Montgomery County Commissioner Arnold Hodges loses battle with leukemia

Arnold Hodges

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Montgomery County Commissioner Arnold Hodges died April 18 after a battle with leukemia. He was 69.

Hodges, who represented District 6, lived in the Cunningham community and served as a commissioner since he was elected in 2014.

Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett said in a statement the county lost a wonderful public servant Sunday morning.

“Commissioner Hodges was a dedicated county commissioner,” Durrett said. “He was a great listener and a huge advocate for District 6. My prayer for comfort and peace is with the entire Hodges family.”

The Facebook page of the late commissioner was filled with notes of condolences from friends and fellow commissioners who paid tribute Sunday.

Commissioner Brandon Butts said the news of the death of his good friend and fellow commissioner hit him like a ton of bricks.

“For the past seven years, we have served this great county together,” Butts said on Facebook. “Sure going to miss you buddy. Please keep his family in your prayers. Words cannot express how much he meant to all of us.”

Commissioner David Harper said in an interview both he and Hodges served on the commission since their elections in 2014.

“Arnold was not someone who served office for political gain, or in order to climb the political ladder,” Harper said. “He just served because he wanted to best represent his community. He was always concerned with getting his decision right, and he would be bothered if we did not get a decision right.”

Hodges was a part-time farmer and also a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. He retired from the state of Tennessee after 36 years as a forestry technician.

Family members include {span}include his wife of 25 years, Sherry Smith Hodges; sons, Brian (Sherry) Marek and Kevin (Kim) Marek; grandchildren, Alyson Holland, Jessica Marek, and Kaitlyn Marek; great-grandchild, Raleigh Holland; brother, Greg Hodges; and God-given family, Jason, Katie and Kason Barefoot.

Hodges’ funeral and burial was scheduled for April 20. Online condolences may be made at navefuneralhomes.com.

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