Clarence Godfrey

Clarence Godfrey, 88, passed from this life on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at his residence in Laneville, Texas.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the chapel at Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home. Burial with military honors follows at Rusk County Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at the funeral home.

Clarence was born Dec. 22, 1930, in Arkansas City, to Jesse and Ruth (Lowery) Godfrey. He had lived in Laneville, Texas since 1995.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force, retiring after 20 years of active service that included his time as military law enforcement. Clarence later owned and operated his own diesel mechanic shop before going on to a 22-year career with Caterpillar.

He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Henderson, Texas, and was passionate about his faith and his family. He also loved to garden and enjoyed sharing the fruits of his labor with others.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Godfrey; daughters, Becky Sexton and Laurie Godfrey; brother, Larry Godfrey; and sister, Tessi Herr.

Survivors include his daughters, Melissa Brannon and husband, Greg, of Richmond, and Cindy Joynt, of Oakmont, Pa.; stepson, Wendell Whitten, of Henderson, Texas; stepdaughters, Karen Spurlin, of Atlanta, and Amelia Johnson, of South Carolina; sisters, Iona Gaddis and Naomi Byrne, of Arkansas City; brother, Wayne Godfrey, of Newkirk, Okla.; grandchildren, Jessica Godfrey, Sarah Brannon, Joshua Joynt, Aaron Shatney, Anna Whitten, Sarah Murillo, Jesse Whitten, Ryan Johnson, James Spurlin, Jeremy Spurlin, Jason Spurlin, Justin Spurlin, and Ryan Johnson; as well as eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.