John Dale Godwin

1935 - 2021


John D. Godwin, 85, died peacefully surrounded by his family on March 25, 2021 at Arbor Springs. He was born on April 30, 1935 in Tallassee, AL to the proud parents of John R. and Irene Pierce Godwin.

Mr. Godwin graduated from Tallassee High School, then went on to further his education at Southern Union State Community College. After serving 2 years for the U.S. Army as Military Police stationed in Germany, John returned home to marry his love, Bessie Lee Griggs in 1958. He then went on to work for AMPEX, and retired from there after 31 years of dedicated work.

Mr. Godwin is preceded in death by his parents, John R. Godwin and Irene Pierce Godwin; 5 of his sisters, Ruth Grumm, Annie Laura Melton, Mary White, June Denning, and Jean McVay. His 2 children, Melody L. Thrower and Stanley D. Godwin.

He is survived in death also by his wife of 62 years, Bessie Lee Godwin; his sister Margaret Parrett; his daughter-in-law, Kathleen Godwin; his grandchildren, Jonathan Dawson, and his wife Jessica, Trent Thrower, and his wife, Rachael, Saragrace Godwin, Pierce Godwin and his wife Anna, and Mary Elizabeth Fitts and her husband Matt; his great-grandchildren, Savannah and Sawyer Dawson, Keller Thrower, and John Orus Fitts (Sept. 2021).

John D. Godwin was a faithful servant and patron of First Baptist Church of Opelika, and sought every day to make the world a better place. He was a man of kindness, generosity, and unconditional love.

A service of “Celebration of Life” will be held Sunday, March 28, 2021 at FBCO Chapel at 2:00 p.m. CST. In lieu of flowers, the family asking for donations to be made to First Baptist Church of Opelika in his memory.

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Sandra Maxwell

March 29, 2021 9:31 PM

Kyle Parrott

March 29, 2021 8:48 AM

Uncle John Dale was a great man, I have many fond memories growing up visiting with Bessie, Melody, Stanley and Uncle John Dale. I learned to ride my first bicycle at their home one summer. Likewise the many times while at Grandma Irene's home on Redden Ave. Our prayers are with all the family now during this very difficult time and those many long difficult days to come down the road. 

Billy and Linda Hoffman

March 27, 2021 8:00 PM

John Godwin was a sweet and loving individual who loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and grandchildren so much. We spent many hours sitting on their back porch and enjoyed all his stories. One of our favorites was when he said that he learned how to be a good husband because he was the only boy with six sisters. We also shared moments of grief with them and they shared our times of grief. They were good neighbors. We know John is with God. We grieve for those who loved him and for our loss but we celebrate for our friend. So, it isn’t goodbye, Our Friend, but “see you later”  

Darlene Gullatte

March 27, 2021 11:00 AM

John was a wonderful man and enjoyed working with him at Ampex.  Always kind and respectful.  He would brighten your day whenever he came into the office.

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March 26, 2021 10:41 AM
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