Michael Walter Godwin

March 20, 1980 - February 27, 2022
Michael Walter Godwin

Michael Walter Godwin, 41, of Wilmington, NC died Sunday, February 27, 2022, at Novant/New Hanover Regional Medical Center after a short illness.

Michael was born in Wilmington on March 20, 1980, to his parents Jay Godwin and Cathie Godwin Perry. He was a member of the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. He was a 1999 graduate of New Hanover High School and had an Associate’s degree in Computer Science. He was known to many as the pizza man from Incredible Pizza on South 17th, until being recruited by Sherriff Ed McMahon to join forces with the New Hanover County Sherriff’s department where he has spent the last 9 years. He loved music and was an accomplished guitarist with the band Silver Judas. He was also a member and educator for Shoshin Ryu Martial Arts with a first-degree black belt.

Preceding him in death are brothers Constantine Godwin, Ward Godwin, and his cousin Seth Hegler.

Survived by his wife Jamie, mother Cathie Perry and husband Norm, father Jay Godwin, brother Alex Godwin and wife Kristin, nephew Barrett, and brother Matthew Perry and wife Sarah, sister-in-law Charlie Godwin, two nephews Ian and Theron, sister Maite Wilfong and husband Rick, mother and father-in-law James and Sha Poletti, mother-in-law Emily Seeds, sister-in-laws Alexa Riley and husband Brendan and Genna Prange and husband Nick.

The family will see friends from 4:00-7:00 pm Thursday, March 3, 2022 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

Funeral services with full honors from the New Hanover County Sherriff’s department will be conducted at 10:00 am Friday, March 4, 2022, at Northside Church which is located at 2501 N. College Rd. Burial will be private.

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  • March 03, 2022
    Lane Meisky says:
    Mike was my daughter’s “adopted uncle” at her dojo. We are so heartbroken by this loss. Fly high Mike. We love you.

  • March 03, 2022
    Hank Walker says:
    To the family, my condolences to you all. Michael was one cool dude! Kind, soft spoken, caring, funny, and such a good man. Thanks for his service. Love & miss him. Keep jamming… Love Hank & Kathy Walker

  • March 02, 2022
    JUDITH L. DEFLUMERI says:
    SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MAY OUR HEAVENLY FATHER HOLD YOU CLOSE IN HIS COMFORT. YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.

  • March 03, 2022
    Chawana Moore-Johnson says:
    To the family, my condolences to you all. Michael will always be remembered for his cheerful and free spirit. He will always be missed. Till we meet again my friend..

  • March 03, 2022
    David MacAlpine Jr says:
    So sorry for your loss. My condolences to this beautiful family. This man was a true hero to this community. My father was the Late Captain David MacAlpine, who also passed away in the line of duty. I understand truly how much dedication and sacrifice these men give in serving their community. May the legacy of Detective Michael Godwin live on followed with the honor and recognition his name deserves.