Thomas Alonza “Tommy” Godwin, of Walterboro, husband of Carol Bennett
Godwin, died Monday morning at Colleton Medical Center in Walterboro. He
was 75. Mr. Godwin was born September 29, 1934 in Fairfax, SC a son of
the late Ernest A. Godwin and Marguerite Gohagan Godwin. He was a 1952
graduate of Walterboro High School and a 1956 graduate of The Citadel,
where he received a BA Degree in Civil Engineering. After graduation, he
served his country in the United States Army, where he was stationed at
both Fort Bliss and Fort Hood, and achieved the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
After his service in the military, he devoted a great deal of time to
the Civil Service in Colleton County. Tommy loved competitive skeet
shooting. Throughout the 1960’s and the 1970’s he won various medals,
and placed several times, in the World Skeet Championships in the 20 Ga.
division, and was the South Carolina State Champion in the 12 Ga.
division. He was very active in the life of his community. Tommy was a
former little league coach, a Greenwing Instructor for Ducks Unlimited,
and was a tennis coach for John C. Calhoun Academy. He was a very
successful and well-known tennis coach for the women’s 2.5 and 3.0 adult
league in Walterboro for many years, having coached the ladies to
numerous undefeated seasons. Mr. Godwin was the former co-owner and
operator of Godwin Building Supply in Walterboro. He was a member of the
Tri-River Bass Club, the Walterboro Lions Club, where he was a former
president, and the Walterboro Elks Lodge #1988, where he was a past
Exalted Ruler. He was an active member of the Bethel United Methodist
Church in Walterboro, where he was a member, and treasurer, of the Will
Goodwin Sunday School Class. Surviving, in addition to his wife of 51
years are one daughter, Gina G. Reardon, and her husband Robert Lewis
Reardon, of Tega Cay, SC. There is one brother, Robert Godwin, and his
wife Boodie, of Edisto Beach. Tommy also leaves behind a number of
nieces and nephews and his beloved companion, a Hugarian Vizla, named
Cedar. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday at Bethel
United Methodist Church with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. The
family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Tuesday evening at Parker-Rhoden
Funeral Home. Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to
Bethel United Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society .
Online condolences may be left at www.parkerrhodenfuneralhome.com.
PARKER-RHODEN FUNERAL HOME, 117 PAUL STREET, WALTERBORO, is in charge of arrangements. Visit our guestbook at www.postandcourier.com/deaths.
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