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Carroll Clinton Goodridge, 1926 – 2006

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Carroll Clinton Goodridge was born on Aug. 23, 1926, in Boyce. He was the only child of Edward Clinton Goodridge, who died when Carroll was only 7, and Ethel Carroll Goodridge who died when he was 17. His lifelong ambition from childhood was to become a minister. His great-grandfather gave the land for a church to be built in Clarke County with the opportunity to name it. God had been good to him, thus Providence Chapel was built. It was the first church Carroll preached in as an interim when the minister left before annual conference.

He graduated from Boyce High School in 1945. The district superintendent made arrangements for him to serve the Blue Ridge Charge in order that he could enroll in Bridgewater College. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1949. He enrolled in Westminster Theological Seminary and received a Bachelor of Sacred Theology in 1952, while serving the Loudoun Charge. He was appointed to the Kernstown Charge and enrolled in Wesley Theological Seminary for a master’s degree in counseling, graduating in 1957. In 1959, he was appointed as an associate at Highland Park in Richmond. From 1963 to 1970 Carroll was at Middleburg and then he served Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Charlottesville from 1970 to 1973 . From 1973 to 1982 he was in Crozet and from 1982 to 1990 in Bridgewater, when he retired. During his retirement, he served Ottobine in Dayton in the Harrisonburg District until 1996.

In Richmond he worked with Alcoholics Anonymous and volunteered at the penitentiary. Carroll served on the conference Historical Society and the boards of the Hermitage in Richmond and Roanoke. He taught at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg for eight years. He volunteered for 24 years at the Bridgewater Home and was an interim chaplain. He preached in the Union Christian Church located at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historical Site in Plymouth, Vt., for 20 years each summer. In 1971, Carroll was the speaker for the sunrise service at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. In October of 1995, with friends and family Carroll celebrated 50 years in the ministry and in October of 2005 he celebrated 60 years with friends and family.

On Oct. 15, 1951, he married an Arlington school teacher, Nina Mae Goodrich, who survives him after 55 years of marriage.

Carroll was an avid reader and had a marvelous sense of humor. The compelling force of his life was to help people find hope in their lives and to preach the good news. He never met a stranger. During his illness he inspired people because of his attitude concerning his life and death. On Dec. 14, 2006, God took him to live in a home that released him from his suffering.

He was a special friend and mentor to many people during his lifetime. He was especially proud of having mentored in their early ministry Dr. James A. Hewitt III and the Rev. H. Donald Hawks. These two pastors were privileged to minister to him during the last months of his life, along with Harrisonburg District superintendent, the Rev. Edward Pruitt.

— Rev. H. Donald Hawks

 

 

 

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