Hugh Allan Hodges, 80, a native of Maryville, and a resident of Cleveland for 34 years, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, at a Chat-tanooga healthcare facility.
He was retired and had previously served as the director of the Bradley County Juvenile Division, and also worked as a property manager for several years in Cleveland and Chattanooga. He was an adjunct instructor at Cleveland State Community College and Lee University.
He was a certified teacher for more than 40 years, a licensed pilot and a licensed real estate broker. During the mid-1970s, he produced the Easter Seal Society Telethon, which was broadcast live nationwide from Hollywood, Calif. During this time, he traveled extensively throughout the United States as a business consultant, with offices in New York City, Detroit, Chicago, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
After retirement several years ago, he began working part-time as a substitute teacher in Cleveland City Schools. He also served as a school resource officer for the Cleveland Police Department at George R. Stuart Elementary School under the leadership of Principal Don Goff. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force as a search and rescue pilot. He was promoted to the rank to captain prior to being honorably discharged.
He was a 1969 graduate of Lee University and earned a bachelor of science degree in social science, education and theology with a minor in speech. He also received his master’s degree in criminal justice from Franklin University in 1995. He was also a Sunday school teacher and member of First Baptist Church in Cleveland.
He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; son, David Hodges, and wife, Dina, of Knoxville; daughter, Debbie Rieathbaum, and husband, Donnie, of Cabot, Ark.; a stepson, Mike Bradshaw, and wife, Babbett, of Mesquite, Texas; seven grandchildren: Colton Bradshaw, and wife, Jessica, Hailey Dalrymple, and husband, Matt, Landon Bradshaw, and wife, Kebby, Richard and Brenna Hodges, and Justin and Jared Rieathbaum; one great-granddaughter, Savannah Rieathbaum; and numerous nieces, nephews and special cousins, Debbie LeVan and Barbara Daily.
The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Fike-Randolph & Son Funeral Home with Pastor P.J. Harrison officiating
Interment will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors.
His family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.
The family suggests memorials be made to the First Baptist Church building fund, 1275 Stuart Road N.E., Cleveland, TN 37312.
Send a message of condolence and view the Hodges family guestbook at www.fikefh.com.
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