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Johnny (John, Big John, Papa John) Chuck Godwin passed away Tuesday, November 28 after persevering through a long battle with cancer. John was born May 23,1944 in Watonga, Oklahoma to Chuck and Nancy (Rose) Godwin and welcomed with love by his older sister Karen. He graduated from Central State College with a BA in Management and minor in Psychology and Economics. It was at Central State that he met the love of his life, Judy Kay Driver. They were married on April 1, 1966. If you knew John well, you knew his sense of humor and that it was quite fitting that he and Judy married on April Fools Day. John and Judy were blessed with two children, Terri Kay and John William. John's love for his children was deep and evident through his pride in and support of them. He was also blessed with four beautiful granddaughters Crystal and Jennifer Hillman of Ohio and Julia and Hannah Godwin of Tulsa who he enjoyed spending time with whenever possible.
John loved life and lived to support his family and friends whenever possible. He was a loving and supportive son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was always there to provide a helping hand, support others and their dreams, share in the happy moments and support in the trying times.
John was an independent oil and gas producer and not only built a life as an oilman, but, helped many others get off the ground with their own businesses. In addition, John was passionate about volunteering and served in many organizations in his community. John was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Tulsa, Muskogee Bedouin Shrine, Okmulgee Elks and the local Masonic Lodge. He shared his passion of the Bedouin Shrine with Judy in an effort to support Shriners Hospitals for Children. His volunteer work took him coast-to-coast attending events, special fundraisers and supporting causes close to his heart.
He was blessed to reconnect during the last years of his life and share a love with Harolene, who was his childhood friend in Watonga.
John was one of the strongest and most courageous men to walk this earth. He survived an oilfield fire that burned more than 40% of his body, broken bones, a four-year battle with cancer and several months battling until the end. No matter the diagnosis, you would often hear doctors, nurses or family members say "...but he's John Godwin. You don't know him." suggesting that he was not on the "normal" path others could expect. He was going to set the expectations and then exceed them.
John was preceded in death by his parents Chuck and Rose Godwin and his wife Judy Kay (Driver) Godwin. John is survived by his loving children; daughter Terri Kay Yater of Okmulgee, son John William and wife Stephanie and grandchildren Julia and Hannah Rose Godwin of Tulsa; granddaughters Crystal and Jennifer Hillman of Ohio; sister Karen Bringham and husband David of Weatherford and sister-in-law Linda Pat Colgan and husband Jim of Tulsa and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his extended family with Leroy Godwin including Wayne and Kim Richards and their children Logan and Regan; John David and Jennifer Richards and daughter Rainey; and Rhonda Richards and daughter Casey.
John was an optimistic fighter who kept his hopeful attitude and sense of humor through it all. For those fortunate enough to spend any time with him, he was an inspiration for how to live life even in his final months and days.
Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 4, at First United Methodist Church, Okmulgee. Interment will follow immediately at Okmulgee Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Bedouin Shrine Transportation Fund at P. O. Box 1667 Muskogee, Oklahoma 74402 or the Elks Major Projects at 701 S Mission Lane, Okmulgee, Oklahoma 74447.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.
Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on John's Tribute Page of our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com
Published on November 30, 2017
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