Dr. James Hodges was born in Blair, Oklahoma. He married Doris Crawford of Arpelar, Oklahoma in 1951. They enjoyed 66 years of marriage which took them on trips and adventures throughout the United States and Europe during his United States Air Force career.
After retiring as a Lt. Col, James joined Pee Dee Pathology in Florence, SC. He worked at the McLeod Hospital for 10 years before his retirement.
Academically, he obtained degrees from Tahlequah College, Oklahoma; The University of Southern California; and The Ohio State University.
While in the USAF, he served in Korea. He was awarded numerous commendations, medals, and honors while serving his country for 25 years. He became a licensed pilot in Germany in 1960.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Hodges; three children and their spouses - Debra (Ted) Layne of Boulder, Colorado, David (Donna) Hodges of Dallas, Texas, and Jimmy (Elaine) Hodges of Hartsville, SC; a sister, Barbara Cobb of Stigler, OK, his grandchildren - Christopher (Denise) Hodges of Portage, Indiana, Todd (Jenna) Layne of Golden, Colorado, Scott (Tiana) Layne, of Waipahu, Hawaii, Krista Hodges of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Kate Hodges of Dallas, Texas, his great grandchildren – Cailee Hodges, Camryn Hodges, Alex Hodges, Dash Layne, Jax Layne, Tiare Layne, and Mahina Layne. He is preceded in death by his parents - Clifford and Mary Hodges of Stigler, Oklahoma; one sister, Yvonne Campbell of Stigler, Oklahoma; and a grandson, Jason Hodges of Houston, Texas.
James greatest joy for the past 58 years was flying. He died in a plane crash doing what he enjoyed most in life. He always had a joke for his friends at the Florence FBO and South Carolina Fly-in Breakfast Club. “Doc” will be remembered by his flying buddies for his sense of humor and passion for flying.
He will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery in Florence, SC on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 10 am. The family will receive guests at the cemetery immediately following the service.
Funeral arrangements are being performed by Kiser Funeral Home in Cheraw, SC.