Jeddie Ray Hodges, Sr.
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Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Thursday, January 24 , 2013 at Pritchard Baptist Church in the Old River Community for Jeddie Ray Hodges, Sr. who passed from this life on Monday, January 21, 2013 at LaSalle Nursing Home in Jena, LA following a prolonged illness.
Reverands Joey Paul, Dominic DiCarlo and Terry Doughty will conduct the funeral services. Internment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetary in Rhinehart.
Jeddie Ray Hodges, Sr., was a lifelong resident of Jena, LA. He was born on March 16, 1927 in Jena, to the union of William Thomas Hodges, Sr. and Arta Nethery Hodges. He was a lifelong educator in the LaSalle Parish school system and a champion for vocational education statewide.
Mr. Hodges graduated from Jena High School in 1943, received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1949 and a Masters of Science degree in 1952 from LSU in Vocational Agriculture Education and Education, respectively. He went on to continue his education receiving an additional 60 + hours above his Masters degree.
He began his lifelong career in education as a student teacher at Jena High School in the spring of 1949. He taught the young men of LaSalle Parish vocational agriculture from 1949 to 1964 and established one of the most successful and competitive Future Farmers of America chapters in the state. In 1964 to 1966 he served as supervisor for vocational education with the Louisiana State Dept. of Education.
From 1966 until his retirement in 1987 he served as Supervisor of Secondary Education for the LaSalle Parish school system. He was most proud of mentoring both personally and professionally young teachers and students throughout his career.
He served his Country as a Navy veteran of World War II. He served his community and state in numerous capacities. He was an active member of the Louisiana State Teachers' Association now LAE, Kiwanis Club, Louisiana and National Vocational Teachers' Asscociation receiving the Honorary State and American Farmer for service to the FFA. He was active in local and state politics serving a on the State Democratic Central Committee and representing teacher and student rights advocacy in Louisiana.
He served his God as a Christian and lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Jena, a Master Mason and Member of Michael Dempsey lodge, the Scottish Rite of Louisiana, 32 degree Shriner El Karuba and Order of the Eastern Star.
He is survived by his loving wife Maxine Bradford Hodges, three sons; Jeddie Ray Hodges, Jr. his wife Melba, William Bradford Hodges of Jena, and Dr. Tony Neil Hodges of Manhattan Beach, California; grandchildren Joel Christopher Hodges, Lauren Elizabeth Hodges, William Blaine Hodges, Fulton Pierce Hodges, and Michael Ryan Hodges. Step grandchildren BJ and Ariele Baker and his beloved mother-in-law Pergie Brooks Bradford.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William Thomas Hodges, Jr., James Aswell Hodges and Louise Hodges Breithaupt.
Pallbearers will include Blaine Hodges, Fulton Hodges, Ryan Hodges, Kevin Mayo, Jeff Paul and Dexter Ray. Serving as Honorary pallbearers will Joel Hodges, Jimmy Hodges, Tommy Hodges, Matt Hodges, Bill Hodges, BJ Baker, Louis Webster, Sr., JW Nix, Buck Owens, Mike Adams, Clyde Crooks, JL Hinkley, Jake Harp and Rev. Jesse Wayne Crooks.
The family requests that donations in memorial be made to the Cliff Williams Foundation, P.O Box 2990 Jena, LA 71342 for educational resources in LaSalle Parish Schools.
Published in The Town Talk on Jan. 24, 2013