He graduated from Jay High School in 1959 and earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Tulsa in 1963. Jim retired from Arrow Mirror & Glass in Houston as Chief Financial Officer and was a member of the Episcopal Church. A lifelong fan and youth baseball coach, he embodied the lessons of the game - teamwork is the best work, keep your eye on the ball, aim for the fences, sacrifice is necessary in the most crucial moments.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Charlotte, of Austin, Texas; son Jeff Hodges (Julie) of Austin; daughter Jennifer Hodges (Kevin Benoit) of Orlando, Florida; grandson Joshua Hodges (Allison) of Temple, Texas; granddaughter Jordan Hodges of Austin; brother Everett Hodges of McLoud, Oklahoma; sister Susie Thornton (Clifford) of Noel, Missouri; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family is immensely grateful for the love and support of caregivers, family, lifelong friends and many wonderful neighbors throughout his life.
"Many months have come and gone
Since I wandered from my home
In those Oklahoma Hills where I was born.
Many a page of life has turned
Many a lesson I have learned
Yet I feel like in those hills, I still belong."
Our strong and loyal patriarch has ridden off into the hills to catch the setting sun. We will miss him forever.
A celebration of life is planned for a later date. In his honor, donations may be made to Hospice Austin (4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, TX 78759) or The Settlement Home for Children (1600 Payton Gin Road, Austin, TX 78758).
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