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Elmer John Godfrey III

February 4, 1946 — October 26, 2021

Elmer John Godfrey, III, 75, was called to be with the Lord on, October 26, 2021.  He worked for 40 years for Smithfield Foods as an Industrial Engineer.  His passions included golf, fishing and hunting.  John was the son of the late Elmer John Godfrey, Jr. and Nellie Beale Godfrey Bateman.  John is survived by his wife of 53 years, Deborah Winslow Godfrey; daughter, Shannon Godfrey Ferguson and husband, Craig; son Elmer John Godfrey, IV and wife Ayca; granddaughter Melody Ferguson Fernaays and husband Sean; grandson Hunter Coulbourn Ferguson; granddaughter, Dilara Anne Godfrey; grandson Elmer John Godfrey, V; great-granddaughters, Nellie Lucille Fernaays, Isabel Grace Fernaays, and Lily Mae Fernaays.  A graveside service celebrating John’s life is to be held on Saturday, October 30, 2021, 11 a.m. in Bethany Cemetery, Smithfield, VA.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad, P O Box 97, Smithfield, VA 23431. Online condolences may be registered at

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Graveside Service

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Bethany Church Cemetery

Bethany Church Rd, VA 23430

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