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Wayne Rogers Godwin
  • February 28, 1955
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  • October 10, 2022

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Wayne Rogers Godwin of Sarasota, Florida was born February 28, 1955 and passed away unexpectedly on October 10, 2022, age 67. Wayne was married to the love of his life and business partner Sheryl for 33 years. He was the father of Christina Cox of Georgia and Tim Cox of North Carolina. Loving grandfather of Gabriel and Destinee Defriece and Jaren Bailey of Georgia. Wayne is also survived by his brother David (Jane) Godwin of North Carolina. He was the favorite uncle of many nieces and nephews. Wayne was the owner and operator of Godwin Associates for 35 years, making many lifelong friends and business associates in the process.
Wayne loved Florida with its sunshine, the outdoors and especially his and Sheryl’s pickleball group of friends. He enjoyed classic cars, deep sea fishing and walking their Maltese dogs. He was a kind and loving man, treating everyone he met with respect, always willing to lend a helping hand to others. By his wishes, Wayne’s legacy as a loving, giving, compassionate person will continue as he has donated his organs through LifeLink so that others can have the gift of good health.
Arrangements were entrusted to Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home. There will be a Celebration of Life to be announced at a later date.


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  1. Iker says:
    27 Oct 2022
    Our Deepest Condolences.
    We are praying for you and your family.
    Sorry so for your loss.
    Love
    Iker & Valor Chocolates team

  2. Olivia herring says:
    26 Oct 2022
    What a Loss! Wayne was such a kind, good hearted great person. will remember his sparkling eyes and big smile. He spread sunshine to everyone he contacted. Sheryl, thoughts and prayers to you and all loved ones as you process this tremendous loss.

  3. Bob Hamburg says:
    22 Oct 2022
    Sheryl, So sorry for your loss. As the oldest son of my mother's twin sister Wayne was my closest biological cousin. We spoke a few days after Sep 28th when Hurricane Ian hit . We hadn't seen each other in about three years since he visited me in Melbourne. He could always think of something positive to say about anyone.

  4. Mary Mitchell says:
    21 Oct 2022
    I met Wayne through jis cousin and Partner, Phil, and although i knew him for just a short time, he made a lasting impression. He was a good man. My heart and prayers go out to his family

  5. John Leipold lit a candle:
    18 Oct 2022
    Lit since October 18, 2022 at 10:09:37 AM

  6. Gloria Becher says:
    18 Oct 2022
    Wayne was an amazing business partner ...however an even better friend ! ....with a heart of gold !! ...always thinking about others ....always demonstrating his love & caring for family and friends ! I know he will be so missed within the industry and within all who were lucky enough to have crossed his path and blessed to call him friend! Gloria and I will always cherish our friendship & memories over these many years with Wayne and Sheryl. Please know our thoughts are with you and your family. Sending our Love and Condolences.
    Hans & Gloria Becher

  7. James Gilson says:
    17 Oct 2022
    I have known Wayne for thirty five years. Our business relationship evolved into a friendship that grew after I retired. In our hundreds of phone calls Wayne’s behavior was always consistent. He was upbeat, optimistic and always made you feel that you had his complete attention.
    He was a caring , thoughtful man. He treated everyone with respect and enjoyed the success of friends and their families.
    Wayne mentored younger people in the candy industry. He also showed a deep respect for older sales people and buyers who had retired years ago. Staying in touch with them and surely enriching their days.
    Wayne was one of the good guys. So full of life it is hard to grasp that he is gone. My wife Joan and I send our deepest condolences to Sheryl. This has had to be the hardest week of your life.
    We will think of Wayne often and are truly grateful we had him in our lives.

  8. Joe Sicilia says:
    17 Oct 2022
    I have worked alongside Wayne for over 10 years, and although our business dealings were limited, I grew to consider him to be a friend, and not just my broker. I have always described Wayne as a gentleman's gentleman, a calm, caring, conscientious family man, detail oriented, hard working, and hard to get his feathers rustled. His passing is still a shock to me, and he will not be forgotten. RIP, buddy, the world will miss you. You were one of the good guys.

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    17 Oct 2022
    Lit since October 17, 2022 at 10:17:54 AM

  10. Hans & Gloria lit a candle:
    16 Oct 2022
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    16 Oct 2022
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    16 Oct 2022
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  13. Tim Hammond says:
    16 Oct 2022
    Wayne's passing was very sad news to hear. He was a terrific guy that I enjoyed working with. My deepest condolences to his entire family for their loss.

  14. Joe and Jen says:
    15 Oct 2022
    Wayne will be forever in my heart! I loved learning and laughing from him every minute. A mentor of mine! A teacher of treating people the way you would want to be treated. He would give over and above and would never turn down an opportunity to help others. I will forever love him and miss him.

  15. Cyndi johnson says:
    14 Oct 2022
    Our Deepest Condolences. We are praying for you and your family Sheryl.
    Sorry so for your loss.
    Love Kenny and Cyndi Johnson, your Raleigh Family

  16. Bill & Glo says:
    14 Oct 2022
    Although we only moved to Florida last year, Wayne and Sheryl have been such bright lights in our neighborhood. They introduced Glo and me to pickleball, and all our dogs enjoyed walking in the ‘hood. Life can be so unpredictable. Wayne - we miss you!

