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Carolyn Godley Gedelman, 78, of Leander, Texas and wife of John Lester Gedelman, died Monday, January 4, 2021.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, she was a daughter of the late Nathan Carl Godley and the late Mabel Cregar Godley. Carolyn was a former personal secretary for Savannah City Court Judge Oliver, a Labor and Delivery nurse for 15 years, and for 26 years she was a financial planner. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a Director for Community Bio-Refineries, LLC. Carolyn loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of almost 51 years, John Lester Gedelman; one son, Jeff Gedelman; one daughter, Julie Gedelman Wilcutt and her husband, Criss Wilcutt; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Patricia Whitaker and her husband, William; one brother, the Reverend Nathan C. Godley and his wife, Patricia, and nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning, January 12, 2021, at the graveside, Bonaventure Cemetery, conducted by the Reverend Nathan C. Godley.

Remembrances: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9959.

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  1. Ava Moon says:

    Much love. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Bob & Ava Moon
    Layton Utah

  2. Mary A. Garvin says:

    I was so sorry to learn of Carolyn’s death. My love, thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time and I pray God will surround you with HIS tender loving arms and give you peace and comfort.

  3. John Murray says:


    I am sorry for your loss. You are always in my prayers.

  4. Sherese Ryan says:

    You are the most beautiful grandma and I will take all the traditions down to my family. Thank you for making the a true southern bell. I love you more than I can express. I’m so sorry

  5. Wendy Ciccodicola says:

    Know Carolyn will be so missed. Thinking of you all in thoughts and prayers. Love from an Epworth Church member – Wendy Hester Ciccodicola

  6. Teresa Tyler says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart is heavy. I enjoyed my time with Carolyn each year at the Sales Meetings. A true lady to helped so many people over the years at First Command.

  7. Mary Jane Yates Burkhalter says:

    To the Godly family. My heart felt sympathy goes out to you
    I remember well the years we spent together on 40th street.
    Wonderful memories to last a life time.
    May God bless you all and give you peace.

    Mary Jane Yates Burkhalter

  8. Pat Plemmons says:

    Carolyn was a huge part of our family at First Command. The energy and passion that she put into her career helping others towards their goals of becoming financially successful has impacted families across our great country. I pray for peace to those left behind and know there is much rejoicing with our Father. Pat Plemmons

  9. John & Vickie Grigsby says:

    We are heartbroken to learn of Carolyn’s passing.
    She was an exceptional colleague and friend.
    We send our love and prayers to you all and lifting you in prayer for comfort. She will be so missed.
    Much love,
    John and Vickie Grigsby
    San Antonio

  10. Deanna King says:

    I worked with Carolyn for many years when she was a financial advisor in Killeen. TX. She was an amazing woman. Powerful and confident! She will be missed!

  11. Larkin Braxton says:

    Very sorry to hear of Carolyn’s passing. She was a tremendous advisor who always took great pride in her service to her clients. She was an example to me as a young advisor and her approach to life was inspiring. After she retired, I always enjoyed her staying engaged with those of us she knew personally. Prayers for the family during this time.

  12. will & Barb Morris says:

    John, so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers to you and yours. Will & Barb Morris Helotes, TX

  13. Erica Brown says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of Carolyn’s passing. She was a wonderful lady. I enjoyed working with her & looked forward to each company gathering when I got a chance to catch up. She was a mentor, a role model, a cheer leader and a friend. I will miss her checking in on us & making sure we are well.

  14. John Cermak says:

    Carolyn and I started as financial advisors together in 1989. She was always a dear colleague who displayed kindness and professionalism in both work and in her off time. It was a pleasure and a privilege to know her.

  15. Tim Joseph says:

    Thank you John, Jeff, and Julie for sharing Carolyn with us. She enriched our lives and made the world better with her special touch.
    Be of good cheer.

  16. Kim Haile says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Though I never got to meet her in person, I always enjoyed our phone conversations over the years. She was a truly special person that I considered a friend. Kim Haile, Fort Worth TX.

  17. Tony and Jean Knapstein says:

    We are so very sorry to hear of Carolyn’s passing. She was always so special to us, a wonderful friend and a great mentor. So many words of wisdom came from her.
    She was truly a class act.
    We remember the story she told us when she was a rep at Ft Hood, TX , she would call the nurses on the 11-7 pm shift knowing that it was probably a quiet time to contact clients or potential clients.
    Our sympathies/ prayers to John and family. She will be missed.

  18. Samantha Hilliard says:

    When I learned of Carolyn’s passing, I was so sad and heart broken… but then I sat a reflected on our time together. Her passion for her work was amazing. Her smile was infectious and her pure joy when she talked about her family was wonderful. I enjoyed every hour we spent together working or chatting. It was truly an honor to know her and call her my friend. Hugs to John, Jeff and Julie. My heart aches for each of you.

  19. Janet Smith says:

    I was so sad to hear of Carolyn’s passing. I enjoyed getting to know her at First Command and loved seeing her at all of the advisor conferences. She was such a fine lady, always so kind. Prayers to your family.

  20. Chris Lee says:

    So sad to hear this news. Carolyn was such a sweet person and friend for so may years. My prayers for peace and comfort for the family..

  21. Sandy Wade says:

    I am heartbroken to hear of Carolyn’s passing. She was a mentor and dear friend. She was a pioneer for women in an industry dominated by men. She was fierce and classy. She was always there with words of encouragement for those of us that came after her. She was a beautiful light in this world and she will be dearly missed. Sending you all of our love and prayers during this most difficult time.

  22. Mike Harvin says:

    Carolyn had generational impact when she helped thousands of families achieve their financial goals. The happiness she created in those lives will live on as a tribute to her selfless dedication to helping others. And she was my friend.

  23. Pat & Sylvia Heaney says:

    We are sad to hear of Carolyn’s passing.
    God bless Carolyn, you and the family.
    In or prayers, Pat & Sylvia

  24. Eric Schuster says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, John. Carolyn was a mentor in the early years of my financial planning career and became a dear friend up to her retirement. I will always cherish the conversations I had with her and the time spent together during a lunch, dinner, or bus ride to some event at the annual advisor conferences. She helped so many people and inspired me to stick with this profession. Know this. She is at peace with the Lord. You and your beloved family are in our prayers. Love, Eric & Donna

  25. Rick Rein says:

    John-Just received the tragic news of Carolyn’s passing. During my time with her she was an inspiration to me and to the office in Austin. Her clients loved her and she loved them back. Carolyn will be sorely missed. She was truly a Great Lady. Sally and I are saddened. She is in our prayers.

  26. Sally N. Hunt says:

    As Carolyn was a Charter Member of the San Gabriel Chapter of the National Society Daughters of American Revolution, I quickly became acquainted with her through chapter meetings. She was an active participant at the meetings. Also, she graciously opened her home for meetings of the Chapter Book Club, where she shared her passion for reading. We will all miss her in the San Gabriel Chapter of NSDAR.
    Our deepest sympathy goes to the Gedelman family.

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