MT High School Teacher dies at 28
Marked Tree residents, along with students at Marked Tree High School mourned this week for the loss of a beloved teacher, Brad Godwin. Godwin, 28, died Saturday in Memphis.
Godwin was born on Dec. 16, 1974 to his parents, J.T. and Sharon Wadley Godwin of Batesville. He served as an agriculture teacher at Marked Tree High School for seven years and was a member of the Future Farmers of America, the American Turkey Federation, the Batesville 4-H Club and the Harrison St. Church of Christ in Batesville.
School officials expressed sadness at the loss of Godwin, who served as FFA advisor at the school. Marked Tree Schools Supt. Gary Masters told the Tri-City Tribune Monday, "Godwin was well loved by the faculty and staff at Marked Tree High School. Godwin was also highly respected by his students and he will be missed." At its meeting Monday night, the Marked Tree Board of Education voted to approve a letter of appreciation for Godwin to his family for his years of dedicated service to the district. School officials announced Tuesday that school would be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday in order to allow faculty and students to attend the funeral.
Funeral services for Godwin were held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Harrison St. Church of Christ in Batesville, with Tom German and Adam Wilson officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery in Batesville. Serving as pallbearers for the funeral were Seth Higginbottom, Nathan Higginbottom, Danny Graham, John Freiert, Drew Sandage and Adam Wilson. Honorary pallbearers are Mitchell Burcham, Joye Hill, Paul Cummings, Robert Kendrick, Gary Masters, Clyde Bullard, Jr., Terri Clayton, Donnie Steel, Darrell Fulbright, Brenda Criswell, Robbie Cox and members of the Marked Tree FFA.
In addition to his parents, Godwin is survived by his sister, Deborah Bruce of Batesville; one niece, Beth Bruce and one nephew, Ty Bruce. Godwin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ray and Leonia Wadley and Jewell and Mirkley Godwin.