Grace Elizabeth Hope Godwin was born October 18, 1929 to Sam and Inez Johnston Hope in the old Fairview community that was then a few miles south of Marshall. She was the youngest of three daughters, and attended South Marshall Elementary, the first member of her family to go to grade school in town instead of at the Fairview School. Like her sisters, Hazel and Leona, she graduated from Marshall High School, in 1947. She had a very full life growing up in Fairview, centering around family and church. Besides her immediate family she had seven uncles and aunts and their families nearby. She grew up in the Hope Chapel and Fairview Cumberland Presbyterian Churches.
After school she worked at Woolworth downtown, where she met Fred Godwin, who had come to Marshall from West Orange to play football at ETBC. They married on August 23, 1950, the same day he graduated from college. They lived in Big Sandy and Buna briefly, but lived in Marshall most of their married lives, and where he taught and coached for many years. They lived on Alice Hope Road (named for an aunt) on her father’s old farm, where the raised four sons: David, Mark, John, and Paul. Fred died suddenly in September 1986.
Grace worked for over twenty-five years for Southwestern Bell as a telephone operator. After retiring, she managed the Peanut Shack at Marshall Mall for several years.
She loved family, entertaining, and cooking, both at home and at church. She was a charter member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Marshall, where she served as a deacon, cook, volunteer, supporter of the nursing home ministry, and very active member. She was a long-time board member of the Fairview Cemetery Association, which manages the cemetery started on her grandparents’ land on Oakley Drive (named for an uncle) the 1880s.
Grace passed away at the age of almost 90 on the morning of August 19. She is survived by her sons and three daughters-in-law: David Godwin, Mark and Linda Godwin, John and Stacy Godwin, and Paul and Christy Godwin. She also had eight grandchildren: David K. Godwin, Suzanne Godwin, Stephen Godwin (who pre-deceased her), Matt Godwin, Ashley Wyatt, Morgan Godwin-Gent, Courtney Godwin, and Claire Godwin. She also had ten great grandchildren. In addition, she had many step grandchildren, and was very close to her many nieces and nephews.
Family visitation will be Friday at Meadowbrook Funeral Home from 6:00-7:00. Interment will be Saturday morning at Fairview Cemetery, with a family service lead there by nephew Glynn Beaty. Funeral services will be at 11:00 at Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Indian Springs Road, under the direction of pastor Rusty Rustenhaven. Pallbearers are Matt Godwin, David K. Godwin, Ashley Wyatt, Morgan Godwin-Gent, Courtney Godwin, and Paul Wyatt. Honorary pallbearers are Pete McCarty, Grace’s cousin and close friend their entire lives, Prentice Ware, Claire Godwin, and Sally Lane.
Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Fairview Cemetery Association.