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Sue Hodges dies Monday at age 65
Wife of James Eli Hodges passes away after extended illness
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    Friends of Sue Stabler Hodges agree that she was a "gracious, giving person," and recalled fond memories of Hodges Monday. Hodges, 65, passed away Monday after an extended illness at Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro.
    "We have been close friends for years," said Connie Averitt, remembering times she and her late husband Hal Averitt spent with Sue and her husband, Jimmy (James Eli) Hodges. "We had a lot of good times. She was one of my closest friends, a delightful person."
    "We raised our little girls together," said Bonnie Grist. " We have such happy memories of how sweet Sue and Jimmy were to Mary (her daughter, who was friends with the Hodges' daughter Sally)."
    Sue Hodges moved from South Carolina to  Statesboro as a Georgia Southern University student in 1962. She met her  husband and became a part of Statesboro's society. Sue Hodges joined  the Statesboro First United Methodist Church and was involved in a number of civic activities throughout her life.
    "We played in the same bridge club," said Teresa Brannen. She was a very giving person, and always put on beautiful parties. She loved to give to other people."
    Giving to her grandchildren —  Ray Lynes McKinney, III, Lauren Hodges McKinney, and James Eli McKinney — was a favorite pastime of Ms. Hodges. "She was a wonderful mother, wife and grandmother,:" said long time friend Beverly Olliff. "She was a wonderful friend, very supportive — I can't say enough good things about her."
    She was also very talented, Averitt said. Hodges loved music and "played the piano beautifully," she said. "She was a delightful person, very caring, very giving."
    Hodges was married to her husband for 43 years and they had one daughter, Sally, who is married to  Ray Lynes McKinney, Jr., She is survived by her sister, Buford Stabler Brannen (John Ed) of Register, and brothers Jerry Louis Stabler (Phyllis) of Amelia Island, FL, and Jay Kaminer Stabler (Bonnie) of Mt. Pleasant, SC.
    She will be missed, Averitt said. "She was a wonderful friend."
    Grist remembered Hodges as "a gracious, lovely lady, always so caring." Olliff agreed, recalling the years spent as Hodges' friend, and how she enjoyed decorating the Hodges home.
    "She will be missed in the community," she said.
    Visitation for Hodges tonight from 5-7 p.m. at the Hