NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Abercrombie Godfrey, 85, of North Augusta, S.C., who died September 15, 2002, will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. from the First Baptist Church of North Augusta. Rev. Jerry T. Matthews and Rev. Robert H. Ledbetter officiating. Interment in Pineview Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Godfrey was born in Parksville, S.C. the daughter of the late Lola Peterson and Paul K. Abercrombie. She was the youngest of seven children. The family moved to Laurens, S.C. where Mrs. Godfrey was the valedictorian of Laurens High School. She attended Winthrop College, where she doubled majored in Latin and French, minored in English and Library Science, and graduated Cum Laude. She came to North Augusta in 1938 to teach Latin and French and organize a high school library at North Augusta High School. She received Media Specialist training at Emory University, did graduate work in French at the University of South Carolina, Columbia and at Appalachian State at the French Institute. With the establishment of the DuPont Company at the Savannah River Plant the school enrollment tripled, and Mrs. Godfrey headed the Foreign Language Department, teaching Latin and French with assistant teachers. Mrs. Godfreys activities and honors include; Member of State Department of Education Board, President of Aiken County Education Association, Chairman of State Latin, French and Media Development, Board of Trustees, Winthrop College for two terms, twice President of Winthrop Alumnae Association, organized the first State Library and Students Assistants program, was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa and Delta Kappa Gamma teachers groups where she held offices, Lioness Club past president, was a member of the Nancy Carson Library Board. She was past president and a Regent of the Martintown Road Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was South Carolina Teacher of the Year 1965-66, Media Specialist, North Augusta Senior High School 1971-90. Mrs. Godfrey was a member of the First Baptist Church of North Augusta where she served as Director of the Junior Department of First Baptist Church for 15 years, teacher of the Alma Martin Sunday School Class, and was a member of the Sheffield Club. She was past charter member and officer of Altrusa Club, Augusta, Ga. Mrs. Godfrey was the wife of the late James W. Godfrey. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Jack Ramage, Willard Stewart, Charles Petty, Jimmy Bell, Jim Martin and Lloyd McNair. The family will receive friends at the funeral home this Tuesday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 115 Greenville St., SW, Aiken, S.C. 29801. Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home of North Augusta in charge of arrangements. (803-278-1181).
The Augusta Chronicle Septermber 17, 2002