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Joe Conley
Conley at The Waltons 40th Anniversary in 2012
Born(1928-03-03)March 3, 1928
DiedJuly 7, 2013(2013-07-07) (aged 85)
Years active1950–2002
Spouse(s)Jacqueline Stakes (about 1962) Louise Ann Teechen (1969 – 2013; his death)[1][2]
ChildrenKevin (b. 1960)
Julie (b. 1961)
Erin Elizabeth (b. 1971)
Jana Lynne (b. 1975)

Joe Conley (March 3, 1928 – July 7, 2013) was an American actor who played many small roles on television and is most remembered for his role as the storekeeper Ike Godsey in The Waltons.[3][4]

Personal life and career

Joe Conley was born in Buffalo, New York. He started acting after returning from military service in Korea, and was running three real-estate agencies in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles by the early 1970s after beginning this second career in 1961. While acting, he continued to work in real estate and, as a result, became wealthy.[5]

By the early 1970s, his career as an actor was in limbo. After twenty years of small parts in mainly television shows, he had only been in two bit parts in as many years before he was cast as storekeeper Ike Godsey in The Waltons. Conley was paired with Ronnie Claire Edwards, who portrayed his bossy wife Corabeth Walton Godsey; their characters married in the show during 1975. In 2009, Conley published his autobiography, Ike Godsey of Walton's Mountain.[6]

He was married and divorced to Jacqueline Stakes, with whom he had two children. He married Louise Teecher in 1969 and had two children with her.


Conley died on July 7, 2013, at a care facility in Newbury Park, California of complications from dementia. He was 85 and is survived by his wife, three daughters and son.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1950 The Sound of Fury Man in Crowd Uncredited
1955 Big Town Albert Hayes Episode: "Honest Cop"
The People's Choice Ernie Episode: "Socks new Secretary"
1956 The Scarlet Hour Car Salesman Uncredited
The Adventures of Jim Bowie Raino Tante Episode: "The Ghost of Jean Battoo"
1957 Crime of Passion Deliveryman
Lassie Episode: "Lassie's Day"
The Silent Service Baker Episode: "The Seahorse Story"
House of Numbers Convict Uncredited
Casey Jones Conductor Addrel Episode: "The Old Timer"
The Danny Thomas Show,
also known as Make Room For Daddy
Earl the Elevator Operator Episode: "Honesty is the Best Policy"
1957-1959 Dragnet 2 episodes
1958 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Insurance Agent Episode: "Disappearing Trick"
1958 Juvenile Jungle Duke
Boots and Saddles Private Spanner Episode: "The Superstition"
A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed Benjy Uncredited
When Hell Broke Loose Rookie Uncredited
1959 The D.A.'s Man Smiley Episode: "The Pushter's"
Wanted: Dead or Alive Henry Jackson Episode: "The Hostage"
M Squad Jack Moreno Episode: "Mama's Boy"
Flight Sgt. Pachek Episode: "Chopper Four"
Richard Diamond, Private Detective Joe / Bartender 3 episodes
1960 Stagecoach West Henry Episode: "The Saga of Jeremy Boone"
The Best of the Post Elevator boy Episode: "The Little Terror"
Death Valley Days Alf Episode: Devil's Bar
1960-1962 Dennis the Menace Nelson / Open House Looker 2 episodes
1961 Blueprint for Robbery Jock Mcgee
All Hands on Deck Sailor Uncredited
1962 Patty Johnny
The Dick Powell Theater Tom Episode: "Special Assignment"
1963-1965 Mister Ed TV Man / Sam Easterbrook / Joe / Frank / Photographer / Charley Grant 6 episodes
1964 Kraft Suspense Theater Dom Episode: "Charlie, he couldn't kill a fly"
Gunsmoke Carl Episode: "Help me Kitty"
1966 Green Acres Heston Haney Episode: "The Deputy"
1967 The Beverly Hillbillies Sergeant Episode: "The Army Game"
Felony Squad Cabbie Episode: "Time of Trial"
1969 80 Steps to Jonah Jenkins
1969-1970 Bracken's World Alvin Sloane / Art Director 2 episodes
1970 The Brady Bunch Delivery man Episode: "The Hero"
1972-1981 The Waltons Ike Godsey 172 episodes
1972 The Longest Night Salesman TV movie
1982 A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain Ike Godsey
Mother's Day on Walton's Mountain
A Wedding on Walton's Mountain
1983 Knight Rider Manager Episode: "Short Notice"
1986 Impure Thoughts Father Minnelli
1993 A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion Ike Godsey TV movie
1995 A Walton Wedding
1996 Night Stand with Dick Dietrick Claude Episode: "Dick Goes Home"
1999 Whatever it Takes Frank
2000 Cast Away Joe Wally
2001 Blind Obsession (final film role)


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  3. ^ Scott, Vernon (1 July 1977). "Waltons' storekeeper juggles four careers". Boca Raton News. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  4. ^ Pearson, Howard (27 February 1978). "T. V. star set for S. L. show". Deseret News. p. C5. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  5. ^ Anthony Hayward "Joe Conley: Actor best known as Ike Godsey in The Waltons", The Independent (London), 25 July 2013
  6. ^ "Actor Joe Conley, who played Ike Godsey on 'The Waltons,' dies at 85". NBC Today. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  7. ^ "TV'S 'Walton's Storekeeper Joe Conley Dies at 85". AP. Retrieved 10 July 2013.