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In Loving Memory

January 25, 1920 – July 27, 2018


Daphne, AL

Loretta Jernigan Goodwin went to be with her Lord on Friday, July 27, 2018. She passed peacefully in her sleep at home in Daphne, AL. She was 98 and remained an amazingly vibrant woman right up to her final days. Loretta was born in Atmore, AL on January 25, 1920 to Thomas Homer and Sula Bass Jernigan. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, John Martin Goodwin, and her brothers Homer Ferrell Jernigan and Thomas Edgar Jernigan. She is survived by her brother, William Carl Jernigan (Nancy), her three children Jeralyn Goodwin, Gail Goodwin, Jeanne Goodwin Cox (Arden), her grand-daughter Mallory Lauren Harrison, her “adopted son” Tony Buchen, and her loving friend Kisha Miller.  Beginning in childhood Loretta showed signs of the remarkable creativity and artistic talent she expressed throughout her life. She became well known in Birmingham for the Loretta Goodwin Gallery which opened in 1982. She remained a dynamic force in the art world for the next 25 years. Her gallery reflected her passion for art, the desire to awaken that passion in others, and her devotion to encouraging and promoting the artists she represented. Loretta continually made gifts of artwork to her friends and family. She had a wonderful way of making people feel comfortable in any situation. People simply “fell in love” with Loretta – from tellers at the bank to sales clerks at Chico’s. She will be remembered for her great generosity, her kindness, her intelligence, and her awesome sense of humor. Loretta lived a life of deeply held Christian values which touched countless friends and family members throughout her life. A graveside service will be held Thursday, August 2, at 3:00, at Forest Crest Cemetery, 5730 US – 78, Birmingham, AL. There will be a memorial service in Daphne, AL in the near future. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to your favorite charity. Expressions of condolence may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home in Daphne, AL is assisting the family.