Henry J. Godfrey
HAMPTON - Former public school leader and loving husband, father, and grandfather, Henry J. Godfrey, of Hampton, VA, went home to be with the Lord on October 5, 2016 at the age of 83 after having endured cancer for many years. He was born in Chesapeake, VA, the second oldest of seven children of the late Rev. Henry J. and Ethel Godfrey. After having served honorably in the US Army, Henry graduated from Virginia State College and completed his graduate studies at Columbia University. Professionally, Henry Godfrey's life career was in service to students. He chose public education as his vehicle to impact, influence and improve the lives of others. For over 36 years, he worked tirelessly to help young people achieve and succeed in their academic setting. Henry progressed within the City of Newport News School System from a classroom teacher to assistant principal, to principal and finally to Assistant Superintendent for Administrative and Alternative Services. After retiring from Newport News Schools in 1996, he went on to serve three years as an elected official on the Hampton City School Board. Personally, Henry's first joy, and the accomplishment of which he was the most proud, was his family. For the last 54 years, Henry has been the cherished husband of Blanche Godfrey. From their loving union came three children - Jay, Dexter (Tiffany), and Melanie (Zuman); seven grandchildren - Jessica, Jamylia, Mica, Zakai, Zion, HJ and Chase; and two great grandchildren - Zari and Kyree. Whether answering to Mr. Godfrey, Honey, Brother, Uncle, Dad, Grandad, and most affectionately "Papa Godfrey" - Henry always put others first and went above and beyond to make sure people were safe and that all their needs were met. He has left behind a legacy of love and an example of excellence that will live on in the hearts of his family, loved ones and all those he touched. A Celebration of Life service will be held 11 a.m., Friday, October 14, 2016 at the Queen Street Baptist Church Worship Center, 98 North Armistead Avenue. Interment will follow at Hampton Memorial Gardens. A public viewing will be held from 1-7 p.m., Thursday at the Ronald C. Perkins Funeral Home, 251 W. Queen Street, Hampton, VA 23669, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
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