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 Lucile Ellerbe “Miss Ludy” Godbold

Lucile Ellerbe “Miss Ludy” Godbold

Birth
Marion, Marion County, South Carolina, USA
Death 5 Apr 1981 (aged 80)
Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Estill, Hampton County, South Carolina, USA
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The State newspaper
Columbia. South Carolina
Tuesday, April 7, 1981
Services Today for Miss Godbold
Services for Miss Lucile Ellerbe Godbold will be held at 11 a.m. today at College Place United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Harris Parker and the Rev. Charles G. Pfeiffer. Burial will be at 4:30 p.m. in Lawtonville Cemetery at Estill, conducted by the Rev. Bill Childs.
Ms. Godbold, 80, who won six Olympic medals in Paris in 1922, died Sunday at Forest Hills Nursing Center.
Born in Marion, she was the daughter of William Asa and Lucie Ellerbe Godbold.
She was a graduate of Winthrop College, where she broke three American records in track and field events and qualified to go to Mamaroneck, N. Y., for an event which would soon be tabbed the first modern Olympic Games.
The names of “Ms. Ludy” and her late sister, Miss Sarah Ellerbe Godbold, who died September 13, 1979, have been synonymous with youth and athletics for over a half-century.
Miss Godbold assumed the position as physical education professor at Columbia College in September 1922. In an interview in 1979, she said that she had enjoyed every minute of it. “I think I'm a better teacher every year I teach.”
She said she had taught every physical education course offered at Columbia College with the exception of dance and golf. She never missed a class in 53 years because of sickness.
Although she did not teach football, the college's annual powder puff football game was named the “Ludy Bowl” in her honor.
She was instrumental in getting a physical education major started in 1976. She considers her greatest honor to be the dedication of the physical education center at Columbia College, “Godbold Center" in her honor.
Among her other honors was the first woman elected to South Carolina's Athletic Hall of Fame, she was chosen for Who's Who in American Sports and she was included in the first edition of Who's Who of American women.
She once said that her philosophy of life was “You plan your best and then if you win or lose, it doesn't matter. We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.”
The family suggests that those who wish they make memorials to the Ludy Godbold Scholarship Fund at Columbia College.

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  • Created by: Ann
  • Added: 18 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43233834
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lucile Ellerbe “Miss Ludy” Godbold (31 May 1900–5 Apr 1981), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43233834, citing Lawtonville Cemetery, Estill, Hampton County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Ann (contributor 46833496) .