Kenneth (Tye) Boyd Godwin peacefully passed away Saturday, May 15, 2021, in Amarillo, Texas, surrounded by his two daughters, Diana and Kenna. He was born on February 3, 1929, to T.C. and Velma Godwin in Vernon, Texas. He was 92 years old.
Tye always stated that the two most blessed days of his life were when a recruiter lied about his weight so he would be accepted into the United States Air Force in 1947 and when he met his “blue-eyed Nebraska farm girl”, Iris Townley, while stationed in Denver, Colorado. He and Iris were wed at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Denver on February 14, 1948. They were married for 67 years.
Tye was a veteran of WWII and the Korean War. Eighteen months of his seven years of service in the United States Air Force was spent in Okinawa as a mechanic. After leaving the air force in 1953, he and Iris settled in Tulia, Texas, to work with Tye’s brother in the auto parts business. Tye acquired the business in the early 60’s and transformed Tulia Auto Parts into one of the state’s most successful auto parts stores servicing not just the Texas Panhandle but New Mexico, Oklahoma and parts of Kansas.
A child of the Great Depression and thus a member of the Greatest Generation, Tye believed in hard work coupled with strong work ethics and accountability. While still living in Tulia, Tye was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, served on the Redman Foundation for several years and was an “anonymous” donor to many charities in Tulia. In 1986, he was recognized as Tulia’s “Man of the Year”. He served as a board member and chairman of the Automotive Wholesalers of Texas. After retirement, Tye and Iris moved to Amarillo.
Tye and Iris loved travel, especially in their RV. His infectious wit, humor and ability to tell jokes always made friendships easy. He loved photography and many family nights were spent looking at his pictures of their various trips. Tye was fiercely proud of his family.
Survivors include: Kenna DuBose of Amarillo; Diana Schwede and husband, Gary, of Lubbock; granddaughters Erika North of Fredericksburg, Texas; Amy Beicker and husband, Clint, of Fredericksburg, Texas; Haley Diatto and husband, Ben, of Aledo, Texas; and grandson Kenton DuBose and wife, Alishia, of Fort Worth. Tye and Iris were blessed with nine great-grandchildren: Tatum, Luke, Jack, Bliss, Bowen, Brooke, Hunter, Holland and Hayes.
Tye was preceded in death by his wife, Iris; his parents, his three brothers and his beloved sister.
The family suggests memorials be sent to: Crown of Texas Hospice Foundation, ATTN: BSA Hospice of the Southwest, #3 Care Circle, Amarillo, Texas 79124 or to Rose Hill Cemetery, P.O. Box 116, Tulia, Texas 79088.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 21, 2021, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Burial will follow at noon in Rose Hill Cemetery in Tulia, TX. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.