Fallen Hero: MSgt(Ret.) Willo Goodwin, Jr.


Funeral Home

Riemann Family Funeral Home

274 Beauvoir Road Biloxi, MS 39531


Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Riemann Family Funeral Home
274 Beauvoir Road
Biloxi, MS 39531


Graveside service will follow the visitation at Southern Memorial Park.




Willo Goodwin Jr. age 87, of Biloxi, passed away Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Willo was born in Sledge, Mississippi in 1932, and graduated from Drew High School in Drew, Mississippi. He received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Delta State University and his Master of Science in Academic Guidance, and Specialists Degrees in Academic and Vocational Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. At Delta State University, Willo was a member of the DSU Alumni and Athletic Alumni, as well as a recipient of the DSU Sports Hall of Fame (1995), and a Phi Kappa Delta member.

He served in the U.S. Army and Air National Guard of Mississippi. He was employed by Shaw High School in Shaw, Mississippi (1958-1965) and Biloxi Schools (1965-1998) where he was named Mississippi Counselor of the Year in 1993.

His hobbies were hunting and fishing, and he was a member of the Coast Rifle and Pistol Club. He was also a longtime member of First United Methodist of Gulfport.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willo and Lorena Goodwin; his siblings, James Goodwin, DeLois Walker, and Freddie Goodwin.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Louise Ferguson Goodwin; his daughter Laci (Dwayne) Garrett of Woodbridge, VA; his sibilings Sara Lea Brumley of Lakeland, TN and Theo (Nan) Goodwin of Biloxi.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, from 12:00-1:00pm, at RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 274 Beauvoir Road, Biloxi, MS. Graveside service will follow at Southern Memorial Park.