Tommie Jo “T.J.” May Hodges, 82, died peacefully at home on Watts Bar Lake on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in the company of her husband of nearly 63 years.
Born Dec. 15, 1936, in Montezuma, Ga., to Marjorie Claire Smith and Lewis Weldon May, she was salutatorian of her graduating class at Jackson High School in Jackson Ga., and attended the University of Georgia, where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority.
Her career leveraging her keen organizational prowess spanned from Helena Chemical in Memphis, Tenn., to nearly 20 years at Mahle, Inc., a German manufacturing company in Morristown, Tenn. Her sharp wit and lifelong love of reading inspired years of well-heeled conversation and grammatical precision. Her love of domestic and international travel and cuisine broadened not only her horizons but those whom she and Randy entertained over many decades. Her lifelong faith led her to serve actively in her church as Treasurer, and she volunteered both at the Helping Hands Food Pantry and for Friends of the Library, and served as President of the Spring City Women’s Club. She loved friends and family most of all, and gatherings on the lake or travels to the beach provided more than a lifetime of memories for everyone who loved her.
T.J. is survived by her husband, Warren Randolph “Randy” Hodges; her first grandchild, Claire Weldon Futrell, who was preceded in death by T.J. and Randy’s first daughter, Elizabeth Weldon “Libby” Futrell Gross (nee Futrell), her son Warren Randolph “Warren” Hodges Jr. and his wife Susan Sweeney Hodges and children Samuel Randolph “Sam” Hodges, Ann Marie Hodges of Lexington, Ky., her daughter Dorothy Blaylock “Dottie” Hodges and Harold “Hal” Turner and children Marshall Warren Dandelski and Katherine “Kit” Turner of Signal Mountain, Tenn.. She is also survived by her two sisters, Marilyn Allen (Clyde, deceased, children Kelly and Gene) and Betty Jane “Bootsie” Brittain (Arthur Allan, and Cynthia “Cindy”), and their loving families.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church of Spring City, located at 268 West Jackson Avenue. The family will receive friends at 11 a.m. with chapel service at 12 noon. The family welcomes those who would like to join for interment at approximately 2:30 p.m. at Spring City Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Spring City, P.O. Box 455, Spring City, TN 37381.
Vaughn Funeral Home in Spring City is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.vaughn-funeral-home.com to share memories and condolences with the family of Tommie Jo “T.J.” Hodges.