Willa G. Goodwin was born on March 22, 1922 in Bluffton, Georgia. She was the oldest child of Luther Humphrey Sr. and Versie Haywood. She was preceded in death by both parents and her only sibling Luther Humphrey, Jr.
Willa received her childhood education from Dothan City Schools in Dothan, Alabama. Willa moved to Cincinnati, OH in the late 1940’s with her beloved mother and step-father. She confessed Christ at an early age. Upon her arrival in Cincinnati, she united with First Baptist Church of Walnut Hills under the leadership of the late Rev. B. E. Edmondson. She was a loyal and faithful servant who served on many auxiliaries for over 60 years. She was a member of the Pastor’s Aid, a member of the Mother’s Board, and organized trips to Chicago to attend gospel plays and concerts.
On October 23, 1953 she was united in holy matrimony to Mr. Fred L. Goodwin, to this union no children were born. Her beloved Fred preceded her in death.
Willa had a great love for family.
She and her mother Versie were best friends and did everything together. She was also very close to her Aunt Odessa Jackson and Uncles Rufus and Homer Chester. All of whom preceded her in death.
Willa owned and operated My Aim Beauty Nook on Lincoln Avenue in Cincinnati, OH. Willa stressed the importance of professionalism at all times in the field of Cosmetology in the Beauty Field. In 1988, Willa was awarded the Madam C.J. Walker Business Award in recognition of her unselfish service to encourage others to a true and high sense of personal appearance and dedication to the development of the profession of “Hair Culturist.”
Willa was a member of the Ohio Association of Beauticians Inc. (OAB) for over 60 years. She held the office of Scholarship Chair, Historian, and Executive Board Member. Willa also served as OAB Chapter #6 President. Under her leadership Chapter #6 hosted the OAB Inc. state convention three times, awarded scholarships to high school graduates participating in the local Oratorical Contest, worked with Lincoln Crawford Nursing Home, donated food and money to the Free Store Food Bank, and hosted the Chapter #6 Crystal Hour of Tea honoring many local Cincinnatians.
Willa was also a member of the National Beauty Culturist League. In her early years of membership she was an ambassador for National President Dr. Katie Wickham where she traveled as the President’s spokesperson. She worked with the Legislative Committee working for the desegregation of schools, as well as with Senator Mallory and the late Senator Bowen on legislation for the Improvement for Cosmetologists in the Beauty Field. As as a result, Chapter #6 of the OAB Inc. under her leadership became the first to offer classes to cosmetologists to obtain credit hours of Continuing Education (CEU).
In 1998, Willa was inducted into the OAB Inc. Hall of Fame. Willa touched many lives with her loving and caring nature.
Willa was called home to glory on Thursday, June 18, 2020 as she slept peacefully in her home. She leaves to cherish her loving memories her devoted cousin Billy Chester (Brooklyn, NY), longtime friend Richard V. Stewart (Cincinnati, OH), special friend Tonkia (Belle) Bridges (Cincinnati, OH), and a host of relatives and friends.
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