Lyle Godfrey, 82, son of Joseph Reuben Godfrey and Jewell Ellison Godrey Wilkerson, was born Dec. 1, 1921, at Concete, Wash. He died Jan. 8, 2004, at his home at Houston. He graduated from high school in Concrete, Wash., and served military duty four years in World War II for the Army/Air Force. He married Evelyn Garrett Sept. 27, 1947, in Woodland, Wash. They were married 56 years and had five children. While they lived in Washington, he was a logger. He loved the outdoors and the mountains. In 1976, he moved to Houston, where he built his own home and did carpentry work for several years for many people. In 1949, he was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and for more than 50 years he helped many people come to his God Jehovah. He was an ordained minister and elder in the Licking Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He helped in the construction of many Kingdom Halls of Jehovah’s Witnesses in several states. He loved folk music and his wife singing love songs to him. He enjoyed hiking in the mountains, camping, outdoor activities and games with his family. He liked gardening and watching things grow, especially his blueberry patch. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, four brothers and two sisters. Surviving are his wife, Evelyn, of Houston; one son, Bruce Godfrey of Manhattan, Kan.; four daughters, Shirley Edelman of Beloit, Kan., Ruth Lee of San Leandro, Calif., Alice Boyd of Houston and Sarah Stone of Oakland, Calif.; two sisters, Eulalie Fry of Lyman, Wash., and Julia Lewis of Woodland, Wash.; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial services were Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at Licking. “

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