Marion Wendell Hodge, of Tullahoma, Tennessee, passed away November 4th, 2013 at Bailey Manor in Winchester, TN.
He was a native of Spartanburg, South Carolina and was the son of the late Ollie and Essie Hodge.
Mr. Hodge was a graduate of Wofford College and retired from A.E.D.C. after 40 years as a metallurgist. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Navy aboard the USS Enterprise, the most decorated ship during the war. Among his possessions when he was flying, was a Republic of China Flag with a message in Chinese that would identify him as an American if his plane was to go down over Chinese territory. Many years later, the message on the flag was translated again for Mr. Hodge by Mary Lo, head librarian at the UT Space Institute. Her father had been a pilot in the Republic of China Air Force at that same time also in the South Pacific. He was also a Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Hodge was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, having been a deacon, Sunday School secretary and treasurer of the church for many years. He was also on the building committee for the present Presbyterian church. He was a Mason and a Shriner and had been treasurer of the Scottish Rite Club in Tullahoma. Mr. Hodge was involved with the meals on wheels for about 20 years. He was also treasurer of the High School Band Boosters Club for several years. He was a volunteer of the renovation of the Mitchell Museum in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the beginning of World War II.
Mr. Hodge is survived by his wife Ann and two children Terri (Russell) Rowe and Dr. James Hodge; five grandchildren, Josh, Jared, Jessie, Rachel and Catherine; and two great grandchildren, Jaden and Elliot. He is also survived by two sisters, Josephine (Dorsey) Greene and Frances (Billy) Rice.
A private graveside service will be held at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.
For those who wish, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Library Fund at 110 North Washington Street, Tullahoma, TN 37388.
Kilgore Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.