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Ila J. Smith Godfrey

February 20, 1941 ~ September 5, 2018 (age 77)

Ila J. Smith Godfrey


Funeral services will be at 3:00 PM Saturday September 8, 2018 at Glencoe Hokes Bluff Chapel for Ila J. Smith Godfrey, age, 77, of Hokes Bluff who passed away on September 5, 2018.  Dr. W.R. Gilmore will officiate.  Burial will follow at Young’s Chapel Cemetery.  Glencoe-Hokes Bluff Funeral Home and Cemetery is in charge of services.


Ila attended Fort Payne High School.  She married James T. Godfrey and began an adventure that lasted 60 years, 6 months and 28 days.  Their love survived hardships, wars, and the loss of their oldest child.  Ila enjoyed traveling, reading, and spending time with family.  She was the oldest living child of 9.  As the oldest, she loved them fiercely and with the heart of a second mother.


She is preceded in death by her daughter: Jimmie Ann Godfrey Heath; mother: Duffel  Upton Smith and father: J.B. Smith; infant sister: Betty Jean Smith; mother and father-in-law: Lola Mae and E.B. Godfrey Sr.; brother-in-law: E.B. Godfrey Jr., and brother-in-law: Morgan C. Graham.


She is survived by her husband of 60 years James T. Godfrey; daughter; Tina (Eric) Bryant; sister: Walter Ann Graham; brothers: Charles Smith, Morris Ray (Bobbi) Smith, Bobby Smith, Gerald (Carol) Smith, Kennith Smith, Barry (Trish) Smith, and Terry (JoAnn) Smith; special niece: Ann (Larry) Engardio; best friend of 55 years Barbara Warren and classmate Christine Pope.


Pallbearers will be family and friends.


Honorary Pallbearers will be her brothers.


Special thanks to Melissa Collins McElroy and Amedisys Home Health Care.


The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 1-3 PM.


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