ROANOKE RAPIDS — Frederick Lee “Freddy” Mahaffey, 73, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. in his Roanoke Rapids home.

Freddy was born in Halifax County, son to the late David Leo Mahaffey Sr. He was raised, along with his siblings, Brenda Mahaffey Livesay who is married to Jay, and Steve Mahaffey who is married to Joan, of Waxhaw, by his grandparents, Bessie Mahaffey, who he called mother, and his grandfather, Doc Mahaffey, who he called Daddy Mahaffey. Freddy loved hunting and fishing and family gatherings. He especially loved gatherings at Bobby Edwards’ and going to Randy Lee’s house because Randy was able to create deer stands that would accommodate Freddy who was battling Parkinson’s Disease.

He loved playing pool at Hux’s Billiards. He loved cooking and sharing recipes with Troy Cribb, and he was also a member of Community Hunting Club. Freddy worked as a welder and machinist at Bibb for more than 30 years. Freddy later went to work with one of his closest friends, Fuzzy Conner at William & Lamb, until his health played a factor in his retirement. In addition to his father, Freddy was preceded in death by his grandfather and grandmother, Doc and Bessie Mahaffey; and brother, David Mahaffey Jr.

Freddy is survived by his wife of 54 years, Brenda Rook Mahaffey of the home; his only child, Tony Wayne Mahaffey and wife, Angela Acree Mahaffey; grandchildren, Megan, Seth Mahaffey and Kale Olnhausen; and two great-grandchildren, Matthew and Dawson Turner, all of Roanoke Rapids. Also surviving is a special family friend, Shelly Wright of Roanoke Rapids.

The family will hold a memorial service to remember Freddy’s life at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28 at Roanoke Rapids Church of God. The family will receive friends at 801 E. 11th St. in Roanoke Rapids.

Due to COVID restrictions, social distancing and facial coverings are recognized.

Hockaday Funeral & Cremation Services is handling arrangements and online condolences may be sent to

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