Hollie Richard Hodges of Knoxville, TN passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at the age of 83.
He was born on March 26, 1934 in Davy, WV.
He attended Spanishburg High School where he met the love of his life, Betsy Lee Robinette. After graduating in 1952, he joined the United States Navy and attended Fleet Sonar School in Key West, FL. He was honorably discharged in June of 1956 and served in the Naval Reserves until July of 1960. He received his bachelor's degree from Morris Harvey College in Charleston, WV and went on to earn his master's degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He began his career with NASA at the Johnson Space Center in the early 1960's where he remained until he retired in the 1980's. He and Betsy were married in September of 1952. They shared a love of travel and did so extensively throughout the world visiting a total of 31 different countries.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years Betsy Lee Hodges, his parents Hollie and Beatrice Hodges and his sister Emily Hodges.
He is survived by his sister Betty Jane Meadows, daughter Sherry (Don) Kilbourn, son Steve Hodges (Zina Taylor), grandchildren Donny (Leslie) Kilbourn, Jon (Britney) Kilbourn, Katie Kilbourn, Kim (Spencer) Peake, and Megan Hodges, great-grandchildren Andrew, Max, Price, Lucy, Betsie, and Henry and his special aunt Emily Williams, and an extended family that includes nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Services will be held at Roselawn Funeral Home and Cemetery in Princeton, West Virginia on Saturday, December 9, 2017 with visitation between 11am and 12pm and a celebration of life service between 12pm and 1pm with burial immediately following. Pastor Ralph Calfee with officiate the service.
In lieu of flower, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Alzheimer's Tennessee, 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37919.
To leave online condolences for the family, please visit www.roselawnfuneral.com.
Roselawn Funeral Home and Cemetery, 450 Courthouse Road, Princeton is honored to be serving the family.
Published on December 7, 2017