James Edward “Jim” Godfrey, 81, passed away peacefully on Feb. 1, 2019, surrounded by his loving family, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born on Feb. 16, 1937, in Selbyville, Del., to the late William J. Godfrey and Alberta Gray Godfrey.
Godfrey was a graduate of Selbyville High School, in the Class of 1956, and of Goldey-Beacom College. After high school, he served his country in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C., and Fort Devens, Ayer, Mass., with a tour of duty in Seoul, Korea. Upon returning stateside, he worked for Shellhorn & Hill, finished his degree and worked as a procurement officer for the State of Delaware, Division of Purchasing, retiring in 2000.
Godfrey had a wonderful sense of humor and loved being the life of the party. He enjoyed hanging with all of his buddies at either the American Legion Stahl Post or the University of Delaware football games, and loved crab feasts with family and friends. His friends were a tremendous joy to him.
Most importantly, Godfrey was a devoted family man. His family was his greatest love, and he adored his wife, children and grandchildren. Godfrey could be seen coaching baseball for the Capitol Little League or coaching his son’s basketball games. He took such pleasure in watching all of his children’s sporting events, and he never missed a game in which they were playing.
In addition to his parents, Godfrey was preceded in death by his parents-in-law, James R. and Maud H. Murray; brother-in-law, Bruce C. Furman; and his nephew, Stephen B. Furman. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Bernice Murray Godfrey; son, Scott M. Godfrey; daughter, Lisa Godfrey Lyons and her husband, Patrick; grandsons, Bradley, Thomas and Michael Godfrey, and Jack, Shane and Nathan Lyons; sister-in-law, Barbara Jane Furman; nieces, Tammy Olewinski and her husband, Bill, and Amy Furman, Lindsay, Katie and Megan Olewinski; and his nephew, Ian Furman.
The family thanked all of the staff at Regal Heights Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hockessin, Del., for the loving care given to Godfrey the last two months of his life. Sincere gratitude was given to all those who supported Jim and Bernice Godfrey over the last few months, with special thanks to the Rev. Jennifer Kerby, and Ken and Gerri Jeffery and their family for their endless support.
A visitation was to be held Feb. 6, 2019, at Mount Lebanon United Methodist Church, Wilmington, Del., with funeral service on Feb. 7 at Melson Funeral Services, Frankford, Del., and interment at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church, Ocean View, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mount Lebanon U.M. Church; 850 Mount Lebanon Rd.; Wilmington, DE, 19803. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.