Joe Conley (Who Played Ike Godsey on the Waltons)

I’ve been getting back into watching The Waltons.  I’m in season 1 right now.

I was looking up some of the cast members, and I noticed that Joe Conley, the actor who played the storekeeper Ike Godsey, passed away a few days ago.  I’ve always liked Ike!  He was such a nice person!  But I noticed something on an episode that I watched today, entitled “The Dust Bowl Cousins”: Ike had a really cold attitude towards those who steal from him!  (Don’t we all?!)

Here’s an excellent article about Joe Conley.  It has tributes from some of his fellow cast members, Joe’s statement in 1977 that he divided up his time between The Waltons and his real-estate ventures, and Joe’s observation that people would come up to him, call him Ike, and chat with him like he was an old friend.  Joe said: “I have to remember that for ten years I did visit their home every week. To them I am an old friend or a member of the family.”

Joe also wrote a book.  You can find it here on Amazon.  I also noticed that Mary McDonough, who played Erin, has written a book (see here).

R.I.P. Joe Conley.

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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