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Blue Ridge Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV

OBITUARY

Gerald "Jerry" William Godfrey

July 13, 1945January 6, 2020

Gerald “Jerry” W. Godfrey of Shady Spring, WV, went to be with the Lord on January 6, 2020 in Beckley, WV at the age of 74.

Jerry was a very proud and loving grandfather that was always giving of his time and energy. He greatly loved playing his harmonica and was a lively piano player. Many knew him from his portrayal of General Alfred Beckley at the Wildwood House in Beckley, WV. He was a founding member of the John Beckley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and served as their Chapter Treasurer and Historian. He also found great joy in researching his family history. Jerry enjoyed taking people rappelling and white water rafting. He built floats for the church and other organizations over the past four decades. He was passionate about West Virginia and American History, often acting as a tour guide, showing others the beauty and wonders of West Virginia. He was often seen around the state at historical events wearing his top hat and overcoat. He was an active, dedicated and lifelong member of the Church of God and worshipped at the Family Worship Center.

Jerry was born on July 13, 1945 in Clarksburg, WV. He graduated from Liberty High School in Clarksburg, WV in 1963. He then studied business law at WVU Tech and began his career as a civil servant for the United States Postal Service - retiring as a Postmaster after 36 years of dedicated service. Over the years, Jerry welcomed many foreign exchange students and several children into the family home. He enjoyed teaching and sharing many wonderful experiences with them.

Jerry is survived by three children: Christopher B. Godfrey (Tanya) of Charles Town, WV, Shawn M. Godfrey (Shonna), of Red House, WV and Marcy S. Godfrey, of Shady Spring, WV. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Iva Godfrey Abramowski of Myrtle Beach, SC. Additionally, he is survived by his siblings: Joyce Beverlin, Lula Belle Maxwell and Zelphia Meadows, of Clarksburg, WV and Richard Godfrey, of Sardis, WV; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and extended family. Jerry will be fondly remembered by his four grandchildren Isaiah, Alyssa, Jeremiah and Dillon, who affectionately called him “Pappy”. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Archie A. and Mary A. Estep Godfrey of Clarksburg, WV, his infant brother Ronald Lee Godfrey of Clarksburg, WV, his brother Ronald Lynn Godfrey, of Clarksburg, WV, his brother Robert Godfrey of Raleigh, NC, and his sister Carolyn Sue Kittle Schultz of Harrisonburg, PA.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, January 18, 2020
  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 19, 2020

Memories

Gerald "Jerry" William Godfrey

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Joyce Beverlin

January 14, 2020

Jerry was one of my Brothers, He made everything so much fun, The games we played, going out to eat, and just him being there. I Love you and you will always be in my thoughts and I will cherish all the memories, we had together. Jerry has reached his (Final destination) Missing you! Joyce

Linda Haagensen

January 13, 2020

In 1986 I came to the Godfrey-family as an exchange-student and Jerry became my American father. He was so eager to show me the American way of living, the West Virginia nature and the church. I have so many great memories from that year, and I am grateful that we stayed in touch. I went back to visit multiple times and he got to meet my husband and children. Last time we met were in 2014. I will cherish the memories for the rest of my life. RIP. Love you, Jerry.

David Lake

January 11, 2020

Although I have not had contact with Jerry in many years, I have always considered him a valued friend. I knew Jerry and Iva from their foster parent years. Their home was always very welcoming and warm.

Jerry and I were genealogy buddies, and fellow harmonicians. He always encouraged my harmonica playing, and just for the record Jerry, I still play as elementary as I did back then

Fine Christian man, and a wonderful sense of humor. Loved his family. Our loss, heavens gain. Rest well my friend..

John Richards

January 10, 2020

Jerry was a dear friend, who I had known since I was a teenager. We made many happy memories over the years. The Richards family and the Godfrey family have always been close friends. I will miss you greatly, and hope to see you again one glorious day in Heaven. Rest in Eternal peace.

Virginia Godfrey Scholl

January 9, 2020

As a cousin, I spent a lot of time at the Godfrey residence in Adamston, while in nursing school at St. Mary's Hospital We spent a lot of time going to Church Of GOD. Gerry was one of my favorite of the family & we kept in touch. My prayers are with his children & their families & his siblings & their families & may he RIP FOREVER. Virginia Godfrey Scholl 1 Wingate Dr. # 105, Parkersburg, W.V 26105

Paul Sirianni

January 9, 2020

Jerry was one of the best Sunday School teachers I had at the Adamston Church of God. and he was always fun loving and happy.
we will miss him but we know he is in a better place with our Lord praising His name.

Charleen Estep Stout

January 9, 2020

My cousin was so loving, caring and full of fun.
I will miss going to the homestead . I knew it would be a wonderful time. I truly will miss this special man. RIP Jerry.
We love you, Aunt Velma, Charleen and Chuck

Evangelist Ken Godfrey

January 8, 2020

Jerry was always a gentleman and an excellent representative for our family and God. The world would be a lot better place with more Jerry's in it! RIP Cuz!

Sharon (Radcliff) See

January 8, 2020

Jerry and I graduated from Victory High School in 1963. Through our time at school we figured out that we had the same great great grandfather. We have talked over the years about our family tree. Jerry had the best personality. Always happy and the life of the party. God was always first in his life. It has been great knowing him.

Doris Jean Paluskt

January 8, 2020

Jerry was one of my cousins who was like a brother. When I was young I spent most summers at Aunt Mary and Uncle Arch’s home. It was always so much fun with Jerry and his brothers and sisters! He has always been kind and generous. Loved making us laugh and playing tricks on us! He will be greatly missed!!

FROM THE FAMILY