Benjamin  Hodges
Benjamin Franklin Hodges went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, while in his apartment at Fellowship Home at Meriwether. Services will be held Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Moores Funeral Home with the Rev. Craig Portwood officiating. Burial will be for family only at Baldwin Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
He was born Aug. 3, 1923 in Claxton, Ga. to the parents of Benjamin Terrell Hodges and Gussie Dyess Hodges. When he was 19 years old, he joined the U.S. Army Air Forces where he was an airplane and engine mechanic where he served during WWII. He met and married Jennie E. Small in 1946. They were married almost 70 years in 2015 when she died.
Mr. Hodges worked with his brother Chester at a Sinclair Service Station, Hodges Service Station, B.P., Standard Oil and then Chevron for 40 years. When he retired, he began working with his son Ben doing lawn care and retired from that business at 88 years old. He had many talents and hobbies. He loved to garden and planted beautiful rose gardens around his home. In a single summer he would have three separate vegetable gardens placed around town. During the holidays he would make chocolate and fruitcake cookies. He made sure these goodies were delivered to neighbors, friends and customers.
In the summer he made homemade Kosher dills that tasted better than any store-bought pickle.
After the children grew up, he and his wife loved to travel to the North Georgia Mountains, and in later years they traveled with his daughter and son-in-law, Bob. He went fishing at Lake Powel in Utah, ice fishing in Colorado, and spent Christmas at Rockefeller Center in New York, and his favorite was eating lobster rolls in Maine.
Mr. Hodges was a charter member of Pathfinders Christian Church and loved going to church and Sunday school service and seldom missed a service. He and his wife volunteered for projects such as Make a Difference Day and the building of the Maranatha Store. Anyone who knew him would agree that he had a remarkable memory and a heart of gold.
He often donated whatever was needed to towns that were hit by natural disasters. He also raised money for cattlemen during the drought of 1986.
Survivors include his daughter, Mona Rae Koper (Robert) of Silt, Colo.; a son, Benjamin Franklin Hodges Jr. of Milledgeville; two grandchildren, Kristin Mary Levy and Teresa Eileen Koper; three great grandchildren, Alexander Teresa Levy, Gabriella Michelle Levy and Delanie Kristina Montover.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 1 until 2 p.m. at Moores Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Pathfinders Christian Church 120 Ernest Byner St., Milledgeville, Ga. 31061.
Visit www.mooresfuneralhome.com to express tributes.
Moores Funeral Home & Crematory has charge of arrangements.
Published on February 19, 2020

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Jean Bailey
Feb 24, 2020
With deep sympathy, we share your sorrow. John 5:28, 29