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Godwin, Joseph Lee

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October 20, 1930 - August 10, 2016

Godwin, Joseph Lee

Joseph Lee Godwin of Midlothian, Texas passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at the age of 85.

Joseph was born to Joe and Lottie Godwin in Dallas, Texas on October 20, 1930. He served in the United States Army in Korea as a rifleman in the infantry. He was wounded twice and awarded the Purple Heart.  Joseph also served 5 years in the Reserves as a Mail Clerk.  Joseph retired from UT Health Northeast.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Marlin, Henry, James, Archie and Carroll; his sisters Fannie, Edna, Dottie and Edith.

Joseph is survived by his younger brother, Charles and sister-in-law, Shirley of Midlothian, Texas; sister-in-law, Glenda Godwin of Ruidoso, New Mexico; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and loving friends.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 in the Brooks Family Chapel at the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.

Interment will follow the service at the DFW National Veterans Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway where he will receive Military Honors.

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James Duty

January 13, 2020 8:50PM

Jody...you were a great guy...I met you in 1969 when I moved Dallas & you shared an apartment with my older
brother Charles, you both attended Oak Cliff Assembly of God church. I move into the apartment & we all split the rent three way...I found that you were such a fantastic person I'm sure that you are missed by many...rest in peace my friend. Until we meet again my friend...


Jim and Carolyn Swafford

August 18, 2016 3:57PM

To my Sweet Uncle Jody,
I wanted so much to be there for you as you were there for so many of our family. I don't know what Aunt Fanny would have done without you after Uncle Ralph died. Thank you for all those years you took care of our Granny & Granddaddy. I feel so blessed that I got the chance to kiss you and say good bye just before you passed. Now you have the chance to win the gold trophy for "42 champion" and give back the "ceramic skunk" to JUDY. Rest in Peace Uncle Jody as you have earned your wings.


Joe Charles Prokopowicz-Godwin

August 17, 2016 7:02AM

Words can never express what sadness I feel in my heart. What an honor it was to visit Uncle Jody in the home during his last days. When I left for my home in New York, Uncle Jody and I shared a few phone conversations. (sorry you didn't get to visit us, but your spirit is surely here). I will NEVER forget when my dad asked Uncle Jody during our visit "do you know who this is?" I thought to myself it's okay Jody - you are forgetting names and people - you've been through allot. Uncle Jody took a turn and said "sure, that's Joe Charles!!" (sigh) such an honor - my Uncle remembered me. Jody's boyfriend Joe told me - Uncle Jody would often talk about me. Uncle Jody - I love you and will miss you. You are now amongst some great people - along with your parents, brothers and sisters - many other friends and relatives and especially our baby REX. Be at peace Uncle Jody. WITH OUR LOVE ---your nephew Joe Charles, my husband Tommy and our little boy BRUNO


Joe Charles Prokopowicz-Godwin

August 16, 2016 9:51PM

My words can never explain what mu heart is feeling. I was so honored to be able to visit Uncle Jody at the home during his last days. I even spoke to him on the phone from New York a few times. Even though Uncle Jody had problems remembering people and their names - when I came into his room my dad ask Uncle Jody "do you know who this is?"... and Jody said "of course, that's Joe Charles"!!!! (sigh) How can I ever express such an honor and how my heart was filled with love. My Uncle Jody - remembering me! - His boyfriend Joe has told me, Uncle Jody would often speak of me. (sigh) - Uncle Jody - I LOVE YOU and will miss you. You are in good company - your parents, brothers and sisters amongst many family and friends - including our little angel REX.May you ALL be at peace and pray for us! LOVE your nephew Joe Charles Prokopowicz-Godwin , my husband Thomas and our baby boy BRUNO


LuAnn Savage

August 16, 2016 1:32PM

I remember your "scary" stories you told to us, nieces and nephews. They were the best. You always had a smile on your face and was such a sweet man.


Paula Jo Godwin Muth

August 16, 2016 12:18PM

To My Secret Santa!
As a child, like everyone else, Christmas was my favorite time of year, especially since Santa would come to our house. On Christmas Eve, Santa (Uncle Jody) would come to Henry & Judy's house. My sister's, cousins and even the adults would gather to greet Santa. To this day these memories are what Christmas's are made of. I will always hold tight to My Secret Santa. Love you Uncle Jody