Louise James Godbold, 99, died in Greenwood, SC, on June 29, 2013. She is survived by a son, Stanly (Jeannie) of Starkville, a daughter Mary Lynn (Dan) Bills of North Augusta, SC; a daughter Doris Baker of Sumter, SC; and a brother Arthur (Esther) James of Sumter, SC. She leaves seven grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. One of ten children, she was born on October 21, 1913. She excelled in school, graduating valedictorian of her high school class, but she was unable to pursue higher education. Married for almost fifty years to Edward Stanly Godbold, Sr. (d. 1983), a preacher’s son, she was devoted to the family, the farm, the Methodist church, and caring for the “less fortunate.” During her long widowhood, she traveled, became an avid reader, developed an interest in politics, and tried to render service to others. She used her humble position in life to give us a better world.
Following a graveside service on July 5, her body will be interred in ancestral lands next to that of her late husband in Rose Hill Cemetery, Marion, SC.
Memorial gifts may be sent to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box Drawer 2585, Starkville, MS 39760-2585, or the Oktibbeha County Humane Society, 510 Industrial Park Road, Starkville, MS 39759.