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Mr. James "Royce" Godfrey, Sr.
Retired Minister

WRENS, GA. - Dr. James Royce Godfrey, Sr., 76, loving husband of 57 years to Norma N. Godfrey, was received into his eternal home on Monday morning, March 28, 2011, from the Washington County Extended Care Facility in Sandersville GA. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 31, 2011, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Sandersville with Rev. Lee Lacey and Dr. Bill Harrell officiating. Interment followed in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery of Sandersville. Royce was born to the late Murial E. Killebrew Godfrey and the late Ralph Lonzo Godfrey in Eastman GA. He played basketball in high school and was an avid basketball fan, but he enjoyed other sports as well—baseball (Atlanta Braves) and football (Georgia Bulldogs). While proudly serving his country in the Air Force in Oklahoma during the Korean War, Royce met the love of his life, Norma, whom he married after his tour of duty. He received his Doctorate of Ministry and faithfully served the Lord in Kentucky and Georgia with his longest service (over 16 years) being at Fort Creek Baptist Church. He had a great intellect and loved to do research, especially Biblical research. He had a true love for people but especially found great pleasure in his grandkids. Royce fought a long, hard battle but is now enjoying the fruits of his labor. Royce's other survivors include his children, Debra G. Duggan (Billy), Joyce G. Hartley (Bill), James R. Godfrey, Jr. (Sheila), and Allison G. Williams; nine grandchildren, Christal Duggan, Jon Duggan, Neal Hartley, Josh Hartley, Matt Hartley, Audra Hartley, Alex Godfrey, Kellie Brooke Huffman, and Jamie Godfrey; three great grandchildren, Will Hartley, Anna Kate Hartley and Connor Mimbs; many cousins; and many Christian brothers and sisters. Pallbearers were Ben Huff, Kenneth Huff, Matt Huff, Bruce McGahee, Bobby Killebrew, Chuck Killebrew, Tim Killebrew and Steve Whatley. . To assist with expenses, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to James Funeral Home, PO Box 588, Wrens GA 30833.



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