|David Godwin (#46806482)|
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I was raised in S/W Vermilion County, Illinois, and served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1966. After the military I worked sometime with Frasca Aviation (at that time located at the corner of Green and Neil Streets, Champaign). I retired from the Champaign Police Department in 1998, having served 30 years. My interest in local history, led to an interest in many of the biographies and obituaries I've collected for a book published on the local masonic lodge and city police department. These interests led to many treks through local and regional cemeteries. If you note any errors or changes needed in any of my entries, please feel free to email me at the address below. I will gladly answer any and all inquiries. I am interested in family names Godwin, Heubner, Reynolds and Buckles. Most were from south and west central Indiana. If you are a relative (within three generations)I will gladly transfer management of any of my entries.|
|Messages left for David Godwin (194)||[Leave Message]|
|Kathy Robinson||RE: Catherine Walden|
Thank you, David! I appreciate it!
|Bill Walrath||Augustus L. Brown 30573321|
This is a family member of mine. The name of his wife should be Manerva "Minnie" Jane Walrath instead of Winnie J. Wallace.
|Luv Big Red From IL||Godwin|
Are ya kin to the Godwin I have on my memorial page in Find A Grave... ? Check out and let me know... I will transfer them to ya...
Thank you for completing the transfers. Only one did not come over - James R Phillips, husband of Mary Corray Phillips. Would you transfer that one also, please.
Thanks so much! Mike Corray
I would like to request transfer of ownership of my relatives in Mount Olive Cemetery.
Mary Jane Bowers #30134620
William N Bowers #30134669
Austin I Corray #30134441
Mary E Phillips #30134783
James R Phillips #30134713
Joe R Phillips #30134902
Jacquiline C Phillips #30134854
Thank you for putting these memorials in findagrave, including those for Harmon and Elizabeth Corray that you recently transferred.
Thanks so much, Mike Corray #48079886
|Adana Thompson Adams||WCIA Channel 3 news story|
My husband recorded the story WCIA did about you and your cemetery habit. Great story and what a boost for find-a-grave. It was great to see you David and one of these days I hope our paths will cross in a cemetery so I can meet you. I'm including the story that was on illinoishomepage.net
On a cold and grey spring day, David Godwin works to bring life to thousands of resting souls in Woodlawn Cemetery.
"I think the joy of it is just walking through and you wonder what this person's life might have been like," says Godwin.
He walks through cemeteries taking pictures of every headstone.
Then, he uploads them to a website called findagrave.com and enters whatever information he has.
People use the website to find out information about their loved one's life or death.
"I think it's a service for anyone who is interested in genealogy," says Godwin.
When Dave takes pictures, he's very careful to make sure all the information turns out clear in those photos. That's how people find their loved ones on the website. But for him, this is about more than that, it's about the story behind all those names, and all the dates.
So far, Godwin has entered 8,000 names into findagrave.com.
"My wife says it's a compulsion. It's not my only hobby, believe me I don't spend all my time at cemeteries," says Godwin.
This can be a lonely past-time, but Godwin says it's one that's important to preserving family history.
"I think they're looking down thinking, 'Hey my relative is going to see and maybe find this stone and go a little bit further,'" Godwin says.
Godwin hopes someone does all of this for him, he says it's a good way to be remembered.
As he works to make sure others are remembered as well, he reminds us that cemeteries aren't just for mourning death, they can also be for capturing life.
Godwin is almost done getting pictures of the headstones at Woodlawn Cemetery and he's already finished with Mt. Olive.
But that's just what he's done locally, he says when he's on vacation, he pulls over and starts snapping photos whenever he sees a cemetery.
Thanks for all you do David!!
|Gayle Puente||RE: gibbons|
Thank you for your response.
|Jan Dishon||Albert and Ruth Shaw|
Thank you for the tombstone photo for Albert and Ruth Shaw.
|Fran Wallace||RE: transfer of ownership|
|Fran Wallace||transfer of ownership|
I would like to request transfer of ownership of my relative.
James V. Hannon #86323251
Thank you for making this memorial for my relative.
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