James Urban “Jimmie” Hodges, 91, died Thursday, May 26, 2011, at Renaissance Villa Care Center in Rockdale.

Cryptside services were held Saturday, May 28, at Tyler Memorial Park Field of Honor Mausoleum w ith Rev. Jack Chelf officiating.

Mr. Hodges was born Dec. 19, 1919, to C. M. and Roberta (Dunavant) Hodges in Kinta, Oklahoma. He moved with his family to Arp in 1930.

On April 15, 1939, he graduated and received special academic honors in accounting from Tyler Commercial College.

Mr. Hodges volunteered for military service on Nov. 9, 1942, and served in the 302nd Airdrome Squadron of the 9th Air Force as an airplane mechanic in the European Theatre of Operations in World War II.

After his return from France, he married Bobbie Keosoff.

Mr. Hodges worked as an accountant and continued his education.

In 1966, he became a journeyman pipe and instrument fitter and later relocated from East Texas to Washington State.

Following a divorce, he married Margaret Spaulding in Bellingham, Washington, on Jan. 15, 1972.

Retirement brought him back to the Tyler area of East Texas, and with the death of Margaret in 2002, he moved to Rockdale to be near family.

A true introvert he will be remembered for his quick wit and quiet manner.

The youngest of 13 children, he was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

Survivors are a son, James R. Hodges and wife Leesa of Bryan; a daughter, Annette Stone and husband Frankie of Rockdale; granddaughters Amie King and husband Matt of Pf lugerville, Ashley Sparkman and husband Kyle of Amarillo, Kendall Hay and husband A nd rew of St. Andrews, Scotland, and Caitlin Hodges of Washington D.C.; great-grandchildren Marillah and Edward King, John Kyle, Reagan, Blythe and Cannon Sparkman, and Amelie Hay; and his loving care- giver, Nancy Willis, and the caring staff of Renaissance Villa.

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