Chief Master Sgt., retired, Clive Hodgson, age 82, went with our Lord and Savior Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Fort Walton Rehabilitation Center.
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Chief Master Sgt. Hodgson is survived by his wife, Carolyn; five children, Clive Richard, Anita, Susan, Amy, Marla and their spouses. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Lynn; and his son, David Christopher. He also leaves behind 16 grandchildren.
Clive was born on Sept. 12, 1931, in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England. He was the only son of Mrs. Florence Whitton Kilburn. As a child, he was sent to the English countryside for safety during the Nazi blitz on London. Later, he immigrated to the United States and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1956. His first duty station was Memphis airport where he learned his craft as an aircraft mechanic.
Clive's Air Force career is replete with accolades from across the Strategic Air Command to the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) and Pacific Air Forces (PACAF). Clive is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he led mobile aircraft maintenance teams on critical troubleshooting missions throughout the Republic of Vietnam. Clive served as first sergeant for the entire contingent supporting the 1980 hostage rescue attempt known as Operation EAGLE CLAW. He led the advanced echelon to the classified bare base and set up aerodrome operations for the entire effort. His vast knowledge of maintenance and aircrew personnel and operations fused the entire contingency response into a highly motivated, mission oriented, cohesive team. He proudly served his country for 32 years.
After his military retirement, Chief Master Sgt. Hodgson began a successful advertising and sign business. He eventually expanded the business to include corporations such as Tom Thumb stores and many local establishments.
Clive loved to sing and play piano. He was often the loudest voice in the church, encouraging the entire congregation to raise their voices to God. Clive was also an avid fisherman and loved taking his family out for relaxing cruises along the Emerald Coast.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m., Friday, June 6, 2014, followed by the Rosary at 7 p.m., at Emerald Coast Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at noon, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Fort Walton Beach. Interment will follow at Beal Memorial Cemetery, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home
113 Racetrack Road Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on June 6, 2014