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Godwin, Henry Ford

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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.

Please send the family condolences on this website.

8 Thoughts on Godwin, Henry Ford
    Robbie & Angie Ryan
    13 Oct 2022
    10:28am

    I remember writing you a letter as a child telling you how happy I was to have you as my Grandpa. The truth of those words as a child never changed. While I am deeply saddened of your passing I am extremely grateful for the home you provided for your family to grow up in. I cherish the memories of childhood growing up with my cousins in your home. Thank you for providing such a wonderful example of how family should be. Until we meet with you and Mamaw in Heaven~

    earnest & wanda pruitt
    13 Oct 2022
    10:28am

    GODWIN FAMILY – HENRY WAS A GOOD FRIEND AND CLIENT OF OURS. OVER THE YEARS HE BROUGHT HIS CAR FOR REPAIR. HE WOULD TAKE A WALK WHILE WE WERE WORKING ON HIS CAR AND THEN WE WOULD VISIT. HE WOULD TALK ABOUT HIS FAMILY AND A LITTLE ABOUT HIS HISTORY. WE KNEW HE LOVED HIS FAMILY BY THE WAY HE TALKED ABOUT ALL OF YOU. HE WOULD TALK ABOUT HIS BELOVED WIFE, TO, AFTER HER DEATH. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU.

    Marsha Aaron
    13 Oct 2022
    10:28am

    My thoughts & prayers are with the family at this time.

    Bobbie Worley Grimes Granddughter of Ethel Worley Godwin
    13 Oct 2022
    10:28am

    To the Godwin family, Sorry for your loss!!
    Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow, may peace which comes from memories of love shared; Comfort you all now and in the days ahead! ~Rest in peace Henry~

    Cheryl Worthington
    13 Oct 2022
    10:28am

    Uncle Henry and Aunt Judy,I cannot think of one without the other..We will all miss them both,we can take comfort knowing they are together again.Your niece,Cheryl

    Cheryl Worthington
    13 Oct 2022
    10:28am

    Uncle Henry,Aunt Judy,I cannot think of one without the other.At least we can all take comfort in knowing they are together again.Your niece,Cheryl

    Dan McDonald
    13 Oct 2022
    10:28am

    I can think of the words that would explain the sadness I feel for passing of Henry and Mrs Godwin. I work for Henry on and off for 30 years. Henry was like my second Dad. In the past 3 years Henry and I have talked About work And our visits to the VA hospital in Dallas. I’ll miss you Henry.

    Rebecca Garcia
    13 Oct 2022
    10:28am

    Many condolences to the Godwin Family. Mr Godwin was a great person. One of my best customers. He will truly be missed.

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Dear John,

It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Tha you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you.

Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad.

Love, The Gillilands

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