Joel C. Goudy ’53

Mr. Joel Channing Goudy, 90, of Lexington passed away Monday, July 18, 2022, at his residence. He was born in Union County, New Jersey to the late George Leroy Goudy and Monrovia Bunkley Goudy on November 14, 1931. Joel grew up in Fanwood, NJ and went to Davidson College until he was drafted during the Korean War and served for the US Army. Upon his return, he swiftly fell in love with his princess, Nancy Glover Goudy, and they married on May 11, 1957, and stayed married for 62 years until her death in 2019. Joel was a senior field engineer for Burroughs Corporation and Unisys. He was a member of the Optimist Club and found much pleasure in serving others.

Always ready with a smile, a joke, and many stories, Joel was beloved by his community. He was a deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington, NC and loved being a greeter and usher, making all feel welcome. An avid golfer, Joel loved being a starter at Tanglewood golf course.

He is fiercely loved and missed by his children, Glenn Goudy (Susie), Bonnie Soper (Scott) and Richard Goudy (Marta), his sister, Susan Gabus and many nieces and nephews. He was Grandaddy to his nine grandchildren and Dah to his seven great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held 1:30 PM, Sunday, July 24, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church, Lexington, NC with Rev. Randy Hall officiating. Online condolences may be sent to