|Birth:||7 December 1909|
Selmer, Tennessee, USA
|Death:||8 September 2020|
West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
|Age:||110 years, 276 days|
Godfrey was born in the United States, on 7 December 1909. Her parents were Boss and Candace Hockaday. She had one brother, Arnold "Tiny" Hockaday (1919–2004). One of her aunts died at the age of 107. As a young woman she was running a beauty shop in Tupelo, Mississippi. When the Great Depression came, she moved back to her family's farm in Selmer, Tennessee. She married Glenn Godfrey, whom she met in Tupelo at the age of 21. In 1932, the couple moved to Selmer to the 500-acre farm where she grew up. They raised their 5 children there and everybody worked on the farm. She also had a flower shop in Selmer, and later, she would own a ceramics shop. At one time, two of their sons, Don and Billy, worked for their uncle, Arnold, who owned a shipping and trucking company named "Hockaday Trucking of Fort Pierce" in Florida. Her two sons, Don and Steve, got into flying, so she had a chance to fly in small planes. Her son, Steve, died of cancer at the age of 44, and her daughter, Pat, died of cancer at the age of 67. Her oldest son, Billy Glenn, died in 2006.
At the age of 103, she lived in Wellington, Florida. In January 2012, two of her children were still alive. At that time, she also had 17 grandchildren.
Godfrey died in West Palm Beach, Florida, United States, on 8 September 2020, at the age of 110 years, 276 days.
- Arnold "Tiny" Hockaday Haisley Funeral and Cremation Service, 2004
- Wellington resident says eating right, good genes the secret to turning 103 Palms West Monthly, January 2012 page 13
- Death mention Facebook, 9 September 2020
- Dorothy F. Godfrey The Palm Beach Post, 11 September 2020