Aubrey Demile Hodgens, 90, of Albertville, passed away peacefully at his home on June 25, 2013, after an extended illness.
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He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Syble Painter Hodgens; sons, Tony Hodgens of Huntsville and Barry (Malissa) Hodgens of Cropwell; daughter, Sandra Hodgens of Albertville; sister, Ila Jo Johnson of Canton, Ga.; three grandsons, Jon Hodgens, Kirk (Tasha) Hodgens and Justin Hodgens; and two great-grandchildren, Emma Hodgens and Noah Hodgens.
Aubrey was born and raised on Sand Mountain in the New Harmony community. He served as a staff sergeant in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He served as a radio operator in the Philippines, Australia and New Guinea. After the war was over, he returned home and married the former Syble Painter. They set up housekeeping in a modest two-bedroom home on a 20 acre farm. Aubrey's initial vocation was farming, later specializing as a dairy cattle dealer. In 1950, Aubrey was ordained as a deacon in the New Harmony Baptist Church and served in that capacity for 50 years. In 1981, Aubrey was elected to the Board of Directors for the Marshall-DeKalb Electric Co-op and served in that position for 17 years. Aubrey has taken active roles in church and community, including Hospice of Marshall County and Christian Community Outreach.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today from the New Harmony Baptist Church. The body will lie-in-state from 10 a.m. until time of service. Burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery. Adams Brown Service Funeral Home directing.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Hospice of Marshall County and Christian Community Outreach.
Adams-Brown Funeral Home
6906 U.S. 431 Albertville, AL 35950
Published in The Gadsden Times on June 28, 2013