James Hodge

Hamilton County

Jr.James "Jim" Clyde Hodge Jr., of Las Vegas, passed away June 27. 2013, with his partner, Cynthia DeKeukeleire, at his side.Known as "Buddy" growing up, Jim was the son of James Clyde Hodge and Anne Prior Hodge of Chattanooga. He spent most of his early life in Augusta, Georgia and Chattanooga. He served in the US Navy from 1945 to 1946. He went to Las Vegas in 1965 where he was a successful and well-respected singer on the strip for many years. Jim performed with such greats as Betty Grable both in Las Vegas and on the road. For over 42 years he was active in the First Church of Religious Science where he soloed during services several times a year and regularly invited show business celebrities to perform at the church. Such greats as Joe Williams, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Robert Goulet and other lead singers from the Strip hotel productions enlivened the congregants for many years. How he served others and encouraged them to get the most out of their lives was a natural part of who he was.Jim was predeceased by his brother, James Edward Hodge of Augusta, Ga.; and his sister, Joann Hodge Beddow, of Birmingham, Ala.He is survived by his nephews, Scotty Greene, of Atlanta, and Jimmy Hodge, of Oviedo, Fla.; nieces, Laura Hodge Shedd, of LaGrange, Ga., Leslie Greene Yarbrough and Darah Greene Dufresne, of Birmingham, Ala. Visitation will be 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2013, with Services at 1 p.m. at Center for Spiritual Living, 1420 East Harmon Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89119.Burial with military honors will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City. Donations may be made to the Center for Spiritual Living of Greater Las Vegas.

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