John Godby

July 11, 1945 ~ July 27, 2021 (age 76)


John Godby, 76, of Yorktown, passed away Tuesday July 27, 2021. He was born July 11, 1945 in Houston, TX to the late John and Saletha Blair Godby. At age 12, John accepted Christ in 1957 at Magnolia Park Baptist Church in Houston. He served in the Army from 1962 to 1968, in the 3rd Armored Division in Europe, the 33rd armored regiment and the 32nd armored regiment.

He is survived by his children: Shane (Evelin) Godby, Tiffany (Stan) Taylor, Elizabeth (Tyson) Higgins, step-children: Chana (TK) Hanke, and Charlyn (Jimmy) Speed, grandchildren Shalin Godby, Jennifer Bolting, Amanda Hillyard, Christopher Bolting, Savanna Dupre, Pierson Higgins, Bryson Higgins, Tim Hanke, Jeremy Hanke, Zach Hanke, Adam Veal, Ryan Speed, Josh Speed, Samuel Speed and 4 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Kenneth Godby, sister Cathy Wilder, and several nieces and nephews.

John is preceded in death by his wife, Joyce, parents, and step-son Michael Veal.

Pallbearers will be Deacons of First Baptist Church of Yorktown: Chance Crow, Bobby Hranicky, Greg Cartwright, Mark Black, Ben Hahn, and Rik Scott, honorary pallbearers are Rick Mallahan, Jordan Landgrebe, Walter Gohmert, Chris Romans, Mike Afflerbach, and Larry Noel. 

Visitation will be 5-7 pm Friday, August 6, 2021 at Massey Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be 10 am Saturday August 7, 2021 at Massey Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Westside Cemetery.   Reverend Mark Collins will officiate. Reception will be held at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Memorials can be given to First Baptist Church. 

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Arrangements made by Massey Funeral Home Yorktown, Texas, 361-564-2900.


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August 6, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Massey Funeral Home
779 N Riedel St
Yorktown, TX 78164

Funeral Service
August 7, 2021

10:00 AM
Massey Funeral Home
779 N Riedel St
Yorktown, Texas 78164

August 7, 2021

11:00 AM
Westside Cemetery
Westside Cemetery Rd
Yorktown, TX 78164

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