MARCH 2019


GODWIN, Lt. Col Ira Smith 90, of Tucson, AZ, passed away peacefully at home on March 10, 2019. Ira was born January 2, 1929 at the family home in Long Cove, TX (near Lometa) to Enoch Godwin and Nollie Bell Hill. Ira graduated from Texas A&M in 1951 and joined the USAF the same year. He served as a pilot and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He then went on to become a family photographer for 20 years. He was always very active in his parish, St. Francis De Sales, and finally became the Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus at the age of 80. He provided many years of service to his church while mowing lawns, trimming trees, rebuilding gates, and collecting aluminum. He was also very active in his community where he lived for 45 years. He "adopted" his neighbors who had no family, took them food, weeded their yards, and kept them company. He raised money for his community center by tirelessly collecting aluminum cans and scrap for 15 years. Ira is preceded in death by his first wife, Kathleen Kelley Godwin, all eight of his siblings, as well as his stepson, Donald Smith, Jr. He is survived by his second wife, Ancelyn Smith Godwin; his daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Scott Adams; his daughter, Gretchen Godwin and son-in-law, Joe Ciofalo; his three stepsons, Kevin, Hunt and Chris Smith; his four grandchildren, Kellie Jo Ciofalo, Chad Adams, Andy Ciofalo and Chris Adams; his step-grandchildren, Donald Smith III and his sister, Alexis, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, loving neighbors, and friends.