The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 11, 2013

Virginia M. Goodwin James

Published 7-11-13

Enid News and Eagle

ENID — Celebration service for Virginia M. Goodwin James, 92, will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2013, at Central Assembly of God Church, with Rev. Kevin Ward officiating. Arrangements by Anderson-Burris Funeral Home.

Virginia was born to Fredrick and Lula (Powell) Goodwin on May 8, 1921, in Norman, and left this earth on June 2, 2013, in Enid after a brief illness.

Virginia was the oldest of three children. Her dad was a member of the Army Artillery (horse-drawn) Regiment stationed on the OU campus.

She graduated from Norman High School in 1939, and married her high school sweetheart, Otho J. James, on July 24, 1940. Otho was in the Army and they were stationed in several locations during WWII.

After the war, they returned to Oklahoma, living in Norman, Oklahoma City, and then settling in Enid in 1950. To this union, two children were born, Charlie and Debbie.

Virginia was a homemaker for many years, then went back to college, attending Phillips University and receiving her education degree. She taught fourth and fifth grades for 16 years at Garfield and Adams elementary schools.  

Virginia was an active member of Central Assembly of God Church since 1950, serving as a Sunday school teacher, and involved in Women’s Ministries, Missionettes and Star Widows.

After she retired from teaching, she volunteered many hours at Integris Bass Hospital. She was also an artist in her spare time, completing several oil paintings cherished by family members.

Virginia and Otho were married for 67 years at his death in 2008.

She is survived by son, Charlie James and wife Marvella of Newton, Kan.; daughter, Debbie DeWitt and husband Randy of Enid; six grandchildren, Charlie James Jr. and wife Becky of Pinckney, Mich.; Becky James of Nebraska City, Neb.; Tim James of Olathe, Kan.; Ron James and wife Alisa of Manhattan, Kan.; Tara Batterman and husband Barry of Lahoma; and Kari Clark and husband MsGt Jeremy of Aviano AB, Italy; six great-grandchildren, Hollyann Noyes, Makenzie Clark, Amberly Clark, Logan James, Blake Batterman and Alivia James; sister-in-law, Henrietta Goodwin; many nieces and nephews; and her “in-law sisters” Bonnie DeWitt and May Gentry.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Otho; sister, Edith Lee; and brother, Fred Goodwin.

Memorials may be made to Central Assembly of God Church, Children’s Ministries.

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(Submitted by family)