Herman Lee Hodge, 77, Elizabethton, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, September 1, 2012, at his residence.
A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Starlin and Clydia Overbay Hodge.
Mr. Hodge was a barber, having operated the Circle Barber Shop at Hunter for 60 years. He was also a bus driver for the Carter County School System for 33 years. He served as a custodian at Hunter First Baptist Church for eight years.
Herman had been a member of Hunter First Baptist Church for 66 years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, R.C., Bobby and Glen Hodge.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Evelyn Gouge Hodge; two sisters, Francis Lowe and Christine McClure, both of Elizabethton; and three brothers and sisters-in-law, Lawrence and Jenny Hodge, Richard and Phyllis Hodge and Hugh and Diane Hodge, all of Elizabethton. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Funeral services for Mr. Hodge will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 4, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Grant Whittenbarger officiating. Music will be provided by Patty Hodge and Bobby Miller. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 5, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, will be Russell Hodge, Jacob Noe, Mitchell McClure, Jeffery Gouge, Ronnie Wilson, Tyler Noe, Bobby Miller, Billy Grindstaff and David Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Ken Barrickman, Austin Goodwin, Allen Goodwin, J.M. Peters, Cecil Eggers, Jiggs Byers, Bill Gentry, the Senior Adult Menâ€™s Sunday School Class of Hunter First Baptist Church and men of the Burger Hut Gang. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Friends may also visit at the residence. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Herman to the Bus Ministry, Hunter First Baptist Church, 693 Highway 91, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences to the Hodge family may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.