Stanley “Sherwood” Godwin

May 1, 2012


Stanley ‘Sherwood’ Godwin, age 69, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. He was born January 23, 1943 in Ahoskie, NC to the late Stanley Wilbert Godwin and Margaret Williams Godwin. Sherwood was a great son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, farmer, and a successful business owner; but most of all a beloved friend.

Sherwood is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sandra Williford Godwin; sons, Stanley Sherwood Godwin, Jr., and Mark William Godwin and wife April; a daughter, Jeana Godwin Cowan and husband Brad; a brother, Wallace Dale Godwin and wife Julia; a sister, Geraldine Godwin Jones, widow of the the late Bobby S. Jones; and grandchildren, Stanley Sherwood Godwin III, Sherwood Gray Godwin, Slade Godwin Cowan and Kaitlyn Jean Godwin, all of Ahoskie. Also surviving are special friends Robert Price, and Alta Blowe & family.

Sherwood was established as a successful business owner in the Ahoskie area, by carrying on his mother and fathers legacy of owning and operating Godwin’s Country Meats with his wife Sandra. As a result of his giving spirit and generous contributions to the annual fundraisers, he was a recipient of the Paul Harris award given by the Ahoskie Rotary Club. He was also a member of the Suffolk Moose Lodge number 141.

Sherwood was a very compassionate man, who possessed an undying love for his family and friends. He was a giver who never turned down family, friends or a stranger that was in need. He will always be remembered for his large heart and kindred spirit that will never be forgotten.

The family will receive friends Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 7:00-8:30 PM at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home in Ahoskie. A celebration of life service will be conducted, Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 PM at the Garrett-Jones Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Greg Hurdle officiating. Burial will follow at the Godwin Family cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ahoskie Rotary Club, P. O. Box 1054, Ahoskie NC 27910.

Family and friends may send online condolences to

Notify of
7 Condolences
Inline Feedbacks
View all condolences
Joe and Linda St John
11 years ago

Dear Sandra and Family,

Sherwood was a GREAT person. He had so much kindness and caring inside of him for everyone he met. He LOVED his SANDRA and anybody could see that! They were definitely “soul mates.” They loved doing things together and traveling, when he was able to. Sandra was by his side at All times when he was sick, as well as in good times. They were two of the happiest people I have ever known. So very happy to be together! God bless you Sandra and your family. Sherwood will be missed and we shall always remember him.

Love, Linda and Joe St John

Claudia Morris
11 years ago

On behalf of the Ahoskie Rotary Club I want to express our deepest condolences for your loss. Sherwood Godwin epitomized the Rotary mission of “service above self” in his longstanding commitment to this community. He will be missed by all! Our hearts and prayers are with Sandra and his family.

Kimberly Moore
11 years ago

Sandra & Family,

Our hearts go out to you at this most difficult time. We extend our deepest sympathies to you. Sherwood will be greatly missed. He was a valued co-worker at the lodge and a friend to all that had the good fortune to know him. May God Bless and Keep Him. God Bless.

Suffolk Lodge #141

W.O.T.M. Chapter #1315

Adams Wholesale Company
11 years ago

Godwin’s Country Meats is a valued customer of Adams Wholesale Company and we will miss talking to Mr. Godwin. He was a good man and leaves a fine legacy to his family with his honest business practices and friendly manner. Our prayers are with the family and loved ones of Mr. Godwin.

Associates of Adams Wholesale Company and Fred’s Food Clubs.

Cathy Williams Patel
11 years ago

Sandra, Stan, Jeana and Mark,

What a GREAT man…what a legacy Sherwood leaves behind. Growing up, and even now, I always looked up to him with a quiet admiration, amazed at the love and care he had for his family and friends. I always loved when we were in Ahoskie and my daddy said “do you want to go with me to see Sherwood?” I have such fond, wonderful memories of those visits, and especially cherish the time spent with him and Sandra last month. Our hearts and prayers go out to you all…Wishing you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Love, Cathy, Jason, Katie and Alex Patel

george adams
11 years ago

will miss my friend,wish family well, toyota george,

Betty Draper Roebuck
11 years ago

I am so sorry to hear of Sherwood’s death. Sandra, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.