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Born in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Wade Hampton Hodge and Annie Dell Bryant Hodge. He was a member of Providence Baptist Church. Mr. Hodge was a World War II veteran and a member of the 83rd Army Infantry Division that invaded Normandy. He retired from Sumter Laundry and Cleaners after 63 years of service.
Survivors include four children, LaNell Roberts, Jo Ann (Jack) Logan, Ray (Gail) Hodge and Cheryl (Les) Weatherly, all of Sumter; a sister, Rosa (D.D.) Miles of Manning; four grandchildren, LaVon McComic, Jackie (Tommy) Evans, Michael Hodge and Harley Weatherly; two great-grandchildren, Jessica McComic and Logan Evans; a great-great-grandchild, Kalyn McComic; and a number of very special nieces and nephews that were raised in the home.
In addition to his wife of 61 years, he was preceded in death by five siblings, Viola Brewer, Edmund Hodge, Matthew Hodge, Hampton Hodge and Gerald Hodge.
Funeral services for Raymond Hodge will be held at 4 p.m. today at Providence Baptist Church with the Rev. Graham Bochman and the Rev. Dr. Harold Greene officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Doug Miles, Ronald Miles, Lawrence Brewer, Leon Brewer, Jay Hodge and John Ray Hicks will serve as pallbearers.
Nephews Tommy Morris, Dr. Charles White and Dr. Strat Stavrou will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Logan.
Memorials may be made to Providence Baptist Church, 2445 Old Manning Road, Sumter, SC 29150.
Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of arrangements. www.ecsfuneralhome.com