by Laurie Roy on 21st-April-2014

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CHADBOURN — Roberta “Bert” Smith Godwin, 94, daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, aunt, sister-in-law and best friend, died Friday, April 18, 2014 at her residence.
Bert was born, April 28, 1919 in Columbus County, the beloved daughter of Cam and Lucinda Smith. Bert was preceded in death by her husband, Shedward Godwin; an infant son, William Allen Godwin; twin brother, Garland Smith;  four brothers, James Homer, Bill, Jack and Dick Smith; one step-brother, Willard Wright; and one sister, Jill Godwin.
Her funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday, April 21 at Beaverdam Original Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. Buddy Seay and James Howard Nobles officiating. Burial will be in Mercer Cemetery. Worthington Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Bert loved her family dearly and was loved in return. Being a devoted Christian, she lived a life that exemplified her strong faith in Jesus Christ. She was quiet in words and was always willing to help others. She was the oldest member of Beaverdam Original Freewill Baptist Church. She was a fifth generation grandmother. At her age she was so proud that she could make her children and friends homemade biscuits.
Cherished memories of Bert will always remain in the hearts of family and friends. Bert leaves behind a legacy of love and kindness.
Bert loved with all of her heart and her radiant smile brightened the life of everyone who knew her. She was a devoted mother and the joy of her life was her family and her flowers. Bert was filled with kindness, compassion, joy, and laughter. Bert welcomed everyone she met into her wide circle of extended family and friends. She was a gift to this world and loved by so many.
Bert is deeply missed by a devoted daughter, Hilda G. McPherson and her best buddy, her son-in-law, Ben, of Wilmington; one granddaughter, Wendy M. Strickland; one grandson, Bengie (Teresa) McPherson; three great-grandchildren, Nick (Kris) Strickland, Cody Lee McPherson and McKenzie Wells; two great-great-grandsons, Samuel and Ryan Strickland. Bert is lovingly remembered by her brother, Bud Smith of Newport News, Va.; and sister, Ann Gurganous of Jacksonville. She also leaves many special nephews, nieces and friends.

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