THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. Elijah Thomas "Red" Hodge entered into rest August 26, 2008, at his residence. He was the beloved husband of Mary B. Hodge.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, August 29, 2008, at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Roger Bennett officiating. Interment followed at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Lee Reese, John McNair, Dave Smith, Stoney Washington, Patrick Reece and Jared Brown. Honorary Pallbearers were Zach Washington and Kelly Partridge.
Mr. Hodge was born February 1, 1925, in Empire, Ga., and was the son of the late Elijah Thomas Hodge and the late Emma Mae Hodge. He served in the U. S. Army during WW II and fought at the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Hodge was retired from Ryder Truck Lines after 43 years of service. He was also a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Thomson. The family said that he enjoyed camping, golfing, fishing, and spending time with his wife and family.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mary B. Hodge, five children: four boys: Dannie and wife Mary, Pat and wife Barbara, Tom and Nancy, Donnie and wife Kathy, one girl: Vickie and husband Mac, 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and one surviving sister, Ellen Peeples of Kingsland, Ga.
The family would like to express their grateful appreciation to Angela Vernoy, Mary Tankersley and Katie Ashley for all their love and tender care given to Mr. Hodge and Barbara Hanshew for her love, support and prayers.
Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.