Bend In The Branch

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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Robbie

Sadly missed by the many whose lives he touched with strength, courage, and humor, Robbie walks once more.

MANNING -- Robert Clifton "Robbie" Hodge Sr., 59, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004, in Carolinas Hospital System in Florence.

Born March 24, 1945, in Manning, he was a son of A. Clifton Hodge and the late Ruby Geddings Hodge.

He was a retired disabled U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, chief warrant officer. He was a recipient of DFC, bronze star medal, air medal, Vietnam service medal, purple heart, good conduct medal, National Defense service medal, Army Commendation medal and Army aviator wings. He was twice awarded Disabled Veteran of the Year for the state of South Carolina. He was a member of the Daedalians Fraternal Organization of Military Pilots; formerly employed by Goldsmith Insurance; a former Clarendon County councilman, and was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving besides his father of Alcolu are two sons, Rob (Leslie) Hodge of Hickory, N.C., and Badge (Laura) Baker of Florence; a sister, Barbara Walker (Jim) of Surfside Beach; two daughters, Mitzi (Bryant) Boyce of Florence and Lynn Dickson of Manning; five grandchildren; and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dianne Shirer Hodge.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Clarendon Baptist Church in Alcolu. The Rev. Dr. William J. Holmes will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Kirk Carlyle. Burial with full military honors will follow in Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery in Alcolu.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Stephens Funeral Home in Manning.

Memorials may be made to Free Will Baptist Home for Children, P.O. Box 229, Turbeville, SC 29162 or to Camp Happy Days, c/o Happy Days and Special Times, 1622 Ashley Hall Road, Charleston, SC 29407.

Stephens Funeral Home and Crematory of Manning is in charge of arrangements.

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