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Grew up and lived in Douglas County Rolla A. Hodges, the son of Edmond Hodges and Eugenia E. (Summers) Hodges, was born Dec. 14, 1921 in Douglas County, and departed this life July 30, 2007 at the age of 85.
Rolla grew up and lived in Douglas County and later moved to Taney County. He graduated from Ava High School. Rolla served his country during World War II with the Army Air Corps as a Bl7 Gunner. He was a dairy and beef farmer. Rolla attended the New Mansion Church.
On May 17, 1947, Rolla and Ruth Marie Maggard were united in marriage in Brown Branch. Rolla and Ruth were blessed with three children.
Rolla loved fishing, horses, telling stories, gardening, attending sale barn auctions, visiting with friends and being with his grandchildren and family.
Rolla was preceded in death by his parents, and 11 brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Marie, Bradleyville; three children, Patsy Horner, Forsyth, Roger Hodges and wife, Dede, Bradleyville, and Vicki Clark and husband, Ray, Aurora; seven grandchildren, Ritchie, Summer, Brad, Melanie, Darren, Bridgette and Jarred, who is serving a 3rd tour with the Marines in Iraq at this time; five great-grandchildren, Dustin, Alex, Sydney, Hailey, Olivia and two on the way; and many other relatives and friends.
Services will be 10 a.m. today (Thursday) at the New Mansion Church at Bradleyville, with the Revs. Jeff Marsh and Bill Austin officiating. Interment will follow in the Mills Cemetery with full military honors. Memorials may be made to Gideon International or Mills Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneralhome. com.