MARION, Ky. — Leon Hodges, 78, of Marion, Ky., died Monday, December 29th at Lourdes hospital in Paducah, Ky.
He was a Korean War Veteran as well as a Kentucky Colonel. He was a retired Group Leader and Assistant Manager of Moore’s Business Forms in Marion, Ky., and Denton, Texas, as well as Sam’s Club in Nashville, Tenn. He was a deacon at Mexico Baptist Church and loved helping others with kind deeds, soft spoken words and laughter.
Mr. Hodges is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty Lou Shewcraft Hodges; as well as three children, Debra Denise Hodges of Crayne, Ky., Danny Kent Hodges and wife, Vickie, of Marion, Ky., and David Carl Hodges and wife, Tamie, of Benton. He is also survived by grandchildren, Danny Aaron Fowler of Marion, Joseph Leon Fowler and wife, Jenny, of Marion, Dana Hodges West and husband, Chris, of Cadiz, Anna Jimenez and Chris Nelson of Marion, and Matthew David Hodges and Amanda Michelle Hodges, both of Benton. He had three great-grandchildren, Emma Grace West of Cadiz, Jantzen Fowler of Marion and Brian Nelson of Marion.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Vernon Hodges and Lucy Wiggington Hodges; three sisters, Velda Lamb, Geneva Chandler and Macie Sigler; one brother, Jesse Carlos Hodges; and one great-grandson, Jayden Fowler.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, January 1st, 2009, at Mexico Baptist Church in Mexico, Ky., with Rev. Tim Burdon officiating. Burial will follow in Mexico Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion, Ky., and from 9 a.m. until service time Thursday at Mexico Baptist Church.
Military Rites will be given at the cemetery on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Mexico Baptist Church Building Fund, Mexico Baptist Church Rd., Marion, Ky. 42064; or Happy Trails Ministry, 110 N. Hayden Ave., Salem, Ky. 42078.
Condolences may be sent online at http://www.gilbertfunerals.com/.
Originally published in The Paducah Sun (Dec. 31, 2008)