Heritage and commitment are 2 words that describe Thelma Hodges, the honored matriarch of our funeral home. Her storied history as a resident of Naples and wife of funeral director Earl Hodges, began well over 60 years ago, when she responded to a call for nurses at what would become Naples Community Hospital (NCH).
The never-ending sunshine presented quite a contrast from the seasonal weather patterns of her native New England, but Thelma embraced it with a spirit of adventure. As 1 of the 3 founding nurses at NCH, she went on to enjoy a 20-plus-year career in supervisory positions that included the ER, OR and Central Supply.
In 2007, the International College was renamed Hodges University, honoring the civic-minded Mr. and Mrs. Hodges and their dedication to education.
Widowed since 2013, Thelma continues to carry on the Hodges's legacy of love and caring—just as her beloved husband of 55 years would have wanted. "He's with me every day," she says. "He inspires me to carry on."
Dennis Lee Sparks
Born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, Dennis L. Sparks attended Indiana Wesleyan University and graduated from Mid-America College of Funeral Service in 1993. He has held a number of roles throughout his funeral service career including president of both the Arizona Funeral Directors Association and Arizona Funeral, Cemetery and Crematory Association. Dennis is a Marco Island resident and, in his free time, enjoys fishing and walking on the beach.
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