He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Laurence Pugh and Helen Louise Pugh, and his paternal grandparents, Jacob Hodgson and Edith Hodgson Whitaker.
He was born on Nov. 29, 1961, in Akron, Ohio. His family moved to Kingsport during his sophomore year of high school. He then went on to attend and graduate from ETSU. For 17 years, he was a manager for US Airways in several cities before making Cleveland his home and becoming the owner/operator of Chick-fil-A at Keith Street in 2000.
He was devoted in every aspect of his life. He served his community in many ways as a business owner, community leader and humanitarian, being led the entire time by his Lord and the servant’s heart he was blessed with. He was a man that lived life to the fullest and took every opportunity to love and serve the people he came into contact with.
He was an incredibly family oriented man who did everything he could to make sure that he was leading them in the direction that God saw as fitting. This was evident through the mission statement that he and his family created: “We will trust the Lord with all our hearts. We will seek His wisdom daily and acknowledge Him in our lives with our speech and actions. We know when we place our lives in His hands, He will shape our future for His glory.”
The common thread throughout Mark’s lifetime was that he loved big and served well, making the most of every opportunity. He measured success not by what he received but by what he gave.
He is survived by his wife, Jymme Ann Hodgson; his three sons: Jack Dye, Jacob Hodgson, and John David Dye; his parents, Don and Sandra Hodgson; his brother, Brian Hodgson; his sister, Lisa Sullivan, and many other beloved extended family members.
A celebration of life service is set for Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1275 Stuart Rd NE, Cleveland, TN 37312 with the Rev. Steve Morgan and the Rev. Rusty Asble officiating.
The family will be receiving friends prior to the service from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be a private burial to follow. Brian Hodgson, Terry O’Neal, Lee Cigliano, Garry Rodgers, David Cornell and Bartlee Norton will be serving as pallbearers. Hodgson’s Cleveland Chick-fil-A team members will be serving as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Manna Ministry at Mark’s home church, First Baptist Church of Cleveland, or to the building fund at Indian Springs Baptist Church, 325 Hill Road, Kingsport, TN 37664.
You are invited to share a personal memory of Mark or your condolences with his family at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral Home and Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Hodgson family with these arrangements.