November 22, 1922 - January 18, 2014
Born in Dallas, Texas to Joe and Lottie Godwin. One of 11 children. Preceded in death by his parents, wife, Judy; daughter, Norma Humphreys; grandson, Jeremy Wells; granddaughter, Jenny Swafford; one brother, Marlin; and 4 sisters, Fannie, Edna, Dottie and Edith. He married the love of his life, Judy, on January 5, 1944. They would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this year. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII as a tank gunner. He was in the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He was decorated with a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 5 named battle stars. He served under General George S. Patton and his unit received a Bronze Star for destroying 13 tanks in the battle of Arracourt. He worked his whole life as a cabinet maker. He enjoyed playing 42 with family, but his passion was going to the horse races with his brother James. He loved to play his French harp and always loved to complain about the Dallas Cowboys. He is survived by his 4 loving daughters, Ruth Wells (Burton), Carolyn Swafford (Jim), Johnnie Ryan (Bob) and Paula Muth (Foster); grandchildren, John Wells, Kim McMellon, Jamie Swafford, Jeff Wells, Jennifer Faircloth, Janna Harris, Robbie Ryan, Chuck Muth, Lisa Dempsey, Tracie Teel and Elizabeth Muth; 18 great-grand children; 2 great-great-grand children and 5 brothers. Pallbearers are his grandsons, John, Jamie, Jeff, Robbie, Chuck, Jack, Ryan, Colton, Trent, Chandler, Corey and Tyler.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in Parlor A of the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.
Funeral services will be on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm in The Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234. Interment will follow the service at Hilltop Memorial Park, 1810 N. Perry Road, Carrollton, Texas 75006.
Brother Jeff Roe will be officiating the funeral service.
Honorary pallbearers are his 5 brothers, James, Jody, Archie, Carroll and Charles Godwin.
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