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Lyman A. Hodgman, III, 77, passed away at his home in Milledgeville July 26, 2017. He was predeceased by his parents Lyman A. (Jr.) and Lillian Kuehl Hodgman of Connecticut. He is survived by his daughter, Marie Hodgman-Schoeneberg (Jason Schoeneberg) and their children Tucker and Liberty of Decatur; his son, Marshall Hodgman and his son Morrison of Milledgeville; his brother, Roger Hodgman of Maine; and nephews, Matthew Hodgman of Connecticut, and Alexander Hodgman of South Carolina. The family will hold a private memorial at a later date.
Mr. Hodgman was born in Norwalk and reared in Naugatuck, Conn., where he attended public schools and enjoyed participating in YMCA activities, especially swimming. After graduating with a degree in humanities from Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia, he remained in the state to pursue a master's degree in English literature at WVU/Morgantown. He then took a "temporary" teaching position at Georgia Military College; he never left Milledgeville. He married Donna Sanders and they made their home in the city, both teaching in various schools over the years. He continued his professional education at Georgia College where he formed several long-lasting friendships among the faculty and held forth in untold numbers of hours-long discussions on the finer points of Shakespeare and Milton, among other literary giants.
When Mr. Hodgman transitioned from GMC to teach first at Central State, then at Gordon-Ivey Independent School, he always impressed his students with his love of English grammar and literature, particularly Shakespeare's work. Though he moved on, he continued to be known to many throughout the city - even people he never taught at GMC - as "The Little Major," a nickname he seemed to relish long after losing this honorary rank. His last stint in the classroom was at John Milledge Academy where he substituted for an extended period. At the conclusion of this position, he realized his progressive hearing loss was a barrier which would preclude his continuation in the field. He forever after missed teaching.
Although he could no longer teach, Mr. Hodgman continued to read voraciously, and to carry on with the long discussions he so enjoyed. He read many of the books on his favorite subjects (history and literature) available at Mary Vinson Public Library and happily discovered interlibrary loan, so he could keep on reading as long as his eyesight permitted. In light of this passion for reading, the family asks that those who wish to honor Mr. Hodgman's memory make a donation to the Twin Lakes Library System - and then go sit down with a good book!
Express online condolences at www.williamsfuneral.net.
Williams Funeral Home & Crematory of Milledgeville has charge of arrangements.
Published on July 27, 2017
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