Stuart Godwin Jr., FBI special agent

Stuart Godwin Jr., a retired FBI special agent who was a longtime Chestertown resident, died Feb. 28 of cancer at Compass Regional Hospice in Centreville. He was 90.

The son of Stuart Godwin Sr., a newspaperman, and Kathryn Shults, Stuart Godwin Jr. was born in Washington and was raised there and in Annapolis.

He returned with his family to Washington, where he graduated in 1944 from Central High School. After leaving high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served with the 4th Marine Division in the Pacific.

Discharged in 1946, he entered Benjamin Franklin University in Washington, from which he earned an accounting degree.

In 1951, he married the former Agnes Keating "Connie" Conway, a newspaperwoman.

Mr. Godwin joined the FBI in 1955 and served as a special agent in Knoxville, Tenn., Miami and Anchorage, Alaska, where his wife was an editor at the Anchorage Times.

He was a senior agent in Anchorage at the time of his retirement from the FBI in 1980.

He and his wife decided to retire to Chestertown, where as a child Mr. Godwin had attended a theatrical production aboard a showboat docked at the town.

Mr. Godwin served on the Kent County Board of Zoning Appeals, as well as on the board of the United Way of Kent County and the Kent County Allocation Committee.

He was appointed acting chief of police in Chestertown twice, family members said.

A celebration-of-life gathering for Mr. Godwin and his wife, who died last year, will be held at 2 p.m. March 17 at the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road in Chestertown.

He is survived by a son, Mark Godwin of Des Moines, Iowa; a daughter, Mary-Stuart "Peekie" O'Connor, also of Des Moines; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He had two other sons: Christian "Chris" Godwin, a newspaper copy editor, died in 2009; and Gregory Godwin died as a child.

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