GREENSBORO Stanley Benoy Godwin, 85, passed away on Saturday, July 28 at Moses Cone Hospital. He had lived a full life and he was aware of this as he began "the long goodbye".
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2012 at Forbis & Dick Funeral Home Chapel at 5926 W. Friendly Avenue.
He was born March 31, 1927 in Gastonia, but grew up in Four Oaks, NC. He attended Davidson College until being drafted in the Army. He served one year on occupation duty in Yokohama, Japan and completed his college degree on the GI Bill. When teaching in North Carolina, he met his future wife, Helen Miller. They were married June 20, 1952 in the Totem Club on Japonski Island, Sitka, Alaska. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Alaska National Guard for four years. Both were federal employees at Mt. Edgecumbe High School for native students in the Alaskan Territory. They returned to North Carolina in 1956 and continued working as high school teachers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Margie Benoy Godwin, his sister, Olivia Barbour, and son, Stanley Eugene Godwin. He is survived by his wife Helen Godwin; daughter Margie Godwin; grandson Coleman Godwin; numerous nieces and nephews and his beloved Bichon, LuLu.
After moving to Greensboro, he joined the First Moravian Church and participated in many activities there. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the First Moravian Church, 304 S. Elam Ave., Greensboro, NC 27403 or Greensboro Urban Ministry, 305 W. Lee Street, Greensboro, NC 27406.
Online condolences may be offered at www.forbisanddick.com