William Gilder Godsey
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William Gilder Godsey
  • June 18, 1944 - July 4, 2017
  • Simpsonville, South Carolina

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William "Bill" Gilder Godsey, Jr., from Greenville, SC, age 73, passed away at peace on July 4, 2017.

Bill is survived by his loving wife Carolyn Timms Godsey of Greenville, SC; his son William Kenneth Godsey and his partner Brian Young, of Atlanta, GA; his daughter Karen Godsey Quinn and her husband Jeffrey Michael Quinn, and two grandchildren, Kasey and Elleigh Quinn, of West Columbia, SC; and his brother Charles Donald Godsey and his sister-in-law Anne Patrick Godsey, of Greenwood, SC. He is preceded in death by his parents William (Bill) Gilder Godsey and Janette Smith Godsey, of Greenwood, SC.

Bill was born on June 18, 1944 and lived his childhood in Greenwood, SC where he participated in many sports, including tennis and basketball. He graduated from Greenwood High School and had fond memories of playing as the #2 seed on the tennis team while a student. He met his wife Carolyn at the local YMCA teaching tennis camp over the summer. He graduated from his beloved Clemson University in 1966 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and in 1971 with his Masters of Science from the College of Business. After graduation he entered the U.S. Army where he served as a lieutenant in the Army Signal Corp of Engineers in South Korea for 18 months. He married Carolyn in July of 1968. After briefly working in Columbia, SC with SCE&G, Bill and Carolyn moved Greenville, SC and in 1977 he accepted a position as an engineer at J.E. Sirrine & Co. He worked there as a talented engineer for more than 38 years. As the company transitioned in name to Jacobs Engineering over those many years, he designed complex electrical specialty systems for industrial clients, and retired in 2015 from his long career.

Bill was a great family man and a loving father, and a playful grandfather. He was deeply involved in First Baptist Greenville for the majority of his life, serving many years on their Sound and AV Committee. He was also a member of the Carson Sunday School Class. He enjoyed learning his entire life and was a devout reader. He also enjoyed watching all sports, particularly his Clemson Tigers, and spending time with his grandchildren who lovingly named him "Pop Pop" and appreciated his wonderful sense of humor. His family and friends will always remember him as a quiet, dignified man of strong character and a sense of duty, and he infused those values into those that worked and lived close to him through his life.

A funeral is scheduled for Saturday, July 8th at 1:00 pm at First Baptist Greenville, 847 Cleveland Street, Greenville, SC, and a visitation with family will follow immediately after the service in the Narthex.

The family would like to thank everyone for all their prayers and kind words to us during this time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the American Heart Association in his honor.