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Minnie Elease Godwin: Clarendon

1939 – 2021

     Minnie Elease Godwin of the Beaverdam Community, Clarendon, died on Aug. 12, surrounded by her loving family, in Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, Whiteville. She was 81.

     Born Se[t/ 24, 1939 in Columbus County, she was the daughter of the late Cornelius Franklin Neal Powell and Gladys Mae “Pet” Ward Powell and the widow of Rev. Jackie Godwin.

     Mrs. Minnie was an active member of Beaverdam Original Free Will Baptist Church, where she faithfully served in many roles. Beside Preacher Jackie Godwin, Mrs. Minnie served as the Pastor’s wife for over 35 years. She also was a youth leader, an active member of the Woman’s Axillary both in the church and in the district where for many years she was the district Treasurer.

     As a dedicated mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, she knew what it meant to care for others. Mrs. Minnie was a natural caregiver to many in her family and outside of her family.

     She worked many years at Southeastern Community College in Whiteville. Her career at Southeastern started in 1964 as a secretary, advancing to become the registrar and retiring after more than 30 years.

     She is survived by her heart and son, William Neal Godwin and his wife Starr of Clarendon; and her grandson, Cody Godwin and Cody’s loving girlfriend, Alison Walker.

     In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her grandsons, the Godwin Triplets; and a sister, Evelyn Powell.

     Funeral services were planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, in Beaverdam Original Free Will Baptist Church, burial following in Hinson Cemetery.

     Mrs. Minnie will lie in state from 1:30 until the time of the service on Sunday, in the church.

     Family planned to receive friends following the committal service in the cemetery.

     Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, mask wearing and social distancing are encouraged.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to: Beaverdam Original Free Will Baptist Ramps and Rails Ministry, 2665 Beaverdam Rd., Chadbourn, NC 28431.

     A guest register is available here.