The Staff at Goodwin Funeral Home & Crematory is ready to serve you when you need us. Time Proven Service since 1946.

John R. Vinson, III

John is the sole owner of Goodwin Funeral Home. He has been a life-long resident of Trigg County.

He graduated from Trigg county High School in 1960 and Mid-America College of Funeral Service with a degree in Mortuary Science in 1961. John is licensed in both Funeral Directing and Embalming.  John also served as Coroner of Trigg County from 1965 until 2006 at which time his son, John Mark, was elected to serve that position. John has remained within the Coroner's office and serves as a deputy. John and his wife Margie Rogers Vinson are members of Cadiz Baptist Church.

John has been blessed to serve the people of Trigg County since starting his position at the funeral home in 1960 and is there daily to answer or assist with any questions that you may have.

John Mark Vinson

John Mark is a life-long resident of Trigg County.

He has two children- Jackson Vinson and Jordan Vinson. John Mark is a member of Cadiz Baptist Church. He graduated from Trigg County High School in 1990, attended Lindsey Wilson College and later graduated with honors from John A. Gupton College with a degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service. He has been employed with Goodwin Funeral Home since 1991 as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. John Mark also serves as Trigg County coroner, a department he has been affliated with since 1992.

He is very active within the Trigg County community and oversees most of the daily activities at the funeral home and is continually striving to ensure that each family receives the best care possible.

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Clespy Ray Smiley

Clespy Ray Smiley is a graduate of Kentucky Mortuary School and is a licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director.

Ray and his wife Sue moved to Trigg County in 1976 from Somerset, KY. He began work at Goodwin Funeral Home in July 1976. Since then, he has dedicated 31 years to serving the families of Trigg County.

Ray and Sue have four children; Elizabeth Smiley, Marsha Bullock, Clesphy Ray Smiley, Jr., and Nannie Davis. They also have three grandchildren; Brittany Smiley, Megan Bullock and Caleb Davis.

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Kathleen Johnson

Kathleen Johnson was born in Stranraer, Scotland. She is the oldest of eleven children.

She graduated from Elmwood convent School in Bothwell and moved to Glasgow, Scotlandto to attend College. in the later part of 1968 she emigrated to Frankfurt, Germany and worked there for six years. It was in Germany that she met her husband Frank while he was in the U.S. Army, stationed at the 97th General Hospital. On his return to the United States he was stationed with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky while looking for a place to live, he discovered Cadiz. They have lived in Cadiz since 1974. They have three daughters, Sheena, Athena and Roseleen, who attended school here until they graduated. She attends St. Stephen's Catholic Church. She coached recreational soccer in Trigg County for ten years and still loves the sport.

At Goodwin Funeral Home her job is Family Service which covers:

  • Funeral Pre-Arrangements,
  • After Care visits when possible,
  • Monument sales and to help in the office, and
  • around the funeral home wherever needed for the benefit of our customers.

She is a member of Business and Professional Women's Club, Hospital Auxiliary, Happy Homemakers (U.S. Extension Office), R.S.V.P. Volunteer, Pennyroyal Grief and Loss Program for Widowed Persons (Board Member), League of Woman Voters, Committee Member for the Veteran's Parade, and she is instrumental in starting a Program with the American Legion to send packages at Christmas to the Soldiers in Iraq whose families live in Cadiz.

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Matthew Phillips

Matthew is a life-long resident of Trigg County. He has worked for Goodwin Funeral Home for 15 years.

He is a licensed Funeral Director at Goodwin Funeral Home. His parents are Frankie and Tammy Phillips. He is married to Kayla Gray.  He has three children - MacKayla, Peyton and Reed. He and Kayla are members of Cadiz Baptist Church. He is a fireman with the Cadiz Fire Department and is active with the Trigg Co. Relay For Life.

Matthew is pleased to serve the families of Trigg County.

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Charlie Morris

Charlie Morris has been with Goodwin Funeral Hokme for 13 years. He retired from Bell South Telephone Co. in 1987.

Charlie is married to Mary Virginia (Jennie) and has 3 daughters, Suzanne Ledford, Paula Anderson and Kristina London. He also has 5 grandchildren.

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Jimmy Hart

Jimmy Hart resides in Cerulean and is a life long resident of Trigg County. Jimmy has been a part of the Goodwin Funeral Home family since 2008.  Jimmy has 2 sons Austin Porter Hart and Garrett Thomas Hart. Jimmy has been a member of Cadiz Fire Dept. Trigg Co. Rescue.  He has served on Ham Festival Committee, and the Trigg Co. Planning Commission. 

Jimmy is working towards his Funeral Directors License and looks forward to continuing the tradition of service to our families.


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Mark Harris

Mark joined the funeral home Staff in April 2016. Mark and his wife Connie have three children and one Son in law - Amity and her husband Deshawn, Amber, and Marcus. He is the music director at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Trigg County. He retired from the Trigg County School System in 2014 as the Transportation Director. 

David Fuller joined the funeral home staff in October 2015.  He is a Trigg County native since 1970 and is a 1982 graduate of Trigg County High School.  He is the son of William “Bill” Fuller and the late Loretta Fuller.  David served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve for over 30 years and retired from military service in September 2015.  He is married to Kim Thomas Fuller and has three daughters, Miranda, Ashton, and Ireland.  His three sons-in-law are Kent McKinney, Justin Cain, and Josh Wadlington.  David and Kim have been blessed with five grandsons.  He is glad to be back home and looks forward to continuing to serve the needs of families.

Beth Taylor

Beth Taylor joined the staff of Goodwin Funeral Home in March 2016.  She is the daughter of Leon and Carolyn Bland.  She is a 1988 graduate of Trigg County High School and attended Murray State University and Hopkinsville Community College.  Beth is married to Doug Taylor, and together they have two children, Mallory Caroline, a recent graduate of the University of Louisville, and James Peyton, who attends Murray State University.  Beth is a member and pianist (since age 12) of Canton Baptist Church and also serves as pianist at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.  She looks forward to serving families in their time of need.