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Dorothy Oldham Williams

September 2, 1924 ~ March 11, 2019

Services will be held: March 30, 2019

Hester Rouse Garner

July 9, 1931 ~ March 19, 2019

Services will be held: March 22, 2019

Sandra Faye Collins

07/01/1947 ~ March 18, 2019

Services will be held: March 21, 2019

Pastor James L. Upchurch

September 15, 1941 ~ March 17, 2019

Services will be held: March 22, 2019

Letha Faye Etheridge

6/6/1939 ~ 3/16/2019

Services will be held: March 20, 2019

Jacob Joseph Sanok, III

10/24/1952 ~ March 17, 2019

Services will be held: March 23, 2019

Wayne Allen Taylor

1-29-1943 ~ 3-16-2019

Services will be held: March 19, 2019

Karen Keith Stewart

October 9, 1961 ~ March 7, 2019

Services will be held:

Fred Simmons Hodge

2/3/1932 ~ 10/28/2018

Fred Simmons Hodge, 86, formerly of Kinston, passed away on October 28, 2018. Mr.
Hodge was born on February 3, 1932 in Bassett, Virginia to the late John Wilson Hodge and
Ioda Elizabeth Hodge. He graduated from Warwick High School, in Morrison, Va in 1950 and
then went on to serve in the US Army and fought in the Korean War. After returning from
Korea, he graduated from Elon College in 1956 with degrees in history and accounting.

After graduating from Elon, he married Anne Straughan Hodge. They lived in Asheboro and then
Burlington, NC. They moved to Kinston in 1972 and stayed there for the remainder of their life
together. Fred and Anne were married 56 years before her death in 2012. Although he started
his career in accounting in the textile industry, Mr. Hodge spent most of his career as a
salesperson for Jordan Graphics. After his retirement from Jordan Graphics, he formed Fred
Hodge Business Forms. Even though Fred was a proud graduate of Elon College, he was a
lifelong East Carolina fan. He was member of First Presbyterian Church.

He is predeceased by his wife Anne. He is survived by his children, LouAnne Hodge of Raleigh,
Fred Simmons Hodge and wife, Lisa, of Greenville, and Julia Hodge Cowlbeck and husband, Tucker, of Raleigh;
four grandchildren, Jessica Hager Lombardo and her husband Philip Lombardo of Myrtle Beach, SC,
Andrew Grayson Hager of Garner, Johnathan Logan Hodge of Greenville, and Anne Straughan
Cowlbeck of Raleigh; He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staffs of Macgregor Downs Nursing Home in Greenville, NC and
Hillcrest Nursing Home in Raleigh, NC as well as Transitions Life Care in Raleigh.

A memorial service will be held on Friday November 2, 2018 at 1:30 at First Presbyterian
Church in Kinston, NC. The family will receive friends immediately following the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden
fund or to Kinston Lenoir County SPCA. Arrangements are by Bryan-Lee funeral home of



Immediately Following Service

First Presbyterian Church
2101 N Herritage St, Kinston, NC 28501

In lieu of flowers, Memorials to First Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden or to Kinston Lenoir County SPCA.



1:30 pm

First Presbyterian Church
2101 N. Herritage Street Kinston, NC 28501


  1. Huw and Rachel Christopher

    Thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God comfort and strengthen all of you.

  2. Janice Lee Graham

    To the Hodge children and family. May these comforting words comfort you and yours during this sad time. John 5:28,29 provide a wonderful future hope. Telling us one day Christ will call to the dead and they will awaken and answer. This hope of a resurrection is again found at Acts 24:15 stating there will be a resurrection. This grand hope will benefit mankind in the near future under Christ earthly kingdom. Please visit Jw.org for more bible truths and information about Christ as an earthly king.

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