John Carrington Godby

John Carrington Godby, known as “J. C.” Godby, passed away Saturday morning, Sept. 1, 2018 at a Sodalis Memory Care Center in Waco. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, at Waco Memorial Park in Robinson with his son Craig Godby and Rev. Gaylan Turner officiating. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday at Clifton Funeral Home in Clifton.

Born in Caldwell, TX on Sept. 26, 1919, J. C. was the son of Enoch Paul and Mary Myrtle (Carrington) Godby. Caldwell was his home until he enlisted in the Army near the beginning of World War II. He served multiple tours of duty with the Corps of Engineers as a demolition expert, including time in Germany.

On March 24, 1950, he and Ruby Dansby were united in marriage in Caldwell. The couple eventually settled in Valley Mills and he was employed as a carpenter for both Baylor University and Waco Independent School District for a number of years.

J. C. was an avid hunter and fisherman in his spare time. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Valley Mills.

Preceding him in death were two brothers, a sister, and three grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Ruby Godby of Valley Mills; five children, Janis Carol Morgan of New Braunfels, Randall C. Bradshaw and wife Shirley of Speegleville, Craig Godby and wife Brenda of Valley Mills, Judy Wittmer and husband Jerry, of Valley Mills and Michael Godby and wife Shirley, of Speegleville; a brother Jerry Godby and wife Nell, of Clifton; 10 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Following the graveside service, all are welcome back to Hope Ministries Fellowship in Valley Mills for a meal and video celebrating J. C.’s life with family and friends.

Memorials may be made to Hope Ministries; 407 Avenue C; Valley Mills, TX 76689, to be used as directed by Mrs. Godby. Arrangements are under the direction of Clifton Funeral Home in Clifton.

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