John Henry Hodge Jr.

September 3, 1924July 29, 2013

John Henry Hodge, Jr., of Charlotte, NC, passed peacefully into eternal life early Monday morning, July 29, 2013, at Asbury Care Center, after a brief period of declining health. He was 88 years old. Born September 3, 1924 in Whitmire, SC, he was a son of the late John H. Hodge, Sr. and Blanche Leggett Hodge. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, August 2, 2013, at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Clint Pressley, the Rev. John Harrill, and the Rev. Arnold Kessler officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 8:00 P.M. Thursday, August 1, 2013, in the church worship center. A member of what has been coined The Greatest Generation, John was a U.S Army, combat veteran, having served in the European Theatre during World War II with “G” Company, 3rd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. He received the Bronze Star, Two Purple Hearts and the Prisoner of War Medals. After being honorably discharged from the service in 1945, and to complete his high school education, John attended Presbyterian Junior College in Maxton, NC. He later attended N.C. State College in Raleigh. Following college, John worked with the Raleigh Police Department as an Officer. In 1956, he started work with Brink’s Inc., where he worked for a number of years before moving to Charlotte in 1968 to become Transportation Officer with a major bank. John retired as a self-employed, wholesale food distributor. John was a longtime member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, member of the Phil Johnson Sunday School Class and was involved in the music ministry for a number of years. John was an avid sportsman who enjoyed all sports, especially baseball. He even played “semi-pro” ball in his younger years. John will be remembered for his strong and unwavering faith in his Lord, Jesus Christ, and as a loving husband, father, brother, and grandpa, who found joy and satisfaction in caring for and spending time with his family. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife of 63 years, Mary Gibson Hodge, two brothers, Evann Tucker, who died as an infant, and William K. Hodge. He is survived by his five children, William Clay Hodge and wife, Kathy, of New Bern, Sheila H. Williams and husband, Skip, of Mint Hill, John G. Hodge and wife, Nina, of Charlotte, Stephen D. Hodge and wife, Patti, of Mint Hill, and Benjamin "Tom" Hodge and wife, Leslie, of Monroe; eleven grandchildren, Bryan Hodge, Christy Curley and husband, Chris, Nick Williams, Crystal Williams, Amber Williams, J.Q. Hodge and wife, Marian, Kaitlin Neal and husband, Adam, Evan Hodge and fiancée, Angel, Brandon Hodge and wife, Brandy, Brittany Allen and husband, Cody, and Christian Hodge; and his special great-granddaughter, Caroline Curley. John is also survived by his two sisters, Peggy Smith and husband, Lawrence, of Laurinburg, and Tecora Steen and husband, Lynn, of Lindale, TX; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. The family offers a heart-felt thank you to the physicians, nurses and staff that have cared for John during recent weeks. The family also offers their most sincere appreciation to the Aldersgate staff and residents for making John feel welcome and a part of your very special community for the past year and a half. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Hearts and Hammers Ministry, 6050 Hickory Grove Road, Charlotte, NC 28215. Arrangements under the direction of McEwen Funeral Service - Mint Hill Chapel, Mint Hill, NC. Condolences may be offered at


  • Funeral Service Friday, August 2, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, August 1, 2013

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Phyllis Crump

August 9, 2013

So very sorry for your loss. I am sure your dad was a wonderful person. We share your grief as just a couple of weeks ago you helped us so much with our mom's funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones at this time. You have our deepest sympathy.
Sally Cochran Family- Mint Hill, NC

Mary Sloane Funderburk

August 4, 2013

You have my deepest sympathies in the loss of your father.

Susan & Louis Wachsmuth

August 4, 2013

Sheila,Clay,Stephen,John,Tommy,and Family,
We were so sad to learn of your loss. Your Dad was probably the nicest man we have ever known. Aunt Marie simply adored your Mom and Dad as well as your whole family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Susan and Louis

Peggy and Lawrence Smith

August 2, 2013

You will always be missed.

Larry Smith

August 2, 2013

Uncle John was a good man.

Joan Hardin

August 2, 2013

My deepest sympathy to the Hodge family.Your Dad was one of a kind he always lit up the room with his smile and was always a happy man keep remembering all the great memories he was a special man.I will keep all of you in my thoughts and my prayer's.Love Joan Kelly Hardin

Lisa Bryne

August 2, 2013

Sheila and Family
I am so sorry for your loss, you are in our prayers and thoughts.

August 2, 2013

In this time of celebration, I know you are proud and grateful for the life of this most excellent father and grandfather! His legacy and honor continue in you. Rejoice and be glad, for great are the rewards in heaven. Love to you, along with much grace and peace. Verlie Stevens

Kay Gaddy

August 1, 2013

We are so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He sounds like he was a wonderful person.
You so graciously helped us plan our beloved husband, dad and grandfather's funeral just a week and a half ago. I was shocked to see your dad passed so soon after.
You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you in you grief of losing your loved one.
The Bill Gaddy Family (Kay, Todd, Gail, Amanda & Jennifer)

August 1, 2013

My prayers and thoughts are with your family!!! He seems like a fun man to know!!! God Bless all of your during this difficult time...he's dancing with the Angels above!!! Steph LeCato