OBITUARY

Charles F. Hodges

February 13, 1931March 8, 2018
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Charles Fredrick Hodges was the second child born to Carl and Agnes Hodges of Hot Springs, Arkansas on February 13, 1931. He was later joined by two younger siblings. This was during the depression years, so things were very hard to come by! However, one thing that was never missing was love in their family. Charley enjoyed living on their small acreage where he helped take care of the cows, chickens, rabbits, and was able to have a horse all his own. He attended parochial school in Hot Springs until the 9th grade, when he went to Subiaco High School in Subiaco, Arkansas, graduating in 1948. Since good jobs were hard to find in Hot Springs, he decided to join some people from Amarillo, Texas working on their farm. Though he had never driven a tractor, he was sure he could learn, and after taking a few fence posts out, he learned to plow a straight row! While working in Amarillo, he received his draft orders to go in the Army, but since he had an uncle in the Navy, he decided to join the Navy, where he served four years. When he was discharged he returned to Amarillo, and it was here he met his wife to be, Sue Briley, at a program dance at Amarillo Junior College. They were married nine months later. Their union was blessed by seven children.

Charley worked in the restaurant business for twelve years, serving as manager for Underwood's Barbeque Cafeterias in Lubbock, Odessa, and Amarillo. Later he went as manager of Denny's Restaurant chain and the family moved to Bryan, Texas in 1968. Later, he worked for Sears Roebuck and then for ten years with Washington National Insurance Co. His next venture was to join his oldest son, Steve in an oilfield pump shop, which he retired because of poor health.

Charley was a devout Catholic, and very dedicated to saying his daily Rosary. He also helped get the Adoration Chapel at St. Joseph's Church started by going for visitation during the hardest time to fill - 2:00 to 3:00 AM daily the first year, and after that he covered an hour each week until his health failed in 2015.

Charley is predeceased by his parents, and his sister, Marie Walter.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sue; his four sons, Steve and wife, June, Larry and wife, Theresa, Dick and wife, Nancy, Eddie and wife, Tammy; three daughters, Kathy Laird and husband, Kevin, Kristi Brightwell and husband, Kevin and Cindy Wall and husband, Mark; thirty two grandchildren, Lindy Beasley, Melissa Wren, Jacob Hodges, John Hodges, Cody Hodges, Amber Campise, Kristy Carpio, Stacy Tomlinson, Jody Luckey, Tammy Dutschke, Kyle Flippin, Garrett Flippin, Sondra Flippin, Katie Parsons, Craig Laird, Todd Laird, Lindsay Laird, Abby Laird, Kyle Brightwell, Garrett Brightwell, Tate Brightwell, Carson Brightwell, Taryn Brightwell, Trace Brightwell, Sullivan Hodges, Madison Hodges, Whitney Hodges, Amanda Wall, Parker Wall, Caitlyn Wall, Connor Wall, Caroline Wall; his siblings, Carl L. Hodges and his wife, LaMarilys Hodges of Carnegie, OK, and Virginia Elledge and her husband, Jim of Spring, Texas; fourteen great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • FAMILY

  • Sue Briley Hodges, Wife
  • Steve & June Hodges, Son & Daughter-in-law
  • Larry & Theresa Hodges, Son & Daughter-in-law
  • Dick & Nancy Hodges, Son & Daughter-in-law
  • Eddie & Tammy Hodges, Son & Daughter-in-law
  • Kathy & Kevin Laird, Daughter & Son-in-law
  • Kristi Brightwell and husband, Kevin, Daughter
  • Cindy & Mark Wall, Daughter & Son-in-law
  • Carl L. & LaMarilys Hodges, Brother & Sister-in-law
  • Virginia & Jim Elledge, Sister & Brother-in-law
  • Stacy Tomlinson, Grandchild
  • Lindy Beasley, Grandchild
  • Melissa Wren, Grandchild
  • Jacob Hodges, Grandchild
  • John Hodges, Grandchild
  • Cody Hodges, Grandchild
  • Amber Campise, Grandchild
  • Kristy Carpio, Grandchild
  • Jody Luckey, Grandchild
  • Tammy Dutschke, Grandchild
  • Kyle Flippin, Grandchild
  • Garrett Flippin, Grandchild
  • Sondra Flippin, Grandchild
  • Katie Parsons, Grandchild
  • Craig Laird, Grandchild
  • Todd Laird, Grandchild
  • Lindsay Laird, Grandchild
  • Abby Laird, Grandchild
  • Kyle Brightwell, Grandchild
  • Garrett Brightwell, Grandchild
  • Tate Brightwell, Grandchild
  • Carson Brightwell, Grandchild
  • Taryn Brightwell, Grandchild
  • Trace Brightwell, Grandchild
  • Sullivan Hodges, Grandchild
  • Madison Hodges, Grandchild
  • Whitney Hodges, Grandchild
  • Amanda Wall, Grandchild
  • Parker Wall, Grandchild
  • Caitlyn Wall, Grandchild
  • Connor Wall, Grandchild
  • Caroline Wall, Grandchild
  • F O U R T E E N, Great-Grandchildren
  • N U M E R O U S, Nieces & Nephews
  • Carl Leslie Hodges, Father
  • Agnes Wesby, Mother
  • Marie Walter, Sister
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Kevin Brightwell
  • Dick Hodges
  • Eddie Hodges
  • Larry Hodges
  • Steve Hodges
  • Kevin Laird
  • Mark Wall

