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William Long Hodges

July 22, 1930 - September 14, 2021

William Long Hodges, aged 91, died on September 14, 2021. He was the son of James Barnett and Frances Long Hodges of Elk Hill in Forest. He is survived by sisters: Harriette Andrews and Perry Hodges; and by J.B. Hodges, Jr. Thomas Goodwillie Hodges preceded him in death.

He is the beloved husband and stepfather, respectively, of Elisabeth Wilson Hodges and her daughter, Sylvia M. Gallagher (James “G” Gallagher); father of William Long Hodges, Jr. (Bette) of Spotsylvania, and Helen Richards of Dallas. Other daughters, Marianne Cassedy and Ann Hodges live in Roanoke. His grandchildren and greatgrandchildren include Mary Hodges, Sarah Richards, Amanda Richards, James Richards (Cassie and Riley, Sydney and Tinsley Richards,) Robin Cassedy, Natalie Cassedy, Alex Tolbert (Aubin), and Stephen Judd (Cameron and Cole and Conner Judd).

A lifelong member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Forest, serving in every capacity from alter boy, in his youth, to gardener, and lobster chef, in season, to choir director and Senior Warden. He deeply loved his church and his family. And Cornell University!

Some may remember him for his exceptional tenor voice, or appreciate the results of his volunteer work on Lynchburg’s playgrounds, or the batteaux called The Travelogue- or the Kiwanis travel series at E.C. Glass by the same name. And have you visited the restored train in Riverside Park? Bill, and many other Kiwanians, spent 10 years on that project.

On a grander scale, Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, and on the Virginia Board of Agriculture and Commerce.

A memorial service will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 2 p.m.

If you desire, a gift in memory of Bill should be sent to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. 1685 Perrowville Rd. Forest, VA 24551.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

 

A memorial service will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at a “safer” time in the near future. If you desire, a gift in memory of Bill should be sent to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. 1685 Perrowville Rd. Forest, VA 24551.

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Bill, “the Admiral” was a special close friend I met through my time in the Kiwanis Club of Lynchburg. Early on, Bill and I helped put on the popular Travelogue shows at the Fine Arts Center. Eventually, he talked me into volunteering with the batteau festival, the first year I was a camp preparer for the Kiwanis Travelog crew, until the last the of the run, when despite my fears of being on a huge wooden boat in the James River, I hopped on board and fell in love with the water, and the camaraderie. I am sorry to miss his memorial service on Dec. 4, as I will be working, but my love and prayers are with his family during this remembrance of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Posted by LuAnn Hunt on November 28, 2021

My condolences to the Hodges family.

Posted by Allen Freeman Jr on October 30, 2021

My condolences to the Hodges family.

Posted by Allen Freeman Jr on October 30, 2021

Pete & Family, Bill was a great guy, fortunate to have spent a few years gliding, pushing, and walking a bateau down the James River with you both! In addition to Bill’s rendition of “It’s a long ways to Maiden’s Landing,” one of my favorite memories was walking down to the river early one morning to prep for the day and Bill asked me “where the hell is our bateau?!” After a little searching we found it resting on the river bed full of water…his response “ we’re going to need a bigger pump!” Sending prayers your way, give my best to Bette and Mary.

Posted by Chris Hunt on September 19, 2021

Liz, I just heard of Bill’s passing and am truly sorry. What a guy! We sang together in many Gilbert and Sullivan productions, as you know. Norman was a fan among all the other singers in the area. My heart and love are with you and the family. Myrna

Posted by Myrna Blake on September 18, 2021

Liz , our sincere condolences to you and family. Bill will be missed. He truly could make one feel special that he met. His tenor music voice was very beautiful. He loved his church, and he will be missed. Blessings to you. Lois & Phil Sanders?

Posted by Lois & Phil Sanders on September 16, 2021

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