Capt. Johnny Godbolt, 66, of Buckner passed away Friday, February 8, 2019 at UAMS in Little Rock.
He was born October 15, 1952 to Beatrice and Eddie B. Godbolt in Bradley.
He graduated in 1970 from Ellis High School in Stamps. He participated in basketball and track.After graduating high school, he attended Red River Vocational School in Hope. He was drafted a year later by the U.S. Army. He served our country for two years. When he returned home, he met the love of his life, Sherry Brown, in 1982. Deacon Godbolt worked at Deltic, Cherokee Carpet Mill, Georgia Pacific, and Falcon Products.
He later decided to use his military background and work for the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office where he was the captain of the County Detention Center for the past 20 years.
The marriage to Sherry lasted of 36 ½ years, and led to the birth of two sons, Jonathan and Cory Godbolt.
Deacon Godbolt loved the Lord and was faithful to his church family. He served on the deacon board for more than 30 years at New Hope Baptist Church in Falcon. He sang in the choir, was church treasurer, was an usher, and the superintendent of Sunday School.
Deacon Godbolt leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Sherry Godbolt of Buckner; sons, Jonathan Godbolt (Britney) of Rosston and Cory Godbolt (Erica) of Batesville, his parents, Eddie B. and Beatrice Godbolt; brothers, Ivory Godbolt Sr. (Shelia) of Buckner and Ricky Godbolt (Barbara) of Maryland; sister, Kathy Dixon (Ollie) of Rosston; one brother-in-law, Michael Brown (Gina) of Falcon; one sister-in-law, Sybil Brown of Falcon; two grandchildren, Jailyn A. Godbolt and Kyness J. Godbolt; five nieces, six nephews, eight great nieces and three great nephews; and a host of cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, coworkers, and church members that loved him dearly.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 16 at R.L. Reed Funeral Home Chapel in Magnolia. Burial will follow with military and police honors at New Hope Cemetery in Falcon under the direction of R.L. Reed Funeral Home LLC of Magnolia.
Visitation will be noon to 4:30 p.m. Friday, February 15 at the funeral home.