SIKESTON -- James Curtis Hodges, 88, formerly of Charleston, died Nov. 26, 2012, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.
He was born May 28, 1924, in the Samos community in rural Charleston, to the late Thomas L. and Mona Alba Scoggins Hodges, he graduated in 1942 from the Western Military Academy in Alton, Ill. He then taught grade school in the Mississippi County school system for a brief time before enlisting to serve with the US Air Force in February 1943. A veteran of Word War II, he served as aerial gunnery instructor at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, and then served overseas with the Air Transport Command Materials Redistribution Center at Athens, Greece for the European, Pacific and Japanese war zones. Following his discharge from the Air Force in May 1946, he returned to Mississippi County where he was a landowner and farmer. A former member of the Board of Directors of Focus Bank (First Security State Bank), he semi-retired from farming in 1984, and was a life member of the NRA and the NRA Whittington Center Founders Club in Raton, N.M..
On Sept. 8, 1944, he married Kathryn "Kay" Austin who survives of the home.
He was preceded in death by one son, Dennis Ray Hodges.
Visitation will be from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the McMikle Funeral Home.
A graveside service will follow at 11 a.m. in the IOOF Cemetery with the Missouri Military Honor Guard conducting full military rites.
Pallbearers will be: Hubert Crider, Jeff Crider, Joe McCloskey, Don McCann, Donnie Waters and Chad Kellett.