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Wade H. Hodges Jr., 80, of Folkston, GA passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, August 5, 2022. He was born in Folkston, GA on March 7, 1942 to the late Wade H. Hodges, Sr. and Clora Bell McGlew Hodges. Wade spent all but 6 years of his life in Hilliard. He was a graduate of Hilliard High School and played basketball for the Hilliard Flashes. He went on to work for the City of Jacksonville, a supervisor at Gold Kist Eggs, a driver for Dixie Auto Transport and then he retired from hauling wood for local business owners. He served 7 years on the Hilliard City Council. He was ordained as Deacon at Boulougne Baptist Church on April 26, 1980. Many years were spent teaching Sunday School, helping to build local churches and witnessing to anyone that would listen about the love and salvation of Jesus Christ. Buford Grove, Boulougne Baptist, Maranatha Baptist, First Avenue Baptist and finally Philadelphia FW Baptist all benefited from many hours of prayer sent up in their behalf from Wade. His motto: Love God, Family and Country- the rest will fall into place.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sisters; Eloise Bennett and Maybell Lintao, a niece and several nephews.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years; Virginia Davis Hodges, son; Jarrett (Leslie) Hodges, daughters; Carrie (Stan) Wildes and Beth (Steve) Smith, grandchildren; Hamp Wildes, Cody (Madison) Wildes, Brent (Heather) Wildes, Cheyenne (Bryant) Wildes, Conner (Gabby) Hodges and Blake Smith, great-grandchildren; Hayden Wildes, Oakley Hodges, Brylynn Hodges and CJ Wildes and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends on Monday, August 8, 2022 from 6:00-8:00pm at Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home. A service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at Philadelphia Freewill Baptist Church in Folkston with Bro. Billy Champion and Bro. Ray McMillan officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery in Hilliard, FL. Pallbearers will be Hamp Wildes, Cody Wildes, Brent Wildes, Cheyenne Wildes, Conner Hodges, Blake Smith and Hayden Wildes. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Lewis, Billy Joe Franklin, Russell Sikes, Everett Sikes and Frank Scussel.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at www.shepardrobersonfh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home, Folkston, GA.
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