Tuesday, April 27, 2010

HU Mourns the Loss of Rev. Dr. Fred J. Boddie, Jr.

HU Mourns the Loss of Rev. Dr. Fred J. Boddie, Jr.

Hampton University mourns the loss of the Rev. Dr. Fred J. Boddie, Jr., a noted pastor, community activist and HU professor. Boddie passed away on April 18 in Newport News, Va.

Boddie served as pastor of First Church of Newport News for more than 39 years, growing the congregation to more than 900 members and expanding church facilities. In addition, Boddie taught courses in humanities for HU's College of Education and Continuing Studies.

As a community advocate, Boddie was a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a former trustee at Saint Pauls College, former member of the school board of Isle of Wight County, and a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Recently, he was appointed as the senior advisor for Cooke Brothers Funeral Home in Newport News.

Boddie earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Shaw University and a Doctor of Ministry from Howard University.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Patricia Joan Hall Boddie, two sons, Fred Jacob Boddie, III, and Dr. Timothy Tee Boddie, one daughter, Patricia Theodora Boddie, four grandchildren, two sisters and a host of other relatives. His son, Dr. Timothy Tee Boddie, previously served as university chaplain and assistant professor of English at HU throughout the course of 17 years of dedicated service.

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