Mr. Matthew M. Hodnett Jr.

September 22, 1934September 18, 2013

Matthew Merle Hodnett passed from death unto life September 18, 2013 after an extended illness. He was born in LaGrange, GA on September 22, 1934. Hodnett graduated Lagrange High School, attended University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Woodrow Wilson College of Law, Lockheed-Emory Management Institute, the University of Pittsburgh Executive Management Program, Lockheed Senior Management Institute, and the Lockheed Executive Institute. Hodnett served on the Board of Directors for the Lockheed Credit Union, the Board of Directors of Lockheed Support Services Inc. Arlington, Texas, a member of the Chi Psi Fraternity, National Contract Management Association, and Aerospace Industries Association as Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Spare Parts Committee, Society of Logistics Engineers, Navy League, and the National Management Association. Matt Hodnett joined Lockheed at the Marietta Georgia Plant in 1955 as an assembly helper, and after 33 years services was responsible for the total worldwide support of Lockheed’s Transport Aircraft including the C-130 Hercules, Jet Star, and C141 & C5 Galaxy. In June of 1988 Matt Hodnett was named President of Lockheed Aeromod Center in Greenville, SC. Hodnett was instrumental in guiding the company through further expansion having bought and won Lockheed Corporations approved to open a new commercial maintenance facility in Tucson, Arizona. The new $25 Million dollar corporation opened December 1991, and employed more than 1700 employees. He was an active member in the Greenville, SC community where he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greenville SC Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Greenville Technology College School of Aircraft Maintenance Technology, a member of the Greenville Technology College Founders Board of Directors, and a member of the Freedom Weekend Aloft Board of Directors. In 1993, Hodnett retired to his country home with his wife of 58 years Sandra McGuire Hodnett in Pine Mountain, GA. Matthew Hodnett is survived by his wife Sandra McGuire Hodnett, Children Mark and Mary Ann Hodnett, Craig and Debbie Hodnett, and Lisa Baird, six grand children, Nathan and Nickolas Stein, Hunter and Haley Hodnett, Brittany and Gentry Baird, and one sister, Dorothy Ruth Hodnett. His greatest accomplishment and love was to the Lord Jesus Christ and his service as a soldier to the Kingdom of God. He was 79 years old. He was a son, he is a son! The Funeral Services will be Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. in the Striffler-Hamby Mortuary Chapel. The Gathering of family and friends will be from 1 P.M. - 3 P.M. prior to the service at the funeral home. With burial to follow in the Oak Grove Congregational Christian Church Cemetery. Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, September 21, 2013
  • Funeral service Saturday, September 21, 2013

Mr. Matthew M. Hodnett Jr.

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Ted & Nan Jackson

September 24, 2013

Sandra, we were so saddened to hear of Matt! We have so many fond memories of our days together. However happy he is now, I'm sure we will all miss him and long to join him one day soon... We will be praying for you cause I'm sure it's a loss like non other. We pray God will comfort you as only He can.

Faye Benjamin

September 22, 2013

To Sandra and the Hodnett family: I am saddened to hear of Matt's death. However I greatly rejoice for him as I know he is in the presence of his King Jesus! I remember how he, along with you, Sandra, prayed for me diligently during my mission work over seas and upon my return to the States. I will not forget the spiritual leadership he provided for me and the constant encouragement he gave to me. I live on it even today. I know without a doubt that if Matt had the chance to come back here, he wouldn't. So enjoy eternity with Jesus, Matt. And when I 'm done down here I will join you.

God Bless you, Sandra, and the Hodnett Family!

Bill Hopper

September 22, 2013

Matt Hodnett was the consummate Christian husband, father and grandfather...Well done, Mr. Hodnett. It was an honor to know you and always feel welcome in your home.

Barry Cook

September 20, 2013

We are deeply saddened by Mr. Hodnetts passing. God Bless You and the entire family.

alan manis

September 20, 2013

Lori and I wish to express our condolences to the Hodnett family. He was a fine gentleman.