Sorrow fills our hearts as we mourn the loss of our beloved father, Dave D.Y. Godsey. Yet at the same time, we
celebrate his life, the values, and the moral lessons that he instilled in our lives.
Dad’s life took many different directions. He was a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great-
grandfather, a coal miner by profession, but a builder at heart. Most important of all, he was a child of the King.
Dad accepted the Lord into his life many years ago, and was baptized. He was a charter member and an
ordained deacon of the Summertown Old Regular Baptist Church on Big Fork of Lotts Creek. He was
instrumental in the founding and building of this small church and was a faithful member until his death.
D.Y. Godsey was survived by his wife of 54 years, Maggie Sumner Godsey. From this union were 6 children,
Stephen Godsey, Darrell Godsey, Judy Fugate, Shelia Campbell, Revena Gwinn, and Darlene Cole. Other
survivors include 18 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and a host of family and
friends. D.Y. Godsey was born on June 12, 1927, in Breathitt County, Kentucky, and passed from this life on
August 4, 2003, living on this earth 76 years, 1 month and 12 days. He was preceded in death by his parents,
Dave and Florence Combs Godsey, and 2 brothers, Jerry and John.
His life seemed so short to the ones he left behind but it was long enough for him to instill many wonderful
traits and values in his children. Hopefully, these traits and values will shine on for many years to come in our
lives and those of our children.
Dad has gone to be with the Lord in his new home where he won’t be in any pain or suffer anymore. Dad will
be with us always in our hearts until we are united again in Heaven.
Written by his daughter, Judy Fugate