    Bill & Glo

  17. Bill & Glo lit a candle:
    14 Oct 2022
    Lit since October 14, 2022 at 10:51:14 PM

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    14 Oct 2022
    Lit since October 14, 2022 at 10:50:52 PM

  19. michael griffith says:
    14 Oct 2022
    Wayne was one of the nicest people you could every meet always a smile. Loved working with Wayne always open to new ideas and fun ,professional regardless. Will really miss him and was proud to call him my friend.
    Sheryl,so sorry and our prayers are with you

  20. Justin Hornick says:
    14 Oct 2022
    This is so Shocking, and unbelievably heart breaking... I left a really good medical sales job in 98' to come down to Stonehedge Farms at the age of 25. I basically new nothing about Food sales. Wayne was one of the first brokers I signed on with. 25 Years... he taught me so much.
    always funny, professional, supportive. With us through all the highs and lows. Always the first one I would call to get his opinion on new items.
    always passionate about business, challenges, and growth. I always enjoyed meeting at shows with him and his buyers, dinners, talking about Business as well as family, current events, hobbies, and million other things.
    Wayne R.I.P, take care my brother.

    Sheryl and family.... my deepest condolences I am so sorry for your loss.

  21. Lesley Decru says:
    14 Oct 2022
    Wayne stood out as a person, always eager to share, listen, learn… simply the kind you love to connect with personally and professionally. I am deeply saddened by this terrible news. So unexpected and so unreal. Words are never enough to describe loss and silence may be the best next alternative to say the right things.

    He will be missed, but also remembered, even here in Belgium

    To Sheryl and family: love transcends time and space and can never be lost.

  22. Mindi Coday says:
    13 Oct 2022
    Wayne always handled meetings and life with a smile. I will miss his let's it done attitude even in challenging times. He will be missed by many.

  23. Sol Brachfeld says:
    13 Oct 2022
    Wayne was a true “Mentch” a person of whom I always looked up to. Wayne always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. Was respectful for every person.
    I enjoyed working with him and just spending time with him. Wayne will forever be in our hearts. His memory will forever be remembered.

  24. Lupe Verduzco says:
    13 Oct 2022
    This is very sad news, I had the luxury to meet wayne early in my career back in 2012, and we always found a way to keep workign together! RIP Wayne, you will be missed. May our good Lord guide you and give you comfort Sheryl, my dearest condolences to you and all your loved ones.

  25. Steve Ortale says:
    13 Oct 2022
    Will never forget Wayne's smiling face and continuous positive attitude. He was like a brother as we spent numerous sales calls, airplane rides, office meetings, dinners, phone calls and time in the candy sample room together.
    He was a great person and will never be forgotten. Going miss my friend!

  26. Sharon Heimiller says:
    13 Oct 2022
    Best friend and cousin -always with positive outlook, open heart and smiles. He always had time for others and enjoyed sharing and making memories, My heart goes out to his friends and family. He led a humble life that made all he knew feel loved

  27. Annie Slater lit a candle:
    12 Oct 2022
    Lit since October 12, 2022 at 10:22:13 PM

  28. Annie Slater says:
    12 Oct 2022
    We are all shocked and deeply saddened by Wayne's sudden passing. He and Sheryl have been long time customers here at Beckham's that became friends to us all years ago. He will be sadly missed by us all. Love, prayers and strength to Sheryl and family.

  29. Cindie Audia says:
    12 Oct 2022
    Wayne, Tony and I will miss you more than words can express. You have been a role model of kindness and compassion, as well as a heck of a lot of fun. When we talk about memories, there are so many! Fishing, talking about classic cars, learning to play pickleball, hiking, annual visits, New York City excursions, going to the beach, walking/hiking, and on and on. We had so many more adventures planned that we were looking forward to sharing with you and Sheryl. It is hard to wrap my head around you not being here with us, planning the next adventure. It is hard to not feel cheated that we didn't have more time, because this sure doesn't feel like it was enough. You have been an awesome brother-in-law, the best anyone could ever hope for, as well as a wonderful uncle to our children. The words "thank you" seem so insufficient, but it is all that we have.

  30. Phil Godwin says:
    12 Oct 2022
    My heart is broken! His kind disposition and smiling face will always be on my mind. Cousin, Partner, Best Man, Mentor, nearly a brother, travelled all over the country together, and so much more! Will miss Wayne so much! Truly “One the of the good ones”

  31. Robert Vitale says:
    12 Oct 2022
    RIP Wayne! You were a great brother-law for 33 years!

    May god watch over and protect your family!

    We will see each other again soon enough!

  32. Nancy and Ryan Carhart lit a candle:
    12 Oct 2022
    Lit since October 12, 2022 at 10:02:18 PM

  33. Suzanne Vitale says:
    12 Oct 2022
    Wayne was the kindest, generous and most thoughtful human being. My sister was never so happy as she was with him in her life. He will be terribly missed by my family and all whom ever met him. My heart is breaking for my sister and all whom loved him

  34. Marylou Henderson says:
    12 Oct 2022
    Wayne truly was a wonderful human being, I was blessed and fortunate to get to know him.
    I am so sorry and saddened to know of your loss Sheryl.

  35. Kate Pamplin lit a candle:
    12 Oct 2022
    Lit since October 12, 2022 at 10:30:44 PM

  36. Elaine Izzi says:
    12 Oct 2022
    A great man who will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

  37. Julie McLaren says:
    12 Oct 2022
    Hugs and prayers to Sheryl and family. Wayne will be truly missed. Wade and Julie McLaren

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