Gerald William Godfrey
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.
Friends are invited to share their memories of Jerry with his family during visitation at the Family Worship Center, located at 224 Pinewood Drive, Beckley, WV 25801 on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The funeral service will be held at the Family Worship Center on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm. Interment will follow at the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jerry's life and his reunion with the Lord. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Raleigh County Historical Society at P.O. Box 2, Beckley, WV 25802. Condolences can be sent to the Godfrey Family at 273 Canterbury Drive, Shady Spring, WV 25918.
Published on January 9, 2020


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Jan 18, 2020
Rest in peace my dear friend, we will miss you!
Calvin Hannah
Jan 18, 2020
As a fellow Compatriot of the Sons of the American Revolution, Jerry was one of the good guys, he will be missed by many. Condolences to the family.
Karen Best
Jan 15, 2020
Beautiful in Blue was purchased for the family of Gerald William Godfrey by Karen Best.  Send flowers
Bernard Weeks
Jan 14, 2020
My condolences to Jerrys family, we were fellow Postmasters and friends. I very much enjoyed his sense of humor and going to meetings together.
Linda Flowers Ferrell
Jan 11, 2020
I grew up in the Church of God in Adamston WVa till I was 16yrs old.Dint see Jerry for many years I was 16 when I moved but later in years We were at Ryans Resturant and I heard this voice and I said I know that voice sure enough it was . Jerry we were very glad to see each other then I dint see Jerry for a few yrs again then saw him again at our Church Reunion CD still the Same Jerry funny Godley helpful.I will miss him.But I'm glad hes with our Lord and Saviour.Rest in Peace Jerry.
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Cathy Godfrey Helms
Jan 11, 2020
Goodbye to a cousin who shared genealogy with me. I recently sent Jerry a notebook of pictures of his family at a reunion years ago. Jerry enjoyed seeing pictures of his parents and siblings and was so happy to receive it. I will miss all the emails we sent to each other. Rest in peace, Jerry. My email address:
Lori Bostic
Jan 10, 2020
The first time my family met Mr. Godfrey was at the Wildwood House. He was so nice that we could talk to him for hours. He is such a kind and caring man! My son loved him!❤️
Pastor Luke Hodges
Jan 10, 2020
Jerry Godfrey was the best of the best. He will deeply missed by Family Worship Center and all of Beckley, WV. Rest In Peace my friend
Phyllis Grimes
Jan 10, 2020
So sorry for your loss, he was a great man, Prayers for peace in your time of sorrow.
Aunt Velma, Chuck, Charleen and Dennie
Jan 10, 2020
Beautiful in Blue was purchased for the family of Gerald William Godfrey by Aunt Velma, Chuck, Charleen and Dennie.  Send flowers
Monica Rightenour
Jan 10, 2020
So sorry for your loss.