Hazel Stephen Godfrey, building contractor whose clients spanned generations

Hazel Stephen Godfrey
Hazel Stephen Godfrey

Mr. Hazel Stephen Godfrey passed away Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family.

Hazel was born in New Hope, North Carolina, to John and Mary Godfrey. He graduated from Perquimans High School in 1955 and hit the road running. He went to California to visit his brother and returned shortly thereafter to start working in Virginia.

Hazel worked as a carpenter until he ventured out on his own to become a well-known and respected custom-building contractor. He never advertised, Hazel’s clients were always acquired by “word of mouth” and his clients spanned generations.

Hazel was an active deacon in the church for many years and enjoyed greeting people at the doors on Sunday morning and enjoyed cooking with the Genesis class monthly.

Hazel is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth; daughter, Lynne; son, Mitchell; grandchildren, Jarrod and Shelby; great-grandchildren, Gage, Morgan and Sydney; brother, George; and sisters, Aby and Sophia. He was preceded in death by a sister and six brothers.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, at First Baptist Church, 401 35th St., Virginia Beach. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mr. Godfreys life. A reception will follow services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Kidney Foundation.

Share online condolences with the family at Cremation Society of Virginia.

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