October 15, 2013

Bill Hodges

The Express-Star

— Bill Hodges

William Thomas (Bill) Hodges was born in Oil City, Oklahoma on December 18, 1936 to Albert and Thelma (Rose) Hodges.  He went home to be with the Lord on October 13, 2013 following a sudden hemorrhage of the brain.  He graduated from St. Louis (Oklahoma) High School in 1954 and attended East Central University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959.  There, it was love at first sight when he met Geraldine Walters.  They were married in May of 1960.

Bill served in the Army Reserved for approximately 10 years, beginning in 1959.  He has been a teacher, girls’ basketball coach, and principal at high schools in Wanette and Prague.  He continued his education and received his Master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and later received counselor certification.  In 1967, he went to work for the State Department of Education where he served as Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.  He officed 25 of his 32 years at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.  In 1997, Bill received a lifetime achievement award and in 1998, he received the “Professional of the Year” award, both from the state of Oklahoma.  Bill was a member of Chickasha Rotary Club for more than 30 years and served as president in 1979-1980.

Bill and Geraldine moved to Chickasha in 1970, where they became members of First Baptist Church.  There Bill served as deacon, chairman of the deacons, Sunday school teacher, accounting officer, and on several committees.

Although Bill was retired, he and Geraldine started B&G Housing in 1980, and began purchasing, remodeling, and managing rental properties, a hobby which he enjoyed until his death.

Bill leaves an incredible legacy to his children, grandchildren, friends, and family.  He was diagnosed with a peripheral neuropathy disorder at the age of 50 which severely affected his walking.  In spite of his circumstances, he faced each day with a joyful spirit and a positive attitude.  He courageously surpassed doctor’s expectations of this disease, serving his church and community, working on his rental property, and traveling with his wife and family.  He never met a stranger and was considered a friend to all.  He loved the Lord and taught his family well.  “The righteous who walks in his integrity – blessed are his children after him!” Proverbs 20:7.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Thelma Hodges, a sister and brother-in-law, Al and Manie (Hodges) Roach, and brother-in-law, Jerry Austin.

Survivors include: his wife of 53 years, Geraldine Hodges, daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Dr. Craig Denton of Oklahoma City, son and daughter-in-law, Brent and Mary Hodges of Germantown, MD, and daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Paul Scott of Duncan, OK; 3 sisters, Deloris Wilsie and husband Darryl of Tecumseh, Wynell Austin of Tecumseh, and Mary McNeal and husband Dr. E.L. McNeal of Sanger, TX.  He has also been blessed with 10 grandchildren, Hunter (and fiancé Abbey McNeill) Parker, Camden, and Courtlan Denton; Brittany, Courtney, and Blake Hodges; and Braden, Brooklyn, and Britton Scott and a host of nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 17, at First Baptist Church, Chickasha under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Foster Cemetery, Foster, OK at 3:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.