazing. But if she wasn’t at home, she was sharing her love of travel with her husband, family & friends. Endless driving trips to Florida, Texas, and once all the way to the coast of CA, regardless where she was traveling, she would say "Wonder where that road goes” and the car no matter who was driving, would take off down the road to new adventures…. We teased our beloved mom that she always had a suitcase packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice, whether visiting new places, finding the best treasures at antique stores or yard sales, or just a peaceful afternoon drive she loved sharing her adventures. Mom loved her church and church family, especially close to Earl and Barbara Brewer and Linda Murley. A special thanks to neighbors Billy and Connie Sipes, who checked on Mom for us. We Thank everyone for their kindness, concern and visits to our mom. Thank you to the Doctors, Nurses & Medical personnel in various medical facilities who took care and tended to Mom throughout her illness. A special Thanks to Maplewood Nursing Home during Mom’s last months and days, we appreciate all of you. While our hearts are saddened and heavy burdened at the passing of our mother, we draw peace in knowing she is in a better place, without pain, to see her family members gone on before her. By God's grace and promise we will see her again someday in a HAPPY REUNION. We will miss her dearly and remember her with love and admiration. We Thank God for His gift of giving us to our Beloved mother to raise and love us, she did an excellent job of it. GOD must be pleased! Good-bye for now Mom, we will see you again someday. We love You and Cherish your LOVE to US. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. www2.heart.org / 7272 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX 75231

Services

  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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Annie F. Goodrich

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Patsy Morrison

December 3, 2018

I remember Sis’s camping trip with us, Jack and myself as we were traveling from Florida to take Sis home toTennessee . We knew it would be a long and tiring trip ,so plans for hotel along the way was discussed and agreed that we should stop on the way. Leaving Florida with no reservation I was a little concerned about finding a motel and being the outdoorsy camper, I threw the tent camp stoves food etc into the trunk. As time passed we found ourselves somewhere around Birmingham North I believe and it is afternoon Jack saw a sign Smith Lake State Park . We wanted to go see it of course. We wanted to see it ‘s children playground , snacks and campsites so we paid the park ranger. We were looking at the beautiful lake trees flowers and grass having a nice relaxing time. I got out the Coleman stove and cooked supper just eating and enjoying being out. It started to get dark so we set up our three man tent. There was a dirt road outside the park fence about 30 feet from us . Other campers walked and drove up the dirt road to the bathroom. As we lay in our tent trying to sleep, Sis punch me about hearing voices. I told her it was ok that people were camping below us and going to bathroom. Next thing here comes another punch! Sis says “ Can a snake get in this tent ?”. I explained , “No it has zippers and a solid bottom”. Jack decides in order to sleep , he goes outside to sleep on picnic table. Sis is up on her knees peering out tent window and says, “Why is Jack out there, doesn’t he know someone can pour gas on him and set him on fire!!?”. Then she explained, “ For a matter of fact, someone can pour gas on this tent and catch us on fire!!!”. Later a car comes up the road shining lights briefly on our tent. Sis screams, “ That car is gonna run over us!!!!”. Finally daybreak comes and I invite Sis to join me in bathroom. Sis says, “No way!, there can be someone in that bathroom who will kill us!!!”. She hated her camping trip, no more for Sis.

Karen Goodrich

November 28, 2018

Mom loved to vacation & collect rocks from wherever she went! She and I had so many memorable trips, just the two of us hitting the road, the whole family or me & her friends going to the mountains, staying in our favorite motel at the foot of Ruby Falls.
This memory, was our two-week trip out west in 1981, mom, dad, my older brother & I at Sequoia National Forest. The park attendant reminded us to make sure we left no food behind at picnic areas & to removed all food from our car at night, as black bears would rip a car apart at the smell of human food. We drove through the historical “drive-through” giant sequoia, had a picnic, Mom always had a cooler full of sandwich meats, bags of treats and plenty of soda in the trunk. That night we hauled every ounce of food uphill to our cabin. Exhausted mom & I crashed in the bed next to the front door & window. It was in the early morning hours, when mom woke me up with her hand tapping me repeating in a whisper “Moosie do you her that” “do you hear that”. The sound was a scratching noise that kept repeating itself near the front door. By now Mom had her nails in me, pulling me closer to her as she was positive a BLACK BEAR was on the porch coming for our food. THEN dad opened the bathroom door, next to the front door, Mom let out a scream, snatched me up & we were standing in the middle of the bed in a flash. With all this commotion dad even hollered. Well since there was no bear coming in, we realized it had been dad pulling toilet paper off an off old metal/wooden dowel holder…… we laughed so hard. We have told this story a million times.
Mom was so much fun, her laughter was contagious, her flair for adventure was incredible. Mom you were rare jewel in life. I will cherish all my special memories. I love you Momma. Your daughter Karen.

