Charlotte Beam Goodman

May 11, 2024

Charlotte Goodman, 99, made her journey to her heavenly home on Saturday, May 11, 2024, after being the best mother, grandmother, and wife on earth.  

Charlotte was born in Lexington, NC to the late J.V. Beam and Ila Collins Beam. After her birth, they moved to Badin, NC where Charlotte lived until after high school.  Charlotte was valedictorian of Badin High School, class of 1942.  She attended Morgan Business School while working in the lab at the Carolina Aluminum Company in Badin where her father also worked. During this time, she met the love of her life, F.O. “Babe” Goodman, and the couple married in 1946. They moved to Charlotte that same year, and were married for fifty-two years until F.O.’s death in 1998.

Charlotte had a 30-year career with the Baptist Book Store in Charlotte. At her retirement in 1986, she was awarded the Career of Excellence Award by the Baptist Sunday School Board in Nashville, TN.  Charlotte enjoyed watching sports on TV especially Wake Forest football and basketball.

Charlotte and F.O. were faithful members of First Baptist Church in Charlotte their entire lives where they taught Sunday School and Training Union.  Both exemplified what it means to live a Christian life.  Charlotte was a classic “southern lady” who lived her life with grace and dignity.  She consistently sacrificed herself for her family and made sure they had everything they needed – even when she didn’t.  She made everyone around her comfortable and happy.

Charlotte is survived by her son, Michael Goodman, of Charlotte.  She is also survived by her beloved grandsons Tucker and Hunter Goodman of Banner Elk, NC.  She was exceedingly proud of each of them and looked forward to their visits in Charlotte and her visits to Banner Elk. All three were referred to as “her boys.”

In addition to her parents and husband, Charlotte was preceded in death and reunited in eternal life with her brother, Paul Beam, and sister, Hilda Woodruff.

We love you Mammaw.  Yours was a life well lived.  Until we see you again….   

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 16, 2024, at Sharon Memorial Park with Dr. Joseph Wescott officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Research Hospital or the Victory Junction Gang Camp.  

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at

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  • Gordon Duncanson

    I knew Charlotte as 'Mike's Mom' and unfortunately only knew her for a fraction of her wonderful 99 years. When I did get to spend time with her it was immediately obvious that she was a kind, gentle and intelligent lady. I always looked forward to getting to spend a little time with her when Mike brought her out to have dinner or to celebrate a special occasion. She will be greatly missed!

  • Tom Mundy

    Charlotte was a fine Christian Lady.
    How this world needs more .
    Her kindness, servitude, charity, intellect will
    be missed.
    The world is less sweet with her absence.