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Originally published: 2013-03-21 10:14:06
Last modified: 2013-03-21 10:14:06

D. Glenn Hodges

D. Glenn Hodges finished his race of faith on March 20, 2013, at his home surrounded by the family that he loved.
Glenn was born on Feb. 5, 1934, in Boone, the third of four children born to Benjamin Franklin Hodges and Marilla Love Hodges. Glenn was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 48 years Betty Ann Hagaman Hodges, as well as his parents and siblings, Eula May McGhee, Betty Ruth McFarland and Kenneth Earl Hodges. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Kenny Turner.
Glenn was raised on the family farm here in Watauga County and was educated at Appalachian Elementary School, Appalachian High School and Appalachian State Teachers College.  His professional training also included classes at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., Management Training Class, San Jose, Calif., and Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro.
Glenn honorably served his country in the U.S. Army in Korea.  He was also a member of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans.
Glenn retired, in 2009, after serving for 17 years as Watauga County clerk of Superior Court. Prior to that he served as plant manager of the Boone plant and manager of operations in Newland for IRC/TRW.
Glenn was a devoted follower of Christ and loved his church family at First Baptist Church, Boone. He faithfully served as a deacon, Brotherhood president, Sunday school teacher, youth volunteer, usher, and chairman of the Education and Recreation Committee. In 2005, his church family recognized Glenn for 50 years of service as an usher. In addition, he also served the Three Forks Baptist Association as an officer and trustee.
Glenn loved his community and served his fellow citizens throughout his life. Many years ago he helped organize Watauga Opportunities and the Watauga County Little League. His civic memberships included Boone Jaycees and Early Bird Kiwanis Club. He also served on the New River Mental Health Association, N.C. Council for Business and Industry, Watauga County Medical Center board of trustees, Watauga County United Way board of directors, Watauga County Public Library board of directors, Watauga County March of Dimes, Watauga County Relay for Life, Watauga County Local School advisory board, North Carolina Advisory Council on Local Affairs, Caldwell Community College advisory board, Blue Ridge Electric Community Leaders Council and State Employees Credit Union advisory board.
Glenn's political service included serving as a Watauga Countycommissioner, Young Democrats president, Watauga County Democrat Executive Committee and congressional district chairman.
Glenn was the recipient of various awards and recognitions, including Jaycee's Outstanding Young Citizen, Watauga County Distinguished Service Award, Community Recognition Award by Boone Area Chamber of Commerce, Judicial Branch of Government Meritorious Service Award and Watauga County Democrat Party Hall of Fame. In 2009, Glenn was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of North Carolina's highest honors.
Glenn's greatest achievement is the legacy of faith and steadfast love he leaves to his beloved family. This family includes his son, Gerald Hodges and wife, Susan, of Roxboro; daughters, Anna Lynn Turner and husband, Michael, of Boone; and Carol Lea Liles and husband, Klee, of Boone. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Bradley Hodges and wife, Marci , of Apex; Brian Hodges and wife, Elise, of Arlington, Va.; Julianna Turner and fiancĂ©, Jamie Reece, of Boone; Kaden Liles of Boone; Mary Edwards and husband, Dustin, and their children of Newton,  and Daniel Turner and son of Hickory. Glenn's great-grandchildren include, Ellie Ruth Hodges, Jane Ann Hodges, Larkin John Hodges and John Arthel Hodges of Apex. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews who he loved and encouraged in so many ways. To most of them, Glenn was more like a dad , than an uncle.
The funeral for D. Glenn Hodges will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Boone. Officiating will be the Rev. Roy Dobbins of First Baptist Church, Boone, and the Rev. Jonathan Taylor of Westwood Baptist Church in Roxboro. Visitation will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Boone.
The family respectfully requests no flowers and suggests memorials to the First Baptist Church of Boone "Rise Up" Campaign, 375 West King Street, Boone, NC 28607 or to the Westwood Baptist Church of Roxboro "Pressing On Finishing Strong," P.O. Box 183, Roxboro, NC 27573.
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Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Hodges family.