Jo Ann Smith Godwin

December 16, 1950 - September 7, 2023

12/16/1950 - 09/07/2023

Past Services

Thursday September 14, 2023
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Funeral Service
Thursday September 14, 2023
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Thursday September 14, 2023
11:45 am
Winton Baptist Church Cemetery
Winton, NC 27986

WINTON, NC – Jo Ann Smith Godwin, wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 7, 2023, at the age of 72.

She was born on December 16, 1950, in Winton, North Carolina to the late Joseph D. and Dollie Blowe Smith. Jo Ann led a fulfilling life dedicated to her family and various pursuits. She began her careers at General Electric and the Roanoke Chowan News Herald, and later enjoyed her role as a homemaker.  Her hard work and dedication were evident throughout her life.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Jo Ann had a deep passion for breeding dogs, particularly Shelties and German Shepherds. She found great joy in raising these animals and nurturing them with love and care. Additionally, Jo Ann had a keen interest in Day Lilies and took pleasure in cultivating and admiring their beauty.

Along with her parents, Jo Ann is predeceased by a niece, Amy Kinsey Rima.

Jo Ann is survived by her husband, Buddy, and her cherished daughter, Candice Megan Godwin of Winton. She leaves behind two adoring granddaughters, Ava Rayne Harris and Amira Ember Taylor. Jo Ann will be forever missed by her three sisters: Donna Hughes of Winton, Bonnie C. Scott (Robert) of De Funiak Springs, FL, and Lorrie S. Barnes (Tim) of Murfreesboro. Her nieces and nephews, Melanie Holloman Smith, Brittany Barnes Powell, and Thomas Benji Lynn III, mourn her loss deeply. Jo Ann’s extended family, including great nieces, great nephews, great-great nephews, and great-great nieces, Rhianna Rima Graves, Ashley Rima, Cody Rima, Cheyenne Smith, Carter Lynn, Hensleigh Powell, Arkham Lynn, James Graves, and Finn Graves, will always cherish the memories they shared together.

Services to honor Jo Ann’s life will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2023. Visitation will take place from 10:00 am to 10:45 am at Garrett Sykes Funeral Service in Ahoskie, NC. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 am at the same location. Burial will follow at Winton Baptist Church Cemetery

Jo Ann Smith Godwin will be remembered as a kind-hearted individual who enriched the lives of those around her. Her warmth, love, and dedication to her family will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. May she rest in eternal peace.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Godwin family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Libby Jones
7 months ago

I grew up with Jo Ann and Donna. When I moved back to Winton in 2012, we visited and she shared a daylily with me. In recent years, Margaret and I visited and Jo Ann had us dig up more daylilies and oriental lilies. They are beautiful reminders of her.

Deborah Bryant
7 months ago

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace and comfort for the family. Will always remember our talks and Jo Ann’s laughter.

Freddy Joyner
7 months ago

I remember Jo Ann from school growing up. Always a very sweet and kind person and always with a smile

Robert Hurdle
7 months ago

I am so sorry to learn Jo Ann has passed. She and I were friends from back in high school. I had been calling to check on her. The last time she didn’t answer or return my call. I used to pray with her over the phone. She confided with me of her situation.
Jo Ann was a sweet and kind lady who shared her love of plants with me. We had wonderful conversations about her day lilies.
I always wanted to visit her but she seemed not to get around it.
I will miss her.
Please know my prayers and thoughts are with you all.
God bless you.

Alberta Archer
7 months ago

Was so sorry to hear of the passing of Jo Ann. My prayers go out to the family

Victor styles
7 months ago

Sorry for loss prayers for the family

Vickie Callahan
7 months ago

Sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort to the family.

Gloria Vinson Lassiter
7 months ago

Grew up in Winton with Jo Ann and her sisters. Prayers for peace and comfort for the family.

Richard & Ethel Mae Knowles
7 months ago

Sorry for your loss. Jo Ann was a sweet and caring person. Prayers for the family.

Lillian Whitaker
7 months ago

Jo Ann was a great and giving lady. Loved talking and laughing with her. She’ll be greatly missed by all. Our condolences are extended to you and your family.

Rufus and Lillian Whitaker