On December 3, 2019 at Riverside Hospital in Newport News, Virginia, one of God’s glorious angels swept down near the bedside of Lemuel Edward Hodge and quietly carried him to the waiting arms of the Savior. He was born July 18, 1939 to Lemuel and Mildred Hodge in Raleigh, North Carolina.
While “Ed” never married or had children, he lived a full life. He worked as a DJ at a radio station, worked at a barbershop in downtown Raleigh, sang in a church quartet and fashioned himself as a preacher of the Word. His Christian background was solidified at St. Paul AME Church in Raleigh. As a child he attended Sunday School, Junior Church, Regular Church services, ACE League, and Vacation Bible School.
Ed had a knack for taking things apart and putting them back together better than they were before. He would clean each part of a radio…a clock…or some other equipment and meticulously tighten the parts and put them back in their original places. He loved gospel music, singing, and hearing the Word of God. He was, indeed, a friendly fellow, but had a very strong will for whatever he wanted to do.
Ed Hodge, known as “Butch Hodge” in his early years was preceded in death by his parents, Lemuel and Mildred. He is survived by his sister, Doris Hodge Dancy (Yorktown, VA) his brother-in-law, Willie Dancy, Jr. (Yorktown) nieces Monica Dancy-Hayes, and Tara Dancy Abaya, (Yorktown), his great nieces, Cadence Abaya, Tali Dancy and Zoey Hayes along with many other relatives and friends.
While fleeting time here on earth has found its end for him, he leaves his family and friends lasting memories of his love for the Dallas Cowboys, “How ‘bout dem Cowboys,” his self named position of President of the United States of America, his laughter, his unconditional love for his sister, and the joy that he brought to those who knew him.
Funeral service at 11:00 AM Thursday December 12, 2019 at the C.A. Haywood, Sr. Memorial Chapel preceded by a 10:00 AM visitation. Interment will follow at Carolina Biblical Gardens.
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