John Hamilton “Jack” Hodge


BUCKHANNON—John Hamilton “Jack” Hodge, 80, formerly of Bridgeport and Buckhannon, WV, and, most recently, of Kennesaw, GA, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 6, 2018, at home. Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo Herndon Hodge, of Kennesaw; two daughters and son-in-laws, Lane and William Kunberger of Kennesaw, GA and Jane and Dr. John DeVine of Evans, GA.; five grandchildren, Katie Kunberger, Kyle Kunberger, Hayden, Sam and Megan DeVine; brother, Stephen Hodge (Jeannette); sister-in-laws, Ann Hodge and Jane Herndon; brother-in-law, James Herndon (Debbie); and numerous nieces, nephews and a great niece. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert L. and F. William Hodge. John was born in Middletown, CT, on Feb. 3, 1938, to the late Harrison G. and Doris Lane Hodge. He attended elementary and high school in Middletown and Portland, CT. He was a delegate to Boys State and Boys Nation. A 1926 graduate of WV Wesleyan College, John was President of the Student Body, served on the Board of Trustees and was a member of the Emeritus Club. Following college, he served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force in Amarillo, TX and Indianapolis, IN. He then served as Alumni Director at WV Wesleyan College from 1965-1968 and was active in the local Jaycees and Rotary. In 1968, he joined Consolidated Gas Supply Corporation and worked in Public Relations, Governmental Affairs and Administrative Management for 25 years and headed up the project to launch Benedum Industrial Park. He also served on Bridgeport City Council for two terms and was Bridgeport Mayor for  two terms. He taught Sunday School at Bridgeport United Methodist Church and served on numerous municipal organizations, as well as being President of the high school band and sports booster clubs. In 1978, he was recognized as the Bridgeport Outstanding Citizen of the Year. After moving to Kennesaw, he was employed as a store manager at Stone Mountain Power Tool Corporation and was a member of American Legion Post 304. Services will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. at Kennesaw United Methodist Church 1801 Ben King Road Kennesaw, GA 30144. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. and a dessert reception will be held following the service. A service will be held in Bridgeport, WV at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to WV Wesleyan College Advancement Office 59 College Avenue Buckhannon, WV 26201 (304)473-8485 or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Woodstock Funeral Home.

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