Manuel L. Goodwin Jr., 86, passed away June 3, 2016.
Goodwin graduated from Dora High School in 1949 and attended the University of Alabama and graduated from Howard University (now known as Samford University).
Following Army duty during the Korean war, he served as a Birmingham police officer, working the night shift from 1954 to 1958 and attending Howard University during the day.
In 1958, he began his career in government service with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division of the U.S. Treasury Department in eastern North Carolina as a criminal investigator. During the next 22 1/2 years, he held most of the supervisory and management positions that the bureau had including the position of Regional Director in New York City and supervisory positions in Birmingham, Atlanta, Nashville, Cincinnati and Washington D.C. He was appointed regional director for ATF’s North Atlantic Region in September 1974, where he directed both ATF Regional enforcement operations, and criminal and regulatory, in the Northeast including Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. At that time there were only seven ATF regional directors in the country. He returned as Special Agent in Charge in Georgia in 1980, and then moved back to the home where he grew up in Sumiton until his death.
He was a member of the board of directors of the BATF retirees organization for many years.
He was an avid golfer and a 54-year member of Brooklyn Masonic Lodge No. 704.
Goodwin was the son of the late Manuel L. Goodwin Sr. and Annie Long Goodwin.
He is survived by three sisters, Mary Faye Phillips of Talladega, Bobbie Segers (Glenn) of Arab and Betty Ayers of Sumiton; one brother, Charles Goodwin (Gaye) of Dora; and several nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to caregivers, Barbara Gober, Joyce Meek and Carl Branch, the Cordova Health and Rehab staff, and New Beacon Hospice.
As per his request, there will be no visitation or funeral services. Cremation is pending. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 18, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Sumiton First Baptist Church. The Rev. Ted Johnson will officiate.
New Horizon Memorial Funeral Home, Dora; 205-648-2323