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Charles Godwin

Charles William "Big Dave" Godwin Jr.

Saturday, June 6th, 1931 - Monday, February 8th, 2021
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On Monday, February 8, 2021, our family circle was broken when God called one of his own, Charles William Godwin, Jr., home to be with him. He was born on June 6, 1931 to the late Charles Lee Godwin, Sr. and Ida Francis Godwin in Messongo, Virginia.

“Big Dave,” as he was called by family and friends, was educated in the public schools of Accomack County. At an early age, he left school to seek employment to provide for his family. He later joined the United States Army. “Big Dave” proudly served his country. He was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Jenkins Bridge, Virginia.

“Big Dave” was a dedicated truck driver for Evans Seafood for many years. He also shucked oysters at various places in Saxis, Chincoteague, and Crisfield.

“Dave” enjoyed nothing more than spending the day watching baseball and football on Sundays. His favorite teams were the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Redskins. He also took enjoyment in playing numbers, playing cards, and completing crossword puzzles.

In addition to his parents, “Dave” was preceded in death by his wife of forty years, Joan Francis Parker Godwin; one brother, Arris June Godwin; three sisters, Polly Godwin, Ruth Bailey, and Lillis Hughes; and a special companion, Edith Watson.

“Dave” leaves to cherish his fond memories: his daughters, June ( Robert, Sr.) Gordy of Temperanceville, VA and Charlene Parker of Salisbury, MD; sons, Michael (Regina) Bowen of Jenkins Bridge, VA, Kevin Parker of Temperanceville, VA, and Darren (April) Parker of Salisbury, MD; five grandchildren, Robert (Amanda) Gordy, Jr. of Dover, DE, Ronnie (Kelly) Parker of Baltimore, MD, Bryant (Whitney) Gordy of Chesapeake, VA, Arianna Parker of Salisbury, MD, and Maya Siggers of Salisbury, MD; seven great-grandchildren, Kristian, Raven, Raquel, Bryson, Justice, Anaya, and Serenity; three nephews, David Bowser, Rick Bailey, and Thomas Hughes; five nieces, Pamela Milbourne, Carmela Milbourne, Janelle Hughes-Bowmer, Patricia Bailey-Martin, and Stephanie Jordan; and a host of great-nephews, great-nieces, other relatives, and friends.
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  • Private Funeral Service

    Saturday, February 13th, 2021 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, February 13th, 2021 3:00pm
    Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc.
    24497 Mary N. Smith Rd.
    Accomac, VA 23301
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19 virus, we are making adjustments to adapt to the current health emergency. In order to reduce the spread of the virus in our community, we are limiting the public’s access to our facility. We will continue to serve our families with the utmost dignity, as well as maintain the safety guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
    We have received notification of the Governor’s Executive Order Sixth Amended Number Sixty-Seven (2020) and Order of Public Health Emergency Seven, which imposes the following restriction:
    Effective Midnight, Sunday, November 15, 2020, all public and private in person gatherings of 25 or more individuals are prohibited. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
    In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order, Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc. will comply and hold all services private until further notice. We will not have any public viewings. In an effort to accommodate family and friends, we are posting photos and the funeral/graveside service video of your loved ones on their respective Book of Memory pages on our website, www.cooperandhumbles.com. This will allow you to have a lasting memory picture and attend the service virtually. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time and as soon as this matter is resolved, we will resume our normal practices.
    Rev. Brenda Peterson
  • Interment

    Saturday, February 13th, 2021 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, February 13th, 2021 3:00pm
    Groton Community Cemetery
    Hickman Ln.
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Janelle Bowmer

Posted at 02:30pm
I have many fond memories of my uncle who I always affectionately called "Big Dave". He would occasionally come and visit his sister Lillis, my mom & family in Philadelphia. A man of very few words but you always knew when he was in the room. Being the last patriarch of the Godwin family, he'll be truly missed by many whose lives he touched. I 'm going to miss stopping by his house to see him whenever I visited. Take your rest "Big Dave", we loved you but God loved you best.

Love you,
Your niece Janelle

Arnold Ray, Barbara,Joy & Sandee

Posted at 07:17am
Big Dave was just like family to us. He will be missed.
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Posted at 02:06pm
Always in our hearts Granddad. We love you. Love Always, Javon, Amanda, Justice, Anaya and Serenity
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Darren Jermaine Parker

Posted at 12:03am
We love you and will miss you dearly.

Edward &Stephanie Jordan

Posted at 12:09pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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