Thomas-Godwin, Jr.-Obituary

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Thomas Godwin, Jr.

Waller, Texas

Jun 22, 1940 – Mar 27, 2020 (Age 79)


June 22, 1940
March 27, 2020
Waller, Texas


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Canon Funeral Home - Waller Obituary

Thomas Godwin, age 79, of Waller, Texas passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 27, 2020. He was born on June 22, 1940 in Dublin, Georgia. He is preceded in death by parents Thomas Godwin, Sr. and Ollie Mackey Godwin. He is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Merilyn Cash Godwin; daughter Jennifer Godwin; sisters-in-law Vivian Cash Olsen and husband Arnie, and Judy Cash Kelly and husband Martin, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Thomas grew up in Dublin, Georgia, served in the United States Marine Corps Band for four years playing his trombone and moved to Nacogdoches, Texas in 1965. After becoming a professional photographer and marrying Merilyn, they moved to Waller in 1967. He worked in Public Relations at Prairie View A&M University as photographer for several years. After retirement, he enjoyed working as a greeter at Bass Pro Shops in Katy. He also enjoyed taking portraits, weddings, athletic pictures and landscapes in the community.

He was a loving husband and father and enjoyed spending time with family members, always taking his camera wherever he went. He loved to watch history documentaries, listen to classical music, enjoyed playing golf, taking pictures and fishing. He was a member of Second Baptist Church of Houston.

Memorials may be sent to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Arrangements are under the direction of Canon Funeral Home.

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Dear Merilyn and Jennifer,

My sincere condolences on the loss of your husband/father. Tommy was my cousin, and I only saw him a few times, as my parents moved from Georgia to Michigan before I was born.

I do have fond memories of seeing him when he lived in Dublin and my mom (Nellie) took us to visit my Grandma Mackey and Aunt Ollie.

Nellie Jo Mackey

Mrs. Godwin and Jennifer:

I was saddened to read of Mr. Godwin's passing. I have many fond memories of him taking pictures at all the games for WHS and seeing the joy he had for photography. He always had a smile on his face and a warm greeting to give. May your many memories bring you comfort during this time and the love of family and friends lift you up in your time of sorrow. God bless you both.

Merilyn, my sincere sympathy to you and yours! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Merilyn & Jennifer, Im so sorry to hear about Toms passing. I enjoyed working with him at PV for so many years and I considered him my friend & a true gentleman. You are in my prayers.

So, so sad to hear of Tom's passing. What a wonderfully sweet, gentle spirit. How many pictures did he take of our girls while in 4-H showing their animals, or cheering the Waller Bulldogs, or taking our family pictures or Mike's picture for the WCFA? Tons of them!! Always with that quaint chuckle of his. Merilyn, we will be praying for the loss of your special man in your life!---Sylvia and Mike Eden

Merilyn and Jennifer,

I am sorry to hear about uncle Tommys passing and will be praying for you.
I am going to miss him and the times we spent watching football, talking about sports, and fishing during the holidays. He was a great man and loved his family very much. I love you guys and he will be deeply missed.

My prayers go out to you and your family. May God bless you and give you peace and comfort during this time.

Merilyn and Jennifer, we are so sorry about Tom's passing. We loved him very much and certainly enjoyed his company.

Merilyn, so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and Jennifer.