Services

  • VISITATION Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Rosary Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Monday, March 12, 2018
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Charles F. Hodges

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Mike Elledge

April 6, 2018

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Mike Elledge

March 12, 2018

I was born in 1952. I was blessed to share my Uncle Charlie's company for 65 years.
I am truly thankful for all that time.
I saw him three days before he passed. We cried when we saw each other.
You know, at my age of 65, I realize that our folks are not going to be here forever.
Our dear Aunt Lemi is the youngest of the bunch. After her, I am next in line.
It really kind of opens your eyes.
Hug everyone, every day, that you love. Life is precious and any of us can experience troubles at any time we did not expect.
I have been honored to have experienced the teasing and kidding man that my Uncle Charlie was. He made me cry more than once.
Once, long ago, while walking through remote paths in a park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, he yelled that my Dad had been attacked and kidnapped by Indians. We were all crying. Then, my Dad showed up from behind a rock and they both got a good laugh.
Uncle Charlie howled like a wolf outside our bedroom window one night when we were all spending the night together and, once again, got us all crying.
As very young men, I witnessed him and Uncle Louie run and leap over the picnic tables at the park where we were all having lunch.
Can you imagine Uncle Charlie jumping over a picnic table? I saw it with my own eyes.
They were just showing off to the girls.
I knew them all when they were still kids.
I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Besides my Dad, my Uncle Charlie was my first hero.
I'll never forget him.
He still makes me cry.
I love you all.

Mike Elledge

March 12, 2018

3/10/18
There were four siblings. Two boys and two girls.
Born to who I knew as Nana and Grandpa.
My Mom, Virginia, was the first of the siblings to be married.
By some stroke of fate, I was the first born.
The four siblings spent a great deal of time together in the panhandle of Texas.
They all made it their mission to spoil me rotten. And they did.
My earliest memories in the mid 1950's were of a whole lot of hugs and kisses from my Aunts and Uncles.
I had them all to myself. It was wonderful!
My Brother Rick was born 2 1/2 years after I was.
I had to share everyone a little bit.
My Uncle Charlie and Aunt Sue got married when I was three years old.
I proudly carried the rings down the aisle in the wedding in my best suit.
Gosh, I was cute!
Very quickly after that, the babies started coming and coming and coming. They never quit. They are still coming today.
Suddenly, I didn't have everyone to myself.
But life was filled with cousins. Actually, a whole lot of them.
What an incredible legacy!
What can possibly be better than cousins!
We were all raised in a family filled with love. There is no greater gift a parent can give their children.

Tammy Hodges

March 10, 2018

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Biography

Charles Fredrick Hodges was the second child born to Carl and Agnes Hodges of Hot Springs, Arkansas on February 13, 1931. He was later joined by two younger siblings. This was during the depression years, so things were very hard to come by! However, one thing that was never missing was love in their family. Charley enjoyed living on their small acreage where he helped take care of the cows, chickens, rabbits, and was able to have a horse all his own. He attended parochial school in Hot Springs until the 9th grade, when he went to Subiaco High School in Subiaco, Arkansas, graduating in 1948. Since good jobs were hard to find in Hot Springs, he decided to join some people from Amarillo, Texas working on their farm. Though he had never driven a tractor, he was sure he could learn, and after taking a few fence posts out, he learned to plow a straight row! While working in Amarillo, he received his draft orders to go in the Army, but since he had an uncle in the Navy, he decided to join the Navy, where he served four years. When he was discharged he returned to Amarillo, and it was here he met his wife to be, Sue Briley, at a program dance at Amarillo Junior College. They were married nine months later. Their union was blessed by seven children.

Charley worked in the restaurant business for twelve years, serving as manager for Underwood's Barbeque Cafeterias in Lubbock, Odessa, and Amarillo. Later he went as manager of Denny's Restaurant chain and the family moved to Bryan, Texas in 1968. Later, he worked for Sears Roebuck and then for ten years with Washington National Insurance Co. His next venture was to join his oldest son, Steve in an oilfield pump shop, which he retired because of poor health.

Charley was a devout Catholic, and very dedicated to saying his daily Rosary. He also helped get the Adoration Chapel at St. Joseph's Church started by going for visitation during the hardest time to fill - 2:00 to 3:00 AM daily the first year, and after that he covered an hour each week until his health failed in 2015.

Charley is predeceased by his parents, and his sister, Marie Walter.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sue; his four sons, Steve and wife, June, Larry and wife, Theresa, Dick and wife, Nancy, Eddie and wife, Tammy; three daughters, Kathy Laird and husband, Kevin, Kristi Brightwell and husband, Kevin and Cindy Wall and husband, Mark; thirty two grandchildren, Lindy Beasley, Melissa Wren, Jacob Hodges, John Hodges, Cody Hodges, Amber Campise, Kristy Carpio, Stacy Tomlinson, Jody Luckey, Tammy Dutschke, Kyle Flippin, Garrett Flippin, Sondra Flippin, Katie Parsons, Craig Laird, Todd Laird, Lindsay Laird, Abby Laird, Kyle Brightwell, Garrett Brightwell, Tate Brightwell, Carson Brightwell, Taryn Brightwell, Trace Brightwell, Sullivan Hodges, Madison Hodges, Whitney Hodges, Amanda Wall, Parker Wall, Caitlyn Wall, Connor Wall, Caroline Wall; his siblings, Carl L. Hodges and his wife, LaMarilys Hodges of Carnegie, OK, and Virginia Elledge and her husband, Jim of Spring, Texas; fourteen great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.