With a large family in Bulloch County after spending many summers in Brooklet, I transferred to Southeast Bulloch High School for my junior year (1963 - 1964)from a very large high school in Miami. I'll never forget when walking through the corridors between classes Mr. Godbee would say, "Good morning, Harry" or "Hello, Harry" always calling me by name; always leaving me with the impression he was really glad to see me. Coming from a huge, big city, high school to say I was surprised that he knew who I was and called me by name is an understatement! He was truly interested in others; a remarkable person! His lifetime of achievements will be remembered by all who knew him.
Our warmest sympathies to the family from two former students at Portal High School, Betty Gay Kirkendall and Faye Gay Mitchell.
With deepest condolences,
The Zimmerman Family
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Mr. Godbee was a fair and honest principal. He was stern but you could see the twinkle in his eye, as he stood in the halls of S.E.B. Quietly watching and listening to everything that was going on. He loving earned the name of The Hawk. You will always be lovingly remembered. I had my day in your office as I accounted for a fight. I explained why I had to fight back. I explained to you that sometimes you have to stand up for yourself when you are bullied. You shook your head yes. You smiled and told me to go back to class. From that day on you had my respect. It wasn't given with a stern talk or raising your voice. You simply acknowledged that indeed you do have to stand up for yourself at times. Go rest high on that mountain. Your work here is done.
Class of 1980.
I was so sorry to learn the passing of Mr.Godbee. It has been 40+ years after my graduation and Mr.Godbee crosses my mind at times.Not only do I have fond memories of Mr.Godbee as my principal I had called on him as my State Representive. Mr.Godbee was a fair,honest and honorable man. Mr. Godbee was one of two principals that made such an impact on my life. The other Mr. Jerry Brown(this is good company in my book).May the one true Living God watch over and comfort you the Godbee faimly at this time of Great Loss.My prayers are with you. In Christ name: S.E.B. Class of 1971
Johnny and Carole:
We knew Mr Godbee all our lives and you have our deepest sympathy.
John and Dixie Hagan
Kittie and family,
I just read about your father. I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Marcia & John Carter
John came into the Ga General Assembly a few years before I did. He was one of the nicest men I meet and served with for the next 10 years fr 1983-93 even though I was a Republican. I know John always had his constituents at heart. He'll be missed by those who knew him.
Tom Wilder Cobb County former Legislator.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Kittie & Family, I was sorry to hear about your loss. I remember you Dad very fondly when we played together as children. May our savior give you his peace in this most difficult time.
Heartfelt condolences to the Godbee and related families. Many good memories during his time as our principal at SEB
Tom & Kathy Hodges McElveen
SEB class of '63 & '64
The Honorable John Godbee's obituary reviews his many accomplishments and contributions to Georgia, and in particular, Southeast Georgia, in the many areas of public service, education, and community development. From the obituary, we can see his tireless efforts to help others and improve our region. What we may not fully understand from reading his accomplishments is being available to provide wise counsel to those in education, business, and government. John was always available to those of us who needed guidance and mentoring. Stepping back from the words of his numerous undertakings, we can pause and reflect on the fact that John impacted thousands of people through his good works and wise counsel.
His wonderful family will miss this leader who did so much for many. He shared his love of his family with us, and that is merely one of many admirable traits we recall about John. While he will be missed, six grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren were certainly touched by a “grand person.” What a mentor and model to have in one's life—John Godbee.
Gene & Becky Waters
So many of us were touched in some way by this dedicated man of integrity. He was always a pillar of strength for those who were blessed to know him as our Principal or teacher. Prayers going up for the family today and always. What a legacy for future generations to cling to. May God wrap His Arms around all of you today and comfort you with His Love and fill you with the strength needed for the coming days.
John was a friend, colleague and mentor. We missed him when he retired from the legislature and will miss him more now.
May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time
Mr. Godbee was very special to the SHS Class of 1953. He was our home room teacher in the ninth grade at SHS - the first male teacher most of us had ever had. Each of us felt we were very special to him and he taught us well. We loved having him attend our class reunions - which he always seemed to enjoy. We'll miss him very much. Our prayers are with his family. Jackie Mikell Yates for the SHS Class of 1953.
Mr. John Godbee was my teacher and a long time friend of my daddy and me. He was a good man.
Lynn & Melissa,
My heartfelt sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of your loss. I love all of you.
What a remarkable servant of God! Mr. Godbee served so professionally in so many walks of life. We were so blessed he served us as our SEB High School principal in the early 60's. Through dreams and memories of Mr. Godbee's goodnesses may we all strive to be such a servant of God's. May God grant family and friends much strength and comfort at this time.
So sad to hear of Mr. Godbee passing.
My prayers are with you, Kittie & David, as well as your child and grandchildren. One of the greatest men, god blessed us with at SEB. Heaven has another angel. Love you Kittie!!!
Betty Lou Jernigan, Johnson
Sending my love and prayers to your family. Love, Betty Jo Brannen Gay
Kittie and Extended Family,
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father.
We will keep you and your family in our Prayers through this time of grief.