Frederick “Rick” Warren Godwin Jr.

Published 12:48 pm Monday, April 8, 2019

Frederick “Rick” Warren Godwin Jr., 51, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Jacksonville Fla. Rick is preceded in death by his father, Frederick Warren Godwin Sr. He is survived by the love of his life, Laura Claydon Harris and her son, Mason McCallum; mother, Kaye Turner Godwin; sister, Sherri Godwin Thompson and her husband, Ricky, and their son Zachary Cole Thompson. 

Rick was a 1985 graduate of Isle of Wight Academy, a Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School graduate and received a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from Old Dominion University. Rick worked with FEMA under A2K/Fluor as contractor support, providing public assistance for hurricane Irma victims in Florida. Prior to this contract, he worked under Dewberry as a contractor to FEMA, providing similar support to hurricane victims in the Ft. Lauderdale area. 

Rick was an outgoing, fun loving guy, who enjoyed life to the fullest. He enjoyed spending long weekends at the Outer Banks with his love, Laura, and their dog, Tank. Rick was also an avid golfer, and in his younger days, a great baseball and tennis player. He also loved attending ODU games. A visitation will be held, Thursday, April 11, 6-8 p.m. at Smithfield Baptist Church. A celebration of Rick’s life will be held Friday, April 12, 10 a.m. at Smithfield Baptist Church, 100 Wainwright Dr., Smithfield. Burial will follow in St. Luke’s Memorial Park and a reception following at Smithfield Baptist Church.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to a church or charity of your choice. Online condolences may be registered at

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