Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Hardy Merl Godbold

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, February 29, 1992

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Reflections for Trooper Hardy Merl Godbold

Always remembered brother.

Judge /Magistrate/SC Trooper Sheridan Ly

February 29, 2024

Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 19, 2020

Prayers to your family brother.

Judge / Magistrate Sheridan Lynn (former
Aiken County, S.C.

February 29, 2020

RIP My old friend and racing partner. Just thinking of you today as I was looking through the fallen heroes. Seems so unreal but you were doing what you loved, just wish it had loved you a little more but Angel wings shall keep you comforted.


January 20, 2020

Rest in peace Trooper Godbold.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 17, 2019

I love you Daddy! I think of you daily and miss you more than words could ever express. I wish Brian Jr. and Abbigayle could have met their Granddaddy. You are the BEST! I cannot wait to see you on the other side!

Daughter Erin Godbold Adams

August 5, 2017

God Bless you Trooper Hardy GODBOLD and Corporal Jonathan NASH, for your service and ultimate sacrifice, and to your families both Red and Blue, in particular, the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

grateful citizen

September 19, 2015

Thanks for your 5 years of services, Hardy.


February 28, 2012

I am sure you will be smiling down tommorrow along with Jonathan...Your family has worked hard for this...but all of it is worth it! Please Please make sure EVERYONE is SAFE..God Bless!!!

Officer Jacob C. Hammond
Camden Police Department

August 27, 2010

May you rest in peace, Sir! Yo are not forgotten.

Police Officer

September 27, 2009

Trooper Godbold your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now Trooper...May you now rest in peace and my god look over your family and friends in their time of need.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

September 25, 2009

Gone, but never forgotten, Rest easy now my Brother in Law, your watch on earth is over.......

Sgt. John L Gulledge(Ret.)
Escambia Co. Sheriff's Office Pensacola FL.

September 24, 2009

My sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Trooper Hardy Godbold as well as to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Rest in peace Trooper Godbold, you are gone but will not be forgotten...

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL

September 24, 2009


Deputy J.D.Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office

September 21, 2009

My heart and prayers go out to the family and friends of Trooper Hardy Merle Godbold of the SC Hwy Patrol, South Carolina. May God comfort your family and friends at this grevious of times. Rest In Eternal Peace.

Margaret Hood
Citizen Watch

September 21, 2009

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1

God bless you and all who mourn you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


February 28, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 17th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

To his loved ones: I share your anquish in losing a beloved family member which I believe is life's greatest sorrow. Time never diminishes love. You are in my heart's embrace today. May God grant you solace.

Rest In Peace. Trooper Godbold. You are so handsome in your picture. I am sorry you were robbed of your life at such a young age.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 28, 2009

Trooper Godbold your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 23, 2008



February 21, 2008

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 16, 2007

Daddy you are truly missed by me and Erin. I wish you could still be here but I know I'll see you again someday. I miss our special times together. I know that you would be proud of what we have done with the ride and donations! I love you!

Amanda Godbold

August 22, 2007

You have not been forgotten...but I know you are in a better place. You are watching over all of your officers down here and your family. We all love you always.

Gayle Godbold Pitts

July 17, 2007

G-d Bless.

February 28, 2007

It has been almost 15 yrs since your EOW but still not forgotten. Although you are not here in person you are in spirit. Continue to watch over your fellow officers and keep them safe from harm.
Michigan leo wife

February 14, 2007

Merle was a true friend of mine. There was no better man than him. He loved go kart racing and we did it together, him, me and his brother Jimmy. I really miss those days and wish we could go back. Merle was so happy when he got the trooper job and loved his place and his Mustang. He was just proud to be an SC Trooper. God bless him and his family.
Russell Elliott

March 22, 2006

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