William Richard Hodges

April 8, 1939 - March 3, 2024
William Richard Hodges

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William Richard Hodges, 84, of Morehead City NC, formerly Washington NC, passed away
peacefully Sunday, March 3rd, 2024 after a nine-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Richard was born in Washington NC to Thaddeus Richard (T.R.) and Elizabeth Sawyer Hodges.
He considered his hometown and birthplace “God’s Country” and loved growing up on the

After graduating from ECU with a B.S. in History and Physical Education, he became a lifelong
Pirate. His professional life took a different path, beginning with a career in transportation at
Texasgulf, then Hamilton Beach, continuing with various companies in Fort Worth TX and Wake
Forest NC before winding back up in the homeland, settling at and eventually retiring from
Stanadyne, where he worked as logistics manager.

Richard valued an active life and played tennis both recreationally and competitively for the
majority of his adulthood. After Alzheimer’s forced him to retire his racquet, he found joy and
companionship in his West Highland Terriers, with Sully being his last and favorite.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Blake Nicholson Hodges of Morehead City NC, two
daughters, Elizabeth Martin “Martie” Hodges Warner (husband Lloyd) and Sallie McCray
Hodges (friend Chuck) of Washington NC, and granddaughter Hannah Hodges Gahagan of
Durham NC.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, March 8th at 4:00pm at Joseph B. Paul Jr.
Funeral Service, officiated by the Reverend John H. Bonner, III. A reception will follow at the
same location.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to following charities
Alzheimers Association of Eastern NC
Beaufort County Humane Society

Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service is honored to assist the Hodges family.

The service will be livestreamed at 4pm. In the event, there are any technical difficulties, the service will be uploaded to the website at the conclusion of the service to be viewed later.

Celebration of Life

Friday, March 8, 2024
4:00 PM

Joseph B. Paul, Jr. Funeral Service - Directions
4500 US Highway 264 East
Washington, NC 27889

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  • May 01, 2024
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  • March 09, 2024
    Lee and Mary Tankard says:
    Blake, we are so sorry for your loss. Richard was such a wonderful person and Mary Elizabeth has many special childhood memories of you both. She remembers Richard trying to teach her to play horseshoes. We know that he will be terribly missed by everyone who had the joy of knowing him. Lee and Mary Mary Elizabeth and Elijah

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  • March 08, 2024
    Harry Gautier says:
    Sorry to hear of Richard's passing.

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    Sue Davenport says:
    March 8, 2024 Blake, So sorry to hear about Richard. Great memories come to mind: You and I waiting on my front porch waiting for Richard to bring the mail so you could see him ( Little did we know then you would have all the years of being together) and all the times he would talk to me about what a good Sunday School teacher my Dad, ( Mr. Beck) was when he was growing up. I believe there was as much talk about the War as there was about the Bible. I will always remember his great smile and friendly conversations. My Prayers are with you, Sally and Martie. Much love, "Sue Beck"

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    Bob Exum says:
    Will miss my cousin. Much love to his family Bob Exum

  • March 06, 2024
    Jeryl Rawls says:
    Blake I am so grateful of Richard . You both had a tough battle. Richard influenced so many people . I am today because he taught me tennis at the recreational center where he Mac work in the summers making tennis what it became Washington. Jeryl

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  • March 05, 2024
    Gary & Chantey Upton says:
    Very sorry that Richard has left us. We will miss his amazing spirit and wonderful laugh! Blake, Martie, Sally & Hannah, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • March 05, 2024
    Tina & Alan Jordan says:
    I remember Richard when I was working with John Gray. They were great tennis mates and were extremely competitive. They were good too. Always enjoyed hearing about their matches. They certainly enjoyed life to the fullest. Richard will be missed by many, but most of all his dear sweet family.

  • March 05, 2024
    Betty Mitchell Gray says:
    Rick's and my thoughts and prayers are with you, Blake, Martie and Sally. My dad thought so much of Richard and all of your family and we do too. Our sincerest condolences to you all.

  • March 05, 2024
    Reid Kugler Solomon says:
    Our thoughts are with all of you, Blake, Martie, Sally, & Hannah. Love from Reid & Joe

  • March 05, 2024
    Love, Amy, Jim, Jack & Luke Taylor says:
    Sallie and family, May all the special memories of your dad bring comfort and peace to you during this difficult time. His love of life and positive energy will continue to shine through each of you. Sending prayers and much love from New York.

  • March 05, 2024
    Sandra says:
    Dear Blake and Family, Out thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of your loss. I will certainly miss Richard at our supper club meetings. He was always so friendly and fun to be around! Love and prayers for each of you from Sandra Rhodes and Family