Michael Joseph Godfrey

February 14, 1957 - June 28, 2020
Michael Joseph Godfrey

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Michael Joseph Godfrey, age 63, of Leland, North Carolina, ascended to Heaven on Sunday, June 28, 2020. He was born on February 14, 1957, in Victorville, California (George AFB), to the late Marvin Joseph Godfrey and Dorothy Evelyn Lageson Godfrey.

Michael’s childhood as a “military brat,” living in Japan (Yokota AFB), Maine (Loring AFB), and back to George AFB in California, helped to instill in him a love for all people regardless of appearance, culture, or ethnicity. Following his father’s retirement from the United States Air Force, his family settled in Ojai, CA where he graduated from Nordhoff High School.

After graduation, Michael attended Oral Roberts University and then served as an ordained pastor for 15 years in California and Oregon. During this time, he was married and had three daughters, the loves of his life, Michelle, Rachel and Sierra.

Michael’s heart was always to touch people with the love of Jesus, especially the broken, downtrodden and forgotten. Because this was the desire of his heart, he served on mission trips to the Amazon Jungle in Brazil, England, and Africa. He longed to help heal the hearts of those he was around.

Michael had a God-given talent for carpentry. His loving hands could bring out the natural beauty of the grain, and the quality of his pieces served as a testament to his painstaking care. His handiwork graces many homes across the U.S.A. Michael passed down his love of carpentry to his daughters and often bragged that they were his best workers.

At the age of 53, Michael took a leap of faith to embark upon a new career as a social worker. His life experiences led him to the doors of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. In 2013, he graduated with honors, having successfully completed his Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees. His pastoral heart was evident as he worked with the homeless population and women suffering from substance abuse and addiction. Michael’s life was devoted to helping others. His compassionate and caring nature was felt by all who knew him, and he will live long in the memory of those whose lives he touched.
Michael is survived by his daughters Michelle Cresto of Leland, NC, Rachel (Matt) Dahlin of Navarre, FL, and Sierra (Brandon) Davis of Santa Cruz, CA; as well as his grandchildren, Ella and Madison Cresto, Landon, Hunter and Austin Dahlin, Billi Rose, Verity and soon to arrive, Riley Davis. He is also survived by his brothers Jeff, Steve, Chris, Doug and Mark Godfrey.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the family will be holding a private celebration of life.

As a gesture of gratitude to the WSU School of Social Work, a scholarship is being
established in Michael’s memory. Donations may be made as follows:
Gifts via check or credit card may be mailed to: Wayne State University, PO Box 674602, Detroit MI 48267-4602. Be sure to include “Index 444469 in honor of Michael Godfrey.”

Gifts may be made online at giving.wayne.edu/donate
– Choose your designation: in the drop down select “other”
– Other designation or notes about gift: Index 444469
– Recognition name: Michael Godfrey

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  • July 06, 2020
    Cameron Karry says:
    My condolences to Mike's family. I first met Mike about 10 years ago through a mutual fellowship. God bless him and his family.

  • July 07, 2020
    Vanessa says:
    My condolences to his daughters, who he absolutely adored! He spoke so highly of you girls all of the time. We met during our Social Working degrees, and completed an internship together in Hospice. He will always hold a special place in my heart. What a wonderful soul!

  • July 08, 2020
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  • July 13, 2020
    Heather Byerly says:
    Your dad was an incredible man. I am so glad I had the opportunity to know him a good portion of my life. He was such a down to earth person who I could talk to about merely anything with no judgment. He helped me in some of my hardest times of my life, encouraged me and believed in me from day one. He’s taught me so much with his excellent craftsmanship. He was a huge help rehabbing our house, and I have that to be an everlasting memory of him. Our house would be in total chaos if it wasn’t for his insane knowledge and guidance through it all. I have so many good memories of him, and as I continue refinishing furniture, I will try to be as half as good as he was with the amount of skill he held. He would talk about you girls a lot and how much he loved and cared for you all. I hope that you know that he had so much love for all three of you and his grandkids. I could go on and on about what an incredible man he was, but I’ll leave it at this. I hope that you and your family can find comfort during this difficult time. I loved him like a second father, and I can’t imagine the pain you three are feeling. Prayers to you while you heal.

  • July 13, 2020
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