Luther Hodge Jr. of Kenova

Luther Hodge Jr. of Kenova, 84, of Kenova, W.Va., passed away quietly at home on Saturday, November 27, 2010. Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 2, 2010, at the Route 60 Freewill Baptist Church, Kenova with Rev. Rich Fluty and Rev. Jerry Casteel officiating. Burial followed in Dock’s Creek Cemetery. Members of American Legion Post #93 Kenova performed military graveside rites. He was born August 14, 1926, a son of the late John Luther and Molly Workman Hodge. He was a lifelong servant and friend of God and served as a deacon and trustee in his church. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy Seebees and a retired locomotive engine operator at AK Steel. Luther is survived by the love of his life, to whom he was married 65 years, his wife Aveanell Ruth Meredith Hodge. In addition, he is survived by his beloved children, his four daughters and sons-in-law, Suzette and Russell Stevens, Sharon and Joe Ball, Sandra and Greg Workman, all of Kenova, and Shelia and James Copley of Catlettsburg, Ky.; 10 grandchildren, Kelly McDonald, Rhonda Griffith Todd, Brian Ferguson, Brad Ferguson, Ben Ferguson, Jennifer Mathews, Ashley Workman, David J. Skaggs, Cynde Bishop, and Michael Skaggs; 10 great-grandchildren, Brittany McDonald, Peyton Griffith, Cassie Ferguson, Hayley and Bradley Ferguson, Catlyn Ferguson, Luke Mathews, Madison, Reace and Kiersten McKnight; three sisters, Lena Fetch and Hazel Thompson both of Mansfield, Ohio and Thelma Akers of Huntington, W.Va.; three sisters-in-law, Connie Conley of Huntington, Viola Hodge of Kenova and Doris Sparks of Flatwoods, Ky., and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Alma Presley and five brothers, Stanley Hodge, Herschel Hodge, Max Hodge, Homer Hodge, Delbert Hodge. Dad was singing “Victory in Jesus” when Sis was visiting with him before he passed. As children, we remember the earnest sounds of their voices as mother and dad prayed aloud on their knees at their bedside every night before bedtime. We praise God for that testimony and for the testimony of mom and dad’s lives. Dad always had a smile and a hug for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as all of his other family members, friends, neighbors and church family. We already miss him very much, but look forward to being with him one day in heaven. The family extends their thanks and appreciation to all our friends and loved ones for your prayers and love. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rollinsfh.com