Helen Belle Cox Godsey, age 89, of Johnson City, went home to be with the Lord on April 19, 2011, at the Johnson City Medical Center.
A native of Johnson City, she was a daughter of the late Thomas E. and Minnie Eliza Johnson Cox. Mrs. Godsey was a member of Roan Hill Baptist Church, but has been attending Greenwood Baptist Church, where she enjoyed worshiping and listening to the choir. She was a homemaker and loved her God, family and friends, and she taught her children the importance of family.
Mrs. Godsey was an avid reader, loved flowers and taking pictures of family and friends and sharing them with others. What was seen as a ministry was her greeting cards. Many people would receive a card from Helen on all occasions along with two pieces of gum, one for you and one to share.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Orville Quenton Godsey; a daughter, Jayne Ellen Garland; four brothers, Willie B., Crit, Frank and Joseph Cox; four sisters, Katie Richardson, Ollie Pierce, Ruby Bozeman and Lydia McFall.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Judith Andes and husband, Wayne, Sandra English and husband, Robert, all of Johnson City; one son, Mark L. Godsey, Canton, GA; beloved grandchildren of â€œGrammie,â€ Eric Andes and wife, Jen, Brandon Garland, Aaron English, Anna Hurley and husband, Kevin, Elizabeth Collums and husband, Joey, Amanda Jarrett and husband, Jimmy, Jacob Godsey; eight great grandchildren, Elizabeth, Victoria, Isaac, Nathaniel, Josiah, Simeon, Matthew Samuel, and one expected great grandchild. Many nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service for Mrs. Godsey will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 23, 2011, from the East Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Home with Rev. Harold McNabb and Rev. Robert English officiating.
The family will receive friends Friday, April 22, from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. in the East Parlor of the funeral home.
The graveside service and interment will held at Happy Valley Memorial Park, Elizabethton, following the funeral service on Saturday. Active pallbearers will be the Grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Jacob Godsey and Wayne Andes.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Nursing staff of the 5300 wing of Johnson City Medical Center, Dr. Jeff Farrow and the Respiratory care Therapists for all of their compassionate care.
To those who desire, memorial contributions may be made to Greenwood Baptist Church, 102 Elliott and Scott Circle Johnson City, TN 37604.
Memories and condolences may be left for the family at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 800 E. Watauga Ave. is serving the Godsey Family. (423) 928-6111