Smithfield Herald

June 2, 2014

Church salutes former principal

Unity Presbyterian Church in the Meadow community nominated David “Les” Godwin for the Outstanding Older Adult Award from the New Hope Presbytery.

Unity Presbyterian Church in the Meadow community nominated David “Les” Godwin for the Outstanding Older Adult Award from the New Hope Presbytery.

The award recognizes an adult 60 or older who exemplifies positive images of aging, not only personally but in the church and community. Also, it recognizes an older person who, by his or her example, serves as a role model to all generations for growing older with a sense of God’s grace.

Godwin has been a ruling elder for more than 30 years, and he is currently a member of the Session. Outside of church, Godwin is a longtime Ruritan club member and leader. In 2011, he received the Certificate of Appreciation for his meritorious and unselfish service to the Ruritans and was named a Downing Fellow.

Godwin is an avid collector old Western films and serial chapters, and he wrote the book “Films of Whip Wilson.” He was principal of Meadow School for 30 years.

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