Barbara Louise Pinney Godwin, 85, of Gulf Breeze, FL passed away peacefully, in her home, surrounded by family on March 27, 2023.
Barbara, known by all as ‘Bobbie’, was born in Pensacola, FL, February 1, 1938, to James Shirley Pinney and Annie Louise (Barnes).
She is preceded in death by her eldest daughter Deborah (Sidney) Snipes, her brother Jimmy, her sister Dorsey and her father James Pinney and Mother Louise Pinney (Hamp) Gandy.
Left to treasure her memory is her loving husband of almost 70 years, Roy Gene Godwin of Gulf Breeze, FL; sister, Bennie Jo Toth of Pensacola, FL; three daughters, Beverley (Larry) Garcia of El Paso, TX, Melissa (Ray) Eagley of Gulf Breeze, FL, and Dena (Danny) Hernandez of Washington, DC.
Adding to Bobbie’s legacy includes eight grandchildren: Andrea (Michael) Pecukaitis, Arnold, MD; Marla (Wade) White, El Paso, TX; Micheal (Kara) Garcia, Rio Rancho, NM, Ryan (Dorothy) Garcia, S. Jordan, UT, Gillian (Taylor) Moderow, Dayton, OH; Tanner Eagley , Palmer, AK, Maddie (Wyatt) Roop, Portland, OR, and Chase Hernandez, Washington, DC; and eight great grandchildren including Grayson Pecukaitis, Billy and Wyler White, Fiona and Jack Garcia, Penelope Moderow and Palmer and Waylon Eagley.
As a child Bobbie lived in Myrtle Grove, Pensacola and attended Myrtle Grove Elementary, Blount Junior High School and Pensacola High School.
During this time, she met the love of her life, our dad, Roy Gene Godwin. Roy lived in neighboring Brownsville. It was a love at first sight that lasted a lifetime. As a young married couple, Bobbie and Roy explored the world with the U.S. Air Force, making homes in such distant locations as London, England, Taichung, Taiwan and Madrid, Spain. Bobbie and Roy embraced different cultures and welcomed every new adventure, making friends across the world. During these early years, Bobbie revealed her tenacity and independence, bearing daughters abroad in England and Taiwan and traveling independently, with her children and cherished pets in-tow.
As a military spouse, Bobbie accomplished many things. She was active and held leadership positions in the women’s NCO club as well as the Shriner’s club of Taiwan, alongside Dad.
She bravely traveled, while lovingly sustaining a home with four daughters, during Dad’s military absences .
After living many years abroad, Bobbie settled with her family in Gulf Breeze, FL; thus, beginning a new chapter in her life. Her daughters married and began blessing the family with grandchildren. During this time, Bobbie enjoyed endless summer days gardening and caring for family and pets, hosting large family get-togethers and solidifying lifetime friendships. Mom welcomed dear friends from Spain, Laurie and Vance Crotts, who also settled on their idyllic cul-de-sac.
Many happy years went by, including retirement from the Air Force. During this time, Bobbie and Roy, gradually established a thriving real estate business in the newly emerging Tiger Point of Gulf Breeze. As always, Bobbie embraced her new role, this time in the real-estate world. She earned her real estate license and developed into a real estate agent, administrator, accountant, secretary, closing assistant and financial planner extraordinaire; thus, enriching her close and loving partnership with Roy. These times were bright and exciting. Bobbie and Roy made many new lifetime friends in Tiger Point. They traveled and entertained together with wonderful friends and family, while enjoying the unique Gulf Coast lifestyle. Bobbie was very dynamic embracing her new, invigorating roles while still preserving her core mission as Mother and homemaker.
As Bobbie and Roy neared their 50th Wedding anniversary, they evolved once again and settled in a unique home in Woodlawn Heights. Here, Bobbie came full circle by re-establishing her garden and pursuing her creative talents such as beautiful crochet works. Mom and Dad also vacationed throughout this time and frequently journeyed long distances in their RV, visiting with friends and family near and far.
Bobbie, first and foremost was a loving mother to her four daughters; nurturing, guiding, always an unwavering positive presence throughout their lives. She was an eternally devoted partner and adoring wife to the love of her life, Roy.
The family of Barbara Godwin would like to thank those who touched, enriched, and were part of her beautiful life.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at 11AM at Rose Lawn Funeral Home in Gulf Breeze. Interment will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery.