John F Godbee Sr.

July 10, 1926February 27, 2014
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Mr. John Francis Godbee, Sr. Retired Educator, Legislator; Veteran

Mr. John Francis Godbee, Sr., age 87, died February 27, 2014 under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice. Mr. Godbee was the son of the late Elizabeth Herrington Godbee and Harry Evans Godbee, Sr. of Sardis, Georgia.

Mr. Godbee was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Laura Margaret Brady Godbee. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Harry Evans Godbee, Jr., and James Thomas Godbee, and two brothers-in-law, Roy Rabun and Remer L. Brady. Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, John F. Godbee, Jr. and Carole of Brooklet, Ga., two daughters and a son-in-law, Lynn Morlock of Atlanta and Kittie and David Prosser of Statesboro. He is survived by 6 grandchildren and their spouses, Wesley and Amy Godbee of Brooklet, Holly and Josh Greeson of Brooklet, Chad and Jennifer Prosser of Statesboro, Drew and Andrea Prosser of Cincinnati, OH, Melissa and Brent Ziarnick of Phoenix, AZ, and Lauren and Rudy Cortjens of Atlanta. He is also survived by his sister, Sara Elizabeth Rabun of Charlotte, NC and sisters-in-law, Virginia Godbee of Sardis, GA, and Nell Brady of Savannah, GA, as well as 12 great grandchildren.

Mr. Godbee received his B.S. Degree in Education from Georgia Teachers College, his M.A. Degree from Peabody College and his Education Specialist Degree from Georgia Southern College. He was a member of the Statesboro First United Methodist Church and the Dan Williams Sunday School Class. He was a member and past president of the Statesboro Rotary Club, Snooky’s Coffee Club, and Brooklet Coffee Club. He was past president of the Brooklet Kiwanis Club and a former Mayor of Brooklet.

Mr. Godbee taught school in Statesboro and Portal and was Principal of Southeast Bulloch High School for 16 years. He retired from the field of Education after 30 years. After retirement from education, he was associated with the Woodman of the World Insurance Co. for 15 years. He was a member of the State House of Representatives for 16 years, serving Bulloch, Jenkins, Screven and Candler Counties. He served as Vice-Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee for four years and Chairman of the House Education Committee for four years. Despite his hectic schedule of committee service, he found time to be a model husband, father and grandfather, while remaining active in church, civic and community affairs. He retired from the State House of Representatives in January of 1997. In 1998, The State Transportation Board recognized him for his dedication and service to the people of his state and region. It was resolved that the segment of State Route 24 extending from the Statesboro City Limits to the Ogeechee River in Bulloch County be designated the John F. Godbee Highway.

Mr. Godbee was instrumental in bringing University status to Georgia Southern and was chosen as the Alumnus of the Year in 1986. In 1996, Ogeechee Technical Institute recognized and honored him for his hard work and productive dedication on behalf of the school. In 2001, he received the Dean Day Smith Life Time Achievement Award. Mr. Godbee lived a life of service to others and will be remembered for his dedication to his family, his community and his state. He was well known for his honesty and integrity and for the fair manner in which he treated all those with whom he came into contact.

Visitation: 1:30 to 3:00 PM Sunday, March 3, 2014 in Statesboro First United Methodist Church-Fellowship Hall.

Funeral Services: 3:30 PM Sunday, March 3, in Statesboro First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Jimmy Cason officiating.

Burial will follow at the Bulloch Memorial Gardens.

Pall Bearers will be grandsons Wesley Godbee, Josh Greeson, Chad Prosser, Drew Prosser, Rudy Cortjens and Brent Ziarnick. Also serving as pall bearers will be Frank Rozier, Bob Lane and Autrey Moore.

Honorary Pall Bearers will be Fred Shaver, Ed Wynn, Warren Mallard, members of the Brooklet Coffee Club and the Saturday Night Supper Club. Also serving will be Staff and residents of Willow Pond Assisted Living, members of the Dan Williams Sunday School Class and Snooky’s Coffee Club.

The family is especially appreciative of the loving care and compassionate assistance he received from the care givers at Willow Pond Assisted Living and Ogeechee Area Hospice.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Statesboro First United Methodist Church, The Ogeechee Area Hospice, or the memorial fund of the donor’s choice.

Please visit our online memorial at to sign our online guestbook and share fond memories with the Godbee family.

Hodges Moore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • Funeral Service Sunday, March 2, 2014
  • Visitation Sunday, March 2, 2014

John F Godbee Sr.

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Harry Ludwig

March 22, 2014

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.

March 13, 2014

Our warmest sympathies to the family from two former students at Portal High School, Betty Gay Kirkendall and Faye Gay Mitchell.

March 10, 2014

With deepest condolences,
The Zimmerman Family

Kathy Strickland Lane

March 7, 2014

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.

Johnny Morris

March 6, 2014

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

March 5, 2014

Johnny and Carole:
We knew Mr Godbee all our lives and you have our deepest sympathy.
John and Dixie Hagan

Marcia Carter

March 4, 2014

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

March 3, 2014

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.


March 3, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Hal " Cole " Waters, Jr.

March 3, 2014

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.