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John E. Godwin
(January 15, 1932 - August 11, 2013)

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John E. Godwin

U.S. Veteran

John E. Godwin, 81, of 113 South Main Street, Burnsville, WV faded away after a long illness on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at home with his loving wife of 58 years and his family by his side. He was born on January 15, 1932, the son of the late John Thomas Godwin and Genevieve (Allen) Godwin. On March 19, 1955, he married Barbara Godwin. John has two sons, John Mark Godwin and wife Cynthia of Flatwoods, Andy Thomas Godwin and wife Lisa of Burnsville, and one daughter Carla Suzette Dettman and husband Scott of Burnsville. John also has five grandchildren Carrie, Joey, Whitney, Anthony John, Matthew, and two great-grandchildren Trenton and Rylee. In addition to his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, he leaves behind five brother-in-laws, seven sister-in-laws, numerous nieces, nephews, and two special friends Donna and Kenny Summers of Burnsville. John was a Methodist by faith. He was a graduate of Washington Irving High School with the class of 1950. He then graduated from Glenville State College. John served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1951-1953. He coached sports and taught in the Braxton County School System for 30 years. His three favorite sayings were “can’t never did anything until it tried”, “dress for success”, and “I did it my way”. Family was the most important thing in John’s life. John touched many lives through connections with his students and his athletes, or as they called him Mr. G. In 2007, the WV Coaches Association named him retired coach of the year. In 2011, the Burnsville School Gym was dedicated in his honor as the John E. Godwin Gymnasium. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, 225 Main Street, Flatwoods, WV from 6-9 p.m. On Thursday, August 15, 2013 graveside military rites will be held at 12:00 noon at the Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens. Interment will follow graveside military services. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to one of the following charities Burnsville Hospice Care, Burnsville Fire Department, or the Burnsville Public Library. Memories and words of comfort may be shared with the family at The Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be caring for the Godwin family.


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