Deputy Sheriff William McKinley Goodwin

Deputy Sheriff William McKinley Goodwin

Halifax County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, March 2, 1969

William McKinley Goodwin

Deputy Sheriff William Goodwin was killed when his patrol car was struck by a train at a railroad crossing on Rural Paved Road 1423, near Halifax, North Carolina.

Deputy Goodwin was a U.S. Navy veteran. He had served with the Halifax County Sheriff's Office for only five months and was the agency's first African American deputy. He had previously served with the Roanoke Rapids Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 1 year, 5 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train

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To my Uncle 'Kinney Boy', the nickname that you were so affectionately known by... I so wish that I was given the privilege & honor 2 have met you personally. Although my mother (your oldest sister), your siblings & other family members kept your memory alive, I still have this feeling of being cheated. My Aunt Anne showed me a wall where your name was etched, you have a daughter that u were unfortunately not able to ever meet. I named my son after you in your honor(despite the back lash) I pray that your legacy lives FOREVER & that WE NEVER loose the focus on the bigger pic, ....YOU, Mr McKinley Goodwin! In the end it has always been about your accomplishments & your determination to make change! It's w/sincerest thought that I type these words NOT to shame or embarrass my family.


December 10, 2017

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