Reverend John Thomas Godfrey
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Eggers Funeral Home - Cliffside
4076 U.S HWY, 221-A
Cliffside, NC
Reverend John Thomas Godfrey

Ellenboro, Nc - Reverend John Thomas Godfrey, age 86, of Ellenboro, NC, went home to be with The Lord on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at Wendover Hospice House in Shelby, NC. He was the son to the late Charlie and Clara Harmon Godfrey and a native of Rutherford County. John was a salesman for Lutz Furniture in Shelby, NC before being called to preach. He pastored at Gray's Creek Baptist Church, Coopers Gap Baptist Church, State Line Baptist Church, Race Path Baptist Church and High Shoal Baptist Church, plus many interim positions. John was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, but most of all he was a good and faithful servant to The Lord. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother Charles Godfrey and two sisters; Virl Davis and Opal Johnson.

John is survived by his wife of sixty-six years, Helen Melton Godfrey, two daughters; Terry Smith (John) and Leslie Godfrey Clay (Jim), five grandchildren; Wesley Smith (Bonnie), Erik (Meredith), Madison Mace, Jay Clay (Lacey) and Chelsea Pike (Dylan), three great grandchildren; Avery Smith, Abigail Smith and Greyson Smith.

The family will receive friends from 6pm to 8pm on Friday, August 6, 2021 in the sanctuary of Race Path Baptist Church in Ellenboro, NC. The funeral Service will be at 2pm on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Race Path Baptist Church with Reverend Randall Cooper, Reverend Shane Adkins, Reverend Wesley Smith and Reverend Eugene Passmore officiating. Interment will be in the Race Path Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations be sent to Hospice of Cleveland County, NC or to Gideons International. The family also request that masks be worn for anyone attending the visitation or the funeral. Online condolences may be made to www.eggersfuneralhome.com. Eggers Funeral Home of Cliffside, NC is serving the family.



Published by Shelby Star from Aug. 4 to Aug. 5, 2021.
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Aug
6
Visitation
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
in the sanctuary of Race Path Baptist Church
Ellenboro, NC
Aug
7
Funeral service
2:00p.m.
Race Path Baptist Church
Ellenboro, NC
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Just learned of John's passing. So very saddened for Helen and the family; but, rejoicing that John is now at home in heaven. I've no doubt that God told John, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.
Pat Wood
Friend
August 15, 2021
I would like to say John Godfrey was one of the best Pastors I have had the privilege to listen to & attend his church in Coopers Gap several years ago..I loved this man & his wife Helen..God rest his soul in peace...I know everyone whose life he touched loved him as much as I did..Prayers for his family..
Linda Odel
Friend
August 9, 2021
John Thomas ,Charles, Opal, and Virl were special first cousins. I missed seeing them after my dad died. He was the one who kept us in touch.I am so glad I happened to see John and his wife in Shelby several months ago. I am so sorry to hear of his passing,
Sylvia Burns
Family
August 7, 2021
What an amazing man of God!!! Wonderful pastor. I know he’s shaking the hands of all those who have gone before him - that he led to the Lord, or helped them grow in Christ. He will be missed. Thankful to have known him. Helen, praying for you and all your family, that Gods Peace and Presence is there with you all. Til we see you again Pastor John!!!
Janet Thompson
Friend
August 7, 2021
So sorry to learn today of John’s passing. I remember many good times at his
House when we were kids. He was like an older brother playing in the woods
And creeks with Charles. I remember his mom and dad very fondly.
Sadly the last time I saw him was when he spoke at my mom’s funeral at
Cherokee Creek Baptist.
Blessings for his family and may he Rest In Peace.
Jon Godfrey.
First Cousin
Spartanburg
Jon Godfrey
Family
August 7, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time.
Barbara Whitesides Stewart
Friend
August 6, 2021
May God be with you in your time of loss. Leslie, you and your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers.
Vicki Powe
Coworker
August 6, 2021
Helen, you have always been special to me ever since you worked at Cliffside Elementary. Also, I will never forget Preacher Godfrey praying with the students and staff as we huddled in the basement during a tornado at our school a few years ago during Good News Club. I remember the singing we did that brought peace and comfort to the children and adults who were there. I know John has already heard,"Well done, thou good and faithful servant!" I love you and will be praying for you and your family.
Sheila Womack
August 5, 2021
Rest In Peace,Pastor John. Prayers for Comfort and Peace to the Family.
Junior & Jenell Greene
August 5, 2021
You and your family were such a blessing to me. As a child, i enjoyed your sermons. They were what helped lead me to God. I will always miss you.
John Willingham
Friend
August 5, 2021
John Godfrey influenced so many people as he walked through life with the Lord. We count ourselves fortunate to have known him and
Helen and their family. May we endeavor to serve our Lord as humbly and sincerely as this wonderful man of God. Thank you, Godfrey Family! You are loved.
Albert & Donna Petty
Friend
August 4, 2021
Helen, Ann and I have been praying for you during this time. Katlyn is due anytime with our second grand child, a little girl named Helen. She hasn’t been vaccinated so we are trying to stay away from crowds until the baby is born. We will come and visit with you later. We love you and will never forgot how good you and John were to us at Race Path.
Scott Haynes
Friend
August 4, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Tommy & Cindy Kimbrell
August 4, 2021
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