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Glenn Hodges as he neared retirement in March 2009. File photo.

Originally published: 2013-03-20 17:37:14
Last modified: 2013-03-21 15:33:05

Former Clerk of Court Glenn Hodges dies

Community members are remembering fondly the professional service and the enduring faith of former Watauga County Clerk of Court Glenn Hodges, who died Wednesday morning at his home at age 79.

Hodges stepped down in March 2009 after more than 16 years as clerk. Upon his retirement, he was presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina's highest civilian honor.

Hodges also was a native of Watauga County, a U.S. Army veteran and a former Watauga County commissioner.

"Glenn approached everything with a positive outlook," said Diane Cornett Deal, the current Clerk of Court, who worked with Hodges the entire time he was clerk. "He loved the people that he served here in the county. He was faithful to this place all those 16 years. He was always here; we had to make that man take vacation!"

Hodges literally wrote the book on being a clerk of court.

For several years, he was involved in the effort to craft the first official clerk's manual, a two-volume instructional guide for clerks to use across the state, Deal said.

Hodges was born in the Oak Grove community and attended Appalachian Elementary. He served in Korea after graduating from Appalachian High School.

When he returned home, Hodges became an employee of IRC Inc., an electronics component manufacturer in Boone. Later, Hodges attended Appalachian State Teachers College and returned to IRC after earning a degree in industrial arts.

Hodges remained with the company for 34 years and rose to become manager prior to serving as clerk of court.

Deal said Hodges' faith was important to him and visible in the way he lived his life. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Boone, she said.

"Even here in this office, you could see that in his work ethics and just his overall demeanor," she said.

George Miles, a close friend, said he got to know Hodges through the church.

"He was very active, and if you went to church there, you were in contact with him," Miles said.

For 15 or 20 years, Hodges shared his garden spot with Miles, who didn't have one. The two tended vegetables together until Hodges was no longer able.

"He was a doer," Miles said. "He was constantly doing, working, so he couldn't watch."

Miles remembered Hodges as a fast friend, honest and capable, with a fine family.

Hodges' wife of 48 years, Betty Ann Hagaman Hodges, preceded him in death. The couple had three children.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Boone, officiated by the Rev. Roy Dobbins of Boone and the Rev. Jonathan Taylor of Westwood Baptist Church in Roxboro. The family will accept visitors from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Boone.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Service is assisting the Hodges family.