Melinda C. Godsey

January 3, 1954August 3, 2018
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Melinda Cameron Godsey, 64, passed away August 3, 2018, after a valiant battle with cancer. Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in god, and the love and prayers of family, friends and many supporters carried her through several courageous years. Yet, even throughout her own struggle with cancer, she reached out to others affected in different ways that included participating in genetic research and creating and donating an original painting to the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Melinda was born on January 3, 1954 in El Dorado, Arkansas, to Austin Van and Jamie Middleton Brantley. Melinda received a BFA in interior design from Louisiana Tech in Ruston, Louisiana. She had a distinguished career as an interior designer and was also a renowned artist. Melinda won many prestigious awards as a painter and left her artistic mark across the country, winning national awards from New York to San Diego. She influenced people of all ages by teaching and sharing her creative gift, which was her proudest accomplishment. Melinda has said “Painting is the freedom to communicate what I perceive through design and color.” She will be missed, but her art will forever speak for her.

In addition to her students, Melinda had a love of animals, including her many wolf dogs and horses. Melinda was an active member in Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church and served on various committees within the congregation.

She is preceded in death by her parents and dear cousin, Scott Lout. Survivors include her husband of 24 years, William Paul Godsey, of El Dorado; daughters Kelly Cameron of Hot Springs and Courtney Cassinelli of Little Rock; along with Mr. Godsey’s children, Chris Godsey (Meghan) of Bentonville, Jason Godsey (Jessica) of Fayetteville and Amber Nye (Rodney) of Rogers. She is also survived by her brother, David Brantley, of Jasper and her grandchildren who lovingly called her Nona: Jace (Jace-Man) Cameron; Cam (Cambo) and Cate (Missy Prissy) Cassinelli; Clay, Hayes and Pierce Godsey; Harper and Andrew Godsey; and Carter, Draper and Hunter Nye.

The family will receive friends to celebrate her life from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, August 9, 2018, at the South Arkansas Arts Center, 110 E. Fifth Street. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 10, 2018, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church with Father Charles Chapman and Father Robert Wetherington officiating. Cremation services entrusted to Young’s Funeral Directors.

Memorials may be made to UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, 4301 West Markham St., Little Rock, AR, 72205 or St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 512 Champagnolle Rd, El Dorado, AR 71730.

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  • Visitation Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, August 10, 2018

Melinda C. Godsey

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Mimi Stephens

August 10, 2018

Thanks be to God for the gift of Melinda!
Forever in my heart, she will continue to inspire me and bring smiles when I remember her.....a timeless friend, an incredible talent.

Terry & Betty Williams

August 9, 2018

Sorry for your loss our prayers are with you.


August 8, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss.

Kathy Gati

August 8, 2018

My granddaughter Gabrielle was always so happy when she was painting with Miss Melinda. Her patience and influence added so much to Gabrielle’s life. I hope they are happy painting together in heaven.

henry kinslow

August 7, 2018

Melinda was always filled with joy, even in her difficult last years. Rachel and the exchange students enjoyed the art classes at Melinda's house, and our dealings with her on remodeling homes and businesses were rewarding. Enjoy your eternal reward!

Tammy Carroll Miller

August 7, 2018

Melinda was an amazing person. Her energy and will to live was infectious. Her love of teaching and giving her special artistic talents will carry on in her art. I was looking at a piece she gave my husband and I on our wedding day in June 1992. I will always cherish it and think of her when I see it! Thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Alec Gatewood

August 7, 2018

I will never forget Mrs. Melinda. Every time we painted in her class she offered a glass of peach tea held in an Oaklawn glass. She never ceased to play Al Green’s classics, such as Let’s stay together and I’m still in love with you. I have the joy of having one of her astounding paintings hanging in my room. She was a wonderful person as well as teacher.

Monica Nash

August 7, 2018

Kelly and Courtney, I am so heartbroken over your loss. I am out of town this week and unable to be at the service but wanted to share my love and prayers. I will always look back on our childhood with the fondest memories. Swimming, playing in the playhouse, riding bikes, playing mermaid pond, exploring in the ditch, sleepovers, snacks, Halloween trick or treating and so much more. Your mom was amazing and she will forever be missed. I am praying for you all in the days to come.