Reverend Gene A Godfrey Obituary
Reverend Gene A. Godfrey transitioned from his earthly life to his eternal resting place to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Altamonte Springs, Florida.
Gene was born and raised in Junction City, Arkansas. He was the firstborn of nine children to Alice Steward Martin and Fred Godfrey. Gene accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Junction City, Arkansas.
Gene was united in holy matrimony to Carolyn Parker on January 25, 1984, in Pensacola, Florida.
Gene joined the Military and served his country in the U.S. Navy for 22 years. Gene loved to travel, and his military career allowed him to travel the world. During his tenure in the U.S. Navy, he received numerous honors, ribbons, and awards. After retiring from the military, he accepted employment with the U.S. Postal Service, where he retired after working there for 23 years. During his employment with the Postal Service, he was employed by Valencia Community College Tutorial Department.
Gene attended secondary school in Junction City, Arkansas, and High School in El Dorado, Arkansas. He received a Bachelor of Political Science degree from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and a Bachelor of Theology degree from Faith Christian University. He was an advocate for education and learning. Gene had a great desire for youth to excel in education throughout the years. He tutored countless students in his home on Saturdays and at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church. His favorite quote for his students was to “Stay Focused” and “Reach back and help someone on their journey in life.”
Gene joined the Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church of Orlando, Florida, in 1984, where he served in various ministries; Minister – licensed October 13, 2013, Deacon, Trustee, Sunday School Teacher, Male Chorus, Culinary, Brotherhood, Juvenile Mentoring Program, and No Longer Bound.
Gene’s hobbies were reading, fishing, traveling, and photography. He loved to have cookouts and entertain family and friends in his home.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents – Alice Steward Martin and Fred Godfrey; brother – Paul Steward.
Reverend Gene A. Godfrey leaves to cherish his memories: a loving and devoted wife – Carolyn Parker Godfrey; son – Stephone J. Godfrey, Sanford, Florida, daughter – Lawana Watkins (Larry), Orlando, Florida; brother – Lavelle Martin (Denise), Lebanon, Illinois; five sisters – Winifred Tubbs, Robertine Buffington, Wanda Martin, all of El Dorado, Arkansas, Sammie Jean Easter (Sampson), Conway, Arkansas, Augustine Phifer, Little Rock, Arkansas; special great-granddaughter – Brakhia Upson; and a host of other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends.
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