Sundays Obituary: Willie Roy Godette

    When studying and researching our family surnames, we find collateral family members that may or not be related, but sometimes will hold the clues to our own families as family sometimes stretches beyond blood lines.
     After adding Willie Roy Godette to my “Yvette’s Family Tree” where I add people that are from the same locale and have the surnames of my family, I was able to attach documents to Roy’s name.  Willie Roy Godette was born on December 8, 1926 and passed away two days after his 83rd birthday on December 10, 2009.
     In the 1930 Census of Township 5, Craven County, North Carolina, Willie is listed as the Grandchild of Issac and Sarah Carter.  Willie’s parents were not listed in the same household at the time.  I went to the Craven County Deeds website and found that Willie’s parents were Mattie J. Carter and Willie D. Godette.
     What I have discovered is that in Willie Roy Godette’s father’s (Willie D.) household in 1920 according to the Census there was a Luviney and Hulda Cully as his father’s nieces.  So without inputting the connecting information on my tree, I know that Willie Roy Godette is a  1st cousin 1x removed to these Cully’s.    Upon further investigation, I will discover who the Cully girls parents were as they are not listed in Willie D. Godette’s household in 1920.  (I have a direct family line of Cully’s, and would like to see if there is a connection. I will do a further investigation of the parties mentioned).
     My hope is that if anyone is tracing Willie Roy Godette’s family line, that this might be helpful.
Willie Roy Godette

     Willie Roy Godette, 83, of 855 Blades Rd., Havelock died Thursday, December 10, 2009 at Whispering Pine Nursing Facility, Fayetteville.

     He served in the U. S. Army during World War 11 and was honorably discharged and was a retiree of NADEP as a motor vehicle operator. 

     The funeral service will be 1:00 PM Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at Piney Grove AME Zion Church with the Rev. Robert Little, officiating. The interment with military honors will be at Hyman Chapel Church Cemetery.

     He is survived by his two sons, Douglas Godette of Atlantic, Highlands, NJ and Danny Carter of Germany; two daughters, Mattie Sidney of Atlantic Highlands, NJ and Nadine Carr of Fayetteville; 13 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

     The family will receive friends at the residence. Viewing will be held Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Oscar’s Mortuary and at the church an hour prior to the service.

Photo courtesy of Bernd Doss

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