Charlotte Jordan

November 21, 2018

It was the night of March 17 1968 with the birth of my child. With my husband over seas mom was there for me. She carried me to the hospital and there she sat holding my hand and tell me it would be ok. Threw out the night mom sat with me holding my hand until she informed me I’d had a baby boy. This is one of the memories I have until her passing where I sat and held her hand telling her it will be ok. Thank you for bring my mom. I love you . Your daughter Charlotte Jordan

Doris Smith

November 19, 2018

Mom and I loved to shop antique and thrift stores, looking for our next exciting treasure! We were in Paris, Tn looking thru a huge old building, slowing searching each and every crook and cranny, when we came to our last big room. As we picked thru tons of stuff we made our way to the back of the room where shelving was along the wall. Studing each piece intently, all of a sudden I hear this noise. I said " Did you hear that?" Mom said " Yes!!! It's a rattle snake, RUN". We ran so fast out of that place that we breezed by the attendants at the front door, screaming " There is a rattle snake in the back room!!!!". We often spoke of that day with laughter. She was always ready to go searching, whenever I wanted to. I will miss those special times together. I love you Mom. Your daughter Gail

Melissa Davidson

November 11, 2018

Prayers and love to all the family of
Mrs. Goodrich. She was a sweet lady. I will be thinking of you all ! May God comfort you all.

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Biography

Annie F. Goodrich was a woman for whom actions would speak louder than words. Her life motto might well have been “if it isn’t logical, it’s not important.” The qualities of being fair, just and the ability to recognize what was right were clearly driving forces in Annie’s life. She was also the kind of person who could respect a “do not disturb” sign, whether it was real or implied. She was analytical and observant, with an ability to be simultaneously spontaneous and keenly perceptive. Annie was modest in her actions and extremely literal in her thoughts and in the manner in which she communicated with others. When Annie said something, she meant it. All those who knew her appreciated this trademark quality.

      Annie was born on October 25, 1924 at home in Lavinia, TN. Her parents were John and Maie Foutch. Annie was raised in Lavinia, TN. Even as a small child, Annie wanted to understand what was right and what was wrong in any given situation. As Annie grew older, she realized the importance of being treated fairly, and in return, she treated everyone around her the same way. This belief in fair play served Annie well throughout her life and despite her natural shyness; she enjoyed a solid group of friends.

      Since Annie sought to treat those around her with respect, she often found herself in the role of playing peacemaker within her family. She was comfortable in working through the types of sibling rivalry situations that quite often occur, because she loved the challenge of conflict resolution. She would look at the most reasonable and practical ways to settle any disputes. Annie was raised with seven siblings. She had an older brother David, four younger brothers, Bobby, Lindy, Argyle and Harold and two younger sisters, Patsy and Linda. Annie was constantly involved in activities with her siblings. Annie and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they shared many life experiences.

      During her childhood, family and friends viewed Annie as a quiet and reserved person with what most would consider a calm and tranquil demeanor. In fact, she was a fairly curious child who had the ability to entertain herself and didn’t require much in the way of outside stimulation. A great deal of Annie’s free time was spent learning how and why the things around her worked. She was an active child who loved being outdoors and absorbing all the sensory input that nature could provide. She took part in Basketball and was good at it. She was an active member of homemaker classes in school. In her spare time she liked making dolls out of sticks and sewing out of flour sacks. Annie's memorable achievements included being a fantastic basketball player, which she often talked about and taking care of her siblings in the corn crib to keep them safe from a contagious family illness.

      The fact that she was curious was an asset to Annie while she was in school. She possessed strong study skills and good concentration. She relished the task of scrutinizing problems, investigating all of the options and then solving them. Annie enjoyed tackling the project that was right in front of her and working it straight through to its conclusion. Sometimes, she would become so involved in the process of problem solving that she would lose awareness of her surroundings. Experience was Annie’s best teacher. She graduated from Spring Creek High which was closed her senior year, so she graduated from Brown's High school in 1943. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was History. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was her basketball coach. She played varsity basketball, making the main team at the age of 13.

      Those who didn’t know Annie well might have thought her to be objective and somewhat emotionally detached, but family and friends who were close to her knew that she was capable of unexpected flashes of humor. Annie’s good friends tended to be “thinkers” like herself. Even though the circle of friends was somewhat small, it was a strong and loyal group, and Annie liked nothing better than to spend her free time with them. Annie was well known for always being up front and open, never hiding her true feelings, qualities that drew deep loyalty from her friends because they understood and appreciated her for the person she was. Another quality that people admired in Annie was her ability to link cause and effect and apply the appropriate connection in her assessment of any new situation. While growing up, some of her best friends were Vertie B. Singleton, Russell and Ray Foutch and Mattie Kirk. Later in life, she became friends with Wiladean Butler, Ruby Krik, Annette Hayes, Mary Bryan, Dorothy Little, Laureen Shults, Shelby Jones and her sister Patsy Morrison, Louise Crocker and Amelia Lane.

      This same loyalty and up front honesty Annie shared with her friends carried over to other aspects of her life, including her relationships with her family. On March 5, 1944, Annie exchanged wedding vows with Edward Franklin Goodrich at the courthouse in Corinth, MS. The marriage became a solid relationship, due in part to Annie’s skill at bringing fresh energy and clarity to meeting Edward's needs. She was a great listener who enjoyed the couple’s “together” time, especially when it came to celebrating special occasions and their traveling adventures.

      As the family grew, Annie was easily able to adapt to the changes and challenges of parenthood. Annie was blessed with 6 children, two sons, Jimmy and Jerry; four daughters, Mary Lynn, Charlotte, Gail and Karen. They were also blessed with 10 grandchildren, Beau, Michael, Scott, Greg, Randy, Austin, Melissa, Stephanie, Jennifer and Elizabeth. Annie was never impulsive in dealing with family problems. Instead, she would carefully think things through before implementing the solution in a logical and objective manner. Annie was a strong, clear communicator who excelled at eliminating confusion by making matters crystal clear to all those involved. At the same time, Annie’s inventive nature could turn some of the boring old household chores into a fun activity for the family.

      In her work life, Annie was the kind of person who had no difficulty in taking on a project and seeing it through to its completion. She excelled at dealing with those pesky details that can derail some people, and once she understood exactly why she was working on a project, she could plow full steam ahead. For Annie, being able to grasp the logical components of any task was significant to her in appreciating its importance. Even if she worked alone on an assignment, Annie was able to incorporate and welcome new insights from co-workers, and she would readily use them if they improved the process. Her primary occupation was Factory worker, homemaker and sharecropper duties. She was employed for Jackson Battery Plant, Oakley Fashions and retired from Quaker Oats. Annie always made the effort to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Annie’s curious and inquisitive nature influenced her choice of leisure pursuits as well. She applied her strong concentration and analytical skills as to how things worked to her choice of activities. She particularly enjoyed the “alone” time her hobbies provided. Her favorite pursuits were quilt making, ceramics, canning, gardening, sewing, antique shopping and glassware and figurine collectibles. Annie was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Annie had the ability to stay calm and the determination to do what was necessary to get the job finished, traits that helped her enjoy sports. In high school, Annie played basketball. Annie was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were basketball and ice skating.

      Annie was an asset to any organization she joined. In many ways, she was a woman of action who would rather tackle a job than spend time chatting about irrelevant things. She worked well on small committees and excelled at focusing on the important details without getting bogged down by the unnecessary parts of an assignment. Throughout her later years, Annie was an active member of the Sunday School class and Ceramic class.

      If Annie believed in a cause or an idea, she was willing to work hard on its behalf. Politically, Annie was a Democrat.

      Religion and faith were important to Annie. She held dear the faith and values she derived from her beliefs. She was a member Meridian Baptist Church.

      Annie was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Annie’s favorites was Penny a Poodle. Her family was rounded out by her two Siamese cats named Ricky and Lucy.

      As her retirement approached, Annie viewed the event as just one more project to research and solve. So, when the day finally arrived in 1987, she was well prepared. Her new life involved staying in Jackson, TN. after retiring from Quaker Oats. In retirement, she found new pleasure in continuing with her quilting, ceramics, canning and gardening, especially raising tomatoes, and searching for those collectibles.

      Annie passed away on November 9, 2018 at Maplewood Nursing Home. Annie died of Congestive heart failure. She fought a long battle but died peacefully with her family members beside her. She is survived by 5 children, Jimmy, Jerry, Charlotte, Gail and Karen; 10 grandchildren; 17 Great-Grandchildren; and 4 Great-Great-Grandchildren. She also leaves 2 brothers, Harold and Bobby, and a sister Patsy. Services were held at George A. Smith and Sons South Chapel November 14, 2018. Annie was laid to rest in Hopewell Cemetery in Medina, TN. beside her husband Edward.

      Annie strongly believed that talk is cheap. She was the type of person who would show others her feelings through her actions. She was practical and realistic but was able to be flexible when the need arose. She had a curiosity about the things around her and tried to experience life directly rather than sit back and talk about it. The experiences she treasured most were those she shared with her loved ones. Annie F. Goodrich will be greatly missed.