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Obituary: Gerald V. Godfrey

Gerald V. Godfrey, born March 26, 1938, died on Jan. 20, 2013 at his home in Alexandria. He was originally from western North Carolina and moved with his parents to Alexandria, where his father helped construct the Pentagon, during his high school years. He attended George Washington High School for one year before moving back to Crossnore, N.C. where he graduated from Crossnore High School.

Following high school, he served in the U.S. Army for two years to include a year overseas in Korea. He married Carolyn Betz in 1960 and they had two sons, David and Sean Godfrey. They lived in Alexandria where their sons attended St. Rita's Elementary and Bishop Ireton High School. He worked his entire career in the automotive industry until his retirement in June 2012. He was a hard worker who enjoyed horseracing, basketball, football, and admiring old cars. For the last 20 years, he lived in Parkfairfax surrounded by many friends and family.

He is survived by his two sons and their wives, Caroline and Diane; four grandchildren, Ryan, Travis, Colton, and Baylor; and sister, Peggy Godfrey. He was good man and will be missed by all who knew him.

Family will welcome friends from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, at Everly Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria.