ZELLWOOD, Fla. — J.R. Godbey, 90, died Oct. 11, 2021. He was born Oct. 25, 1930, in Wellington, Texas, to John Ray and Vivian (Gafford) Godbey, and grew up in nearby Rolla on a cotton farm. He never lost his love of farm life and his fascination with John Deere tractors.

He was a patriot who served in the Air Force as a jet engine mechanic in California, Ohio and Canada and served in-country during the Korean and Vietnam wars. His military service also took him to Japan, Thailand and England. In 1973, J.R. retired from the military and moved with his family to Florida, where he earned a bachelor’s degree from Rollins College in Winter Park. He previously attended West Texas State College, now West Texas A&M University, in Canyon, Texas.

He was a 50-year Mason, a longtime contributor to the Wounded Warrior Project, a benefactor life member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the Spark Plug Collectors of America. With his wife of 66 years, Gladys (Clark) Godbey, formerly of Belfast, who died July 26, 2021, J.R. enjoyed traveling to antique tractor shows around the country. He also loved fast cars, pickup trucks, cowboy hats and boots, guns and watching Westerns on TV.

J.R. is survived by daughters Terry Godbey and Betsy Moseley; son Timothy Godbey; and grandsons Christopher Moseley, Matthew Moseley and Tyler Glenn. In addition to his wife, J.R. was preceded in death by grandsons Frederick Moseley V and Andrew Moseley.

Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society is handling arrangements. The family plans a small, private celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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