HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (1/25/12)—The remains of Jeremy D. Goodwin, 35—a beloved son, father, sibling, and friend to many—were located this past week, January 20th, after exactly seven long months of searching. And while the untimely and tragic loss of Goodwin has caused heartache throughout our community, those close to him are remembering the good points of his life and hope that his murder can bring awareness to the entire region, while also shedding light on those still missing.
With this in mind, SurfKY News sought to learn a little bit about who Jeremy Goodwin was as a person and also found out when memorial services will be held.
The information we were able to compile for this brief “memorial” or “bio” came directly from Goodwin’s mother and Madisonville resident, Brenda Huddleston, as well as several of his siblings and friends.
Born in Coldwater, Michigan on September 3rd, 1975 at 3:31pm, Jeremy Goodwin was a healthy baby weighing in at approximately 7 pounds. Though his life was spent without a biological father supporting him, Doug Goodwin adopted Jeremy and raised him alongside Brenda when was only 3 months old.
As he grew, Jeremy developed a strong affinity for the outdoors, which he held until his later life as an adult. In particular, Jeremy’s family and friends say that he had a strong and memorable fondness for fishing, hunting, and camping.
Jeremy also enjoyed playing basketball, painting in his free time, listening to country music, and cheering on his favorite NASCAR driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. In fact, it was Jeremy’s interest in NASCAR and racing in general that led him to seek employment at a nearby Michigan racetrack while he was in high school. After getting the job, Jeremy was able stay close to the local racing circuit while bringing in a minimal income on the side.
Soon after graduating from Hillsdale High School in Cambria, MI, Jeremy’s strong work ethic and business sensibilities led him to employment with Sterling Steel where he remained for several years. It was also during this time period that Brenda relocated to Madisonville, KY.
After years of being apart, family members say that Jeremy began to miss his mother and, along with his family, moved to Madisonville, KY in early 2009. From there, Jeremy began working for Madisonville’s Land O’ Frost factory and eventually became involved with local construction company, All in One Exteriors. Jeremy remained as a driving force with the siding/construction company until his disappearance on June 30th, 2011.
Of what comes to mind when she thinks of Jeremy, his mother Brenda says that, “I remember Jeremy’s hugs. They always made me safe, warm, and loved. His eyes will always stay in my mind too; they always stood out. They were so blue and kind.”
Brenda also strongly recalls that “no matter what, Jeremy lived to see his grandmother ‘Dee’ happy.”
Though Brenda, family members, and friends grieve Jeremy’s regrettable death, nearly all those involved agree that several positives have come forth as a result.
In addition to bringing many members of the family together, Brenda says that Jeremy’s case is bringing other missing people to light, awareness to our region, and, hopefully, final justice.
“Talking about Jeremy helps to keep his memory alive and reminds people that there are others still missing,” says Brenda. “I give big ‘thanks’ to the Jodi Powers Search and Rescue Technologies [JPSRT] team and all the people who have supported us or prayed for us.”
Jeremy D. Goodwin is survived by his two sons, Zachary, 9, and Landon, 1. Siblings to Jeremy include Doug and Jeanna Goodwin; Jordon and Ashley Goodwin; Cody Goodwin; Nina Nivison; Amber and Isley Marcum; David and Kevin Huddleston; Candace Littlepage; and Nicki Goodwin-Bullock. Jeremy's parents/step-parents are Brenda and Charles Huddleston and Doug and Cindy Goodwin.
In honoring the life of Jeremy D. Goodwin, family members and supporters will be hosting an unofficial memorial service this upcoming Saturday, January 28th at 2pm. The service will be held on the westward portion of HWY2171 (off of S. Main Street in Madisonville) on the border between Madisonville and Earlington, KY. Those who knew Jeremy Goodwin or those who simply wish to show their support are encouraged to attend.
On Monday, January 30th, an official memorial service will be held for Jeremy Goodwin at Madisonville’s Life Christian Academy, which is located at 721 Princeton Rd/Pike.
To learn more about these services or to donate much-needed items to the Goodwin/Huddleston family (inlcuding monetary donations), please contact the Jodi Powers Search and Rescue Team via their official site at:
Information provided by the Goodwin/Huddleston Family
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