WINTERVILLE - Mr. Jesse Thomas "J.T." Hodges, 88, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. The funeral service will be conducted Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Todd McDonald. Burial will be in Pinewood Memorial Park with military honors.
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Mr. Hodges, a native of Beaufort County, moved to Greenville in 1953, and had been a resident of the Winterville community for 34 years. He served in the United States Army during World War II in the First Infantry Division and participated in the Normandy Invasion. In 1982, he retired from DuPont, as a technical assistant after 30 years of service. A member of Grace Church, Mr. Hodges enjoyed gardening, fishing, and was an avid reader. He also loved pampering his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Gary Stephen Hodges; wife, Nora Edwards Hodges; parents, James Henry and Mary Waters Hodges; brother, James Henry Hodges; and a sister, Allie Grey Alligood.
Surviving are sons, Randy Hodges and wife, Donna, and Ronald Hodges and wife, Pam, all of Winterville; grandchildren, Angie Lamm, of Homestead, Fla., Becky Hodges of Greenville, Ashley Hodges and fiance, Eddie McMillion, of Greenville, Jacob Guttu Hodges of Winterville, and Ryan Hodges of Winterville; great-grandchildren, Jesse Wayne Morgan, of Greenville and Charlise Moore, of Homestead, Fla.; and a sister, Iris Blankenship, of Virginia Beach, Va.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Daily Reflector on Feb. 23, 2013