Charles "Mike" Hodges Charles "Mike" Hodges passed away on Friday, June 21, 2013, at Fauquier Hospital after a long battle with prostate cancer. Mike was born to Cora Pauline Hopper and Charles "Livy" Hodges in Leakesville, North Carolina, on February 6, 1948. In July of 1967, Mike joined the United States Air Force and met his wife, Susan Hatt, while stationed at Plattsburg Air Force base in New York. They married in 1968, and then in 1971, their daughter, Amee, was born in the Air Force Hospital there. At the end of his four year enlistment in 1971, Mike continued in the reserves until he was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 1973. While in the Reserves, he joined the Virginia State Police. He moved his family to Fauquier County, where he and his wife welcomed their second daughter, Christine, in 1973. Mike proudly served as a Virginia State Policeman for almost 30 years, being promoted to Master Trooper and retiring as a Sergeant in 2000. Mike loved being a state policeman - meeting new people, influencing young people's lives in a positive way, helping others, and proudly serving his state and country. He was respected, well-liked, and admired by many in his community and received numerous accommodations, awards, and recognition from the state, the community, and local schools. He was awarded the Certificate of Merit from President Jimmy Carter and the American Red Cross in 1979, for administering CPR to a cardiac arrest victim. This award is the highest award given by the American Red Cross and is given only to those who "exemplify the highest ideal of the concern of one human being for another who is in distress." After retiring from the State Police, Mike went to work, part-time, for the United States Customs and Border Control as a Special Investigator. While he loved being a trooper, his greatest joys in life were his family. He was married to the love of his life for 44 years and believed that the Lord had given him the greatest gift when he found and fell in love with his wife, Susan. When his wife was diagnosed in 2010 with Lymphoma, he devoted his time and energy in nursing her through chemo and into remission. Besides his beloved wife, he felt blessed to be given his daughters, Amee Hodges-Kreh and Christine Hodges Goudeau. He was a very hands-on dad who always tried to schedule work around school field trips, birthdays, holidays, and everyday life with his girls. Though he had no natural born sons, he was grateful for the two men who became more his sons than his "sons-in-laws," Tim Kreh and Paul Goudeau. His favorite past times involved watching the Redskins games with his sons-in-law or helping them with building projects. In the last 15 years of his life, his life became centered around his five grandchildren, Megan, Jake, Charlie, Nick, and Emily. He loved to play football with his grandsons and dance with his granddaughters, and never missed an event in their lives. His grandchildren were so grateful to have their "Papa" in their lives. His family thought of him as the "light of their lives" and will miss him every second of every day for the rest of their lives. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles Livingston and Cora Pauline Hodges; and his sisters, Barbara Jo and Betty Sue Smith. In addition to his wife, Susan Hodges of Warrenton, he is survived by his daughters and sons-in-laws, Amee and Tim Kreh of Culpeper, and Christine and Paul Goudeau of Amissville; and his five grandchildren, Megan and Charlie Kreh, and Jake, Nick, and Emily Goudeau. Additionally, he is survived by two brothers and their families both of Tennessee, Jimmy and Jeannie Hodges, and David and Tammy Hodges and their children, Blake and Hannah Hodges. He is also survived by his three nieces, Lea Smith and Amy Smith of Danville, Virginia, and Lisa Smith Wright of Dry Fork, Virgina. The family will receive visitors at Moser's Funeral Home in Warrenton, Virginia, on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, from 6 until 8 p.m. and again on Thursday, June 27, 2013, from 1 until 2 p.m. The Funeral will be at Moser's Funeral Home on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 2 p.m. with graveside services to follow at Little Georgetown Cemetery in Broad Run, Virginia. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Virginia State Police Association (VSPA) general fund at www.vspa.org
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This obituary was originally published in the Culpeper StarExponent.