August 23, 1936March 10, 2021

Emma Jean Goodwin died Wednesday, March 10, 2021. She was 84 years old.

Preceded in death by her parents, Wesley A., and Addie Louella Whittenburg, her husband, Paul Edward Goodwin, Sr., and her only child Paul Edward Goodwin, Jr.

A graveside for Emma will be held 11 am Monday, March 15, 2021 at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

Emma was born in Eagleville, Tennessee but grew up in Nashville. She was the seventh child of eight siblings: six sisters and two brothers. None survive her.

Emma had many interests. She was a long-standing member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., Oak Hill Garden Club, and the Horticulture Society of Middle Tennessee. She was fond of traveling, both domestically and abroad, with large groups of her friends. Some excursions became yearly rituals. Friday night card games and domino competitions with her friends were legend.

An avid sports fan, Emma was both spectator and player. As a teenager she played Women’s Basketball for her Alma Mater, East High. She excelled at bowling and played in several leagues. She loved the game of golf and all her golfing buddies in the Spencer Creek Ladies 9 Hole League (now called Cheekwood Golf Course) in Franklin. She loved Vanderbilt Basketball, Vanderbilt Baseball, and the Tennessee Titans.

Her large family gatherings for Easter and Thanksgiving were a tradition, as were the let’s celebrate Emma’s birthday luncheons organized yearly by her nieces and nephews.

Emma was beloved for her steadfast loyalty, compassion, infectious laugh, and keen wit.

All who were cherished by Emma feel a great void. Her love was all-encompassing.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospital.


  • Graveside

    Monday, March 15, 2021



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Jenifer and Ethan Goodwin

March 15, 2021

You will always live on in our hearts and sweetest memories. Ethan and I were so blessed to have you and Ed in our lives. You were a WONDERFUL Granny and will never be forgotten. We find comfort in knowing you are now reunited with Ed in Heaven and no longer in pain.

Love always,
Jenifer and Ethan Goodwin

Patsy Davis

March 14, 2021

Over the many, many years that we have known each other we shared a lot of great memories. I always enjoyed our bowling leagues, the family and friend camping weekends, many vacations, fishing, and traveling on so many trips over the years. I loved you like a sister growing up!

Sincere Sympathy,
Patsy Davis

Mike Brown

March 12, 2021

Loved my Aunt Emma Jean. One of the feistiest people I ever knew; she shot it straight to everybody, no filters whatsoever with her. She carried on the tradition of the Whittenburg family gatherings that brought us all together; family was so important to her to do that. She joins her other nine siblings and Mom and Dad in heaven for the best of reunions. Rest In Peace my dear Aunt Emma Jean.

Candice Hart

March 11, 2021

I played golf with Emma and every year Ed would host the Shriners tournament . Emma was so welcoming to me when I joined the golf league. I didn’t know anyone and she took me over and introduced me to everyone..her genuine and loyal personality will be missed.

Mary Clayton

March 10, 2021

A dear friend to me, she was funny kind very talented helped others and loved her card playing. Emma had such a long illness and now she is well, she is with Ed again and she is with her Lord amen. She is missed