William Bradford “Brad” Hodges

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William Bradford “Brad” Hodges, 56, of Jena, was received into Heaven on Saturday, December 7, 2013. He was born on Saturday, February 2, 1957 to the union of Jeddie Ray Hodges, Sr. and Maxine Bradford Hodges. Brad was a lifelong resident of Jena. He graduated from Jena High School in 1975. Brad was Senior Class president and an all-state linebacker at JHS. He attended LSU and then worked in the maintenance department for the LaSalle Parish School Board until his retirement in 2008. At the time of his death he ran a successful refrigeration and air condition repair business in Jena. Brad was an avid outdoorsman who loved spending his free time roaming the woods of LaSalle and Catahoula parish. He was an expert  on local genealogy and Native American culture and artifacts. He lived his life with a mischievous twinkle in his eye and wry grin on his face.  His personality and heart were bigger than life. He never met a stranger, always gave more than he took, and never passed up the chance to make you laugh with an old story or joke. He will be remembered as a staunchly loyal friend, a loving husband, dedicated son and a caring father. Brad was a passionate defender of his family and friends, the ideals he believed were right and those less fortunate.  He served his God as a Christian and member of Pritchard Baptist Church in the Old River Community. Most Sunday mornings he could be found delivering homemade sausage biscuits to the LaSalle nursing home residents and visiting with them to lift their  spirits. Brad was preceded in death by his loving wife, Rema Nadine Robertson Hodges; father, Jeddie Ray Hodges, Sr.; paternal grandparents, William Thomas Hodges, Sr. and  Arta Nethery Hodges; maternal grandparents, James Clyde Bradford and Pergie Brooks Bradford. Those left to love and miss him are his two sons, William Blaine Hodges of Mansfield, and Fulton Pierce Hodges of Jena; mother, Maxine Bradford Hodges of Jena: two brothers, Jeddie Ray Hodges, Jr. and wife Melba of the Summerville Community, near Jena and Dr. Tony Neil Hodges of Manhattan Beach, CA. Services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Pritchard Baptist Church in the Old River Community with the Revs. Joey Paul, Dominick DiCarlo and Terry Doughty officiating. Brad was laid to rest in the Tidwell Cemetery of the Sharptown Community, near Jena, under the  directions of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Dean Cockerham, Carlos Crooks, Scott Maxwell, Dan Evans, Steve Norris, Troy Matthews, Sam Hodges and Paul Smith. Honorary pallbearers were
James Doughty, Dan Cornett, Petey Randall, David Johnson, Dr. John Gibson, Al Randall, Shep Allien, Tommy Hodges, Jimmy Hodges, Matt Hodges, and the Deacons of Pritchard Baptist Church. The family requests that
donations in memorial be made to the Cliff Williams Foundation, P.O Box 2990 Jena, LA 71342 for educational resources in LaSalle Parish schools or to the charity of your choice for breast cancer awareness. 
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