Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 for William Wayne Godwin who passed away Jan. 11, 2023 after a major stroke followed by a short illness. He was hospitalized for two weeks before returning home with the help of Hospice. His struggle ended early the next day.
He was known affectionately as Billy Wayne, Bill, W.G., Wild Bill, The Rev, but he was most proud to be called Umbi, which is what his grandchildren call him.
Born to Mary Dimple Aiken and John Franklin Godwin, Nov. 11, 1943 in Midland, Texas, he graduated from Lee High School in Midland and then attended the University of Toronto in Canada. He returned to Midland before graduating to join the U.S. Air Force from which he received a medical discharge after weaknesses were discovered in his knee, a result from high school football injuries.
Married Joyce Marie Montry Godwin in 1990 and they made their home in Van Alstyne, Texas.
Bill owned truck lines after starting on the ground floor with his dad. He also worked for thirty years with the Dallas Cowboys, and a short stint with the Seattle Seahawks. His last career was selling real estate all over the state of Texas. He was good at it and he loved it.
He was proud to serve on the advisory board for General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute & Museum in Hobart, OK. He also served proudly on the NFL Alumni Board in Sherman, TX for many years helping to raise funds for children’s charities in the area.
Bill Godwin was a patriot who loved his family above all else. He had a deep faith and loved and cared about people. He knew how to be a good friend and often made his mission to make anyone smile.
He is survived by his wife of the home, a son William Belew III “Trey” of Van Alstyne, a daughter Jamie Roubinek (Jeff Roubinek) of Melissa, TX, grandchildren Sydney Gordineer of the Virgin Islands, Liam Belew of Rockwall, TX, Hallie Roubinek of Melissa, Airman First Class Jack “Easton” Roubinek of Shreveport, LA, Langston Roubinek, Riverson Roubinek, Brantley Roubinek all of Melissa, and a great-grandson Braxton Gordineer of the Virgin Islands. Also, adopted grand-daughters Raigan Servati, Kerrigan Servati, Jaidan Servati, Kailan Servati all of Van Alstyne. He is also survived by his sister Marylyn Leonard (David) of Flower Mound, TX and a brother Johnnie Godwin (Phyllis) of Gallatin, TN as well as numerous nieces and nephews and a multitude of special and close friends.
Arrangements are under the direction of Scoggins Funeral Home,
Visitation Jan. 18, 2023 5 to 7 p.m.
637 W. Van Alstyne Parkway
Van Alstyne, TX.
Services Jan. 19, 2023 2:00 PM
First Baptist Church of Van Alstyne
121 E. Marshall St.,
Van Alstyne, TX.