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405 Alleghany Street
PO Box 12
Clifton Forge, VA 24422
Phone: (540) 862-4157
Fax: (540) 862-5723
Charles Godfrey

Charles "Charlie" Godfrey

Wednesday, February 25th, 1953 - Tuesday, April 28th, 2020
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Charles Burnett Godfrey 67, of Clifton Forge, Virginia went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Charles was born on February 25, 1953, in Clifton Forge, Virginia. Charles was the 7th of 7 children of the late Charles Godfrey and Gaynell Alice Godfrey. He received his education in the Clifton Forge school system. Charles Godfrey attended Albuquerque Barber College in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he received his Barbers license.
Charles began playing the piano and singing at a young age and grew to be a well-known gospel musician and singer. His piano playing and singing made him a legend in the Clifton Forge area. Charles played and performed at a multitude of churches. He played faithfully the past several years for Main Street Baptist Church, Clifton Forge. Charles received many awards throughout the years for his musical and vocal abilities, including the Martin Luther King award. He received his evangelical license under the leadership of Elder Alfred Deering.
Charles was such a huge presence in this world, the lives he touched with his gifts of song, love, compassion and care were immeasurable. He was always there to lend a helping hand and even as he himself was diagnosed with cancer you could find him on the streets of Clifton Forge handing out meals that he prepared for those less fortunate.
Charles performed every year at the Area 18 Special Olympics. He never turned down a chance to sing and play his music giving praises to God. He was a member of the Area 18 Singing Wonders and The Stars Performers. Charles served in the community in whatever capacity was needed.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Nelson Godfrey: and three sisters, Mary Young, Brenda Arnold and Julia Johnson.
Left to cherish his memories is his wife Lillian Godfrey of Roanoke, Virginia; a son, Christopher Godfrey of New Haven, Connecticut; two brothers, Edward and Earsey Godfrey of Clifton Forge, Virginia; a half-brother; Vincent Cooper of Clifton Forge, Virginia. Many wonderful friends: a special friend, John Cook of Clifton Forge, VA and Ms. Arlene Cooper, who he referred to, as his second Mother of Clifton Forge, VA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.
A graveside funeral service will be held on Monday, May 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Mountain View Cemetery, Clifton Forge and if you are unable to attend, visit We ask that only family and close friends attend the graveside service as we will have to continue to abide by the social distancing guidelines established by the Governor. All others can attend the live-stream service at A memorial service is planned for a later date.
Condolences and floral tributes may be expressed online or sent to Nicely Funeral Home. Monetary contributions toward a memorial tombstone can be sent to Reverend Arlene Cooper, 809 Mound St. Clifton Forge, VA.
Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge is handling arrangements.
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Gospel Voices

Posted at 02:59pm
The Rev. Preston Tyler and members of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church were saddened to hear of the loss of your loved one, and extend to you our heartfelt sympathy. We pray that the loving memories you hold in your heart will give you peace and comfort during your hour of sorrow and the love of God sustain in days ahead.

Gospel Voices

Posted at 02:55pm
The Gospel Voices are saddened to hear of the Homegoing of Charles Godfrey, and send to you our heartfelt sympathy. Charles was one of the lead singers in the group, and his presence and voice were truly missed when he became ill. May God bless you with peace and comfort.

The Gospel Voices

Posted at 01:27pm
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Gayle Hillert

Posted at 11:27am
To the family of Charles Godfrey, our heartfelt condolences. Charles lit up the stage of the Masonic Amphitheatre and Historic Masonic Theatre with his talent and joy. He was always willing to share his love of singing and he had wonderful attitude about life and living. Our thoughts and prayers are with Charles' family. With appreciation of his life, The Masonic Theatre Preservation Foundation Board of Directors.

Marie Williams

Posted at 11:55pm
I send my sincere condolences to the family of Charlie Godfrey and also to his many close friends, which I consider myself to be.
Charlie was one of the kindest people I've known. He consistently demonstrated a kind, gentle and giving Christian spirit regardless of how he was feeling personally. I offer up prayers for each member of his family and his friends because he will be missed. But. in honor to him, let each of us who miss him cherish our memories of happier times and remember him singing:)
In Agape, Marie Williams

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