October 3, 1923 – July 29, 2012
George Lee “Butchy” Hodges, 88, passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2012, at his home in Jackson. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 PM, Thursday, August 2, 2012, at Wright and Ferguson in Ridgeland. The funeral service will be held in the chapel at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 3, with visitation preceding the service at 10:00 AM. Interment with military honors will follow at Parkway Memorial Cemetery.
Lee was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Jean Anderson Hodges; his parents, Baxter and Georgie Hodges of Lumberton, NC; his brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Maxcene Hodges of Conway, SC; and a sister, Doris Ann Hodges. He was also predeceased by his father and mother-in-law, Charles and Addie Anderson; his wife’s brother Jack and his wife Vivian Anderson; his wife’s sister Margaret and her husband Paul Bennett; his brothers-in-law, Wade Davis and Joe Totherow.
Lee is survived by his daughter, Brenda Rogers and her husband Jerrell Rogers of Jasper, AL; three grandsons, SFC Brian Rogers (currently serving in the army in South Korea) and his wife Angie of Lacey, WA; Brad Rogers and his wife Stephanie of Jasper, AL; Adam Rogers and his wife Amy of Jasper, AL; four great-grandchildren; Jacob of Lacey, WA; Alyssa and Macee of Jasper, AL; Isaiah of Jasper, AL; two sisters-in-law, Jippy Davis-Wood of Rural Hall, NC and Hilda Totherow of Winston-Salem, NC; and many precious nieces and nephews who loved their “Butchy” very much.
Lee was a salesman, engineer, and manager of several radio stations during his career. He first came to Jackson in 1959 where he worked for WJQS in the old King Edward Hotel. He was an avid golfer who played at Colonial Country Club for many years until back problems forced him to stop. He then divided his time between playing gin rummy with his friends at the club and eating and socializing with another group of friends at Scrooge’s.
Lee was a Tech. Sgt. in WWII serving as a radioman and gunner on the B-24 bombers, the Liberandos, the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group. His plane was shot down over Bulgaria on July 3, 1944, and after bailing out, his whole crew was captured. He was put in a prison camp in Shuman, Bulgaria, and remained there for eleven weeks before being freed. Lee was awarded several medals for his service, including the Purple Heart.
If desired, memorials may be made to the Fisher House Foundation at fisherhouse.org (which provides housing for families of wounded or sick military personnel while they are in the hospital), or to the woundedwarriorproject.org.
- Funeral Service Friday, August 3, 2012
- Visitation Thursday, August 2, 2012
- Visitation Friday, August 3, 2012
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August 9, 2012
Dear Brenda & Family;
My mother, Barbara Quirk & Aunt Carrie Laird were sisters. Mother told me, when Mr. Pettis called to let us know about your dad passing. You have my heartfelt Sympathy. We enjoyed Lee sharing Thanksgiving dinners with us & his lobster soup & convesations. We're sorry we didn't get to make the funeral. We just found out about it, the afternoon of the visitation & we live in Vicksbug. Cousin Matt Coleman, in Brookhaven said he would have liked to come to visitation too, but it was too short of a notice. I also had a procedure the day of the funeral. I prayed for him to be at peace & also for your strength, to get though the difficult times ahead. If you have a face book, maybe you could send me a friend request? I'm under the name Sylvia Quirk-Brown. or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org God Bless You & the Family. Sylvia Q. Brown
August 2, 2012
I was so saddened to receive the call from Mr. Pettis in learning of the passing of your Father. I admired him very much. I was so happy that he and my Sister, Carrie, had a lot of quality time together. I will miss sending him his birthday and Christmas cards and all of the telephone calls we shared. When I would call Carrie, the first thing I would ask, would be, who won the gin rummy game. I am sorry I will be unable to attend the funeral, but will contact you later. Love to you and your Family. Barbara Bliss Quirk
The Staff of Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home-Parkway Memorial Cemetery
August 1, 2012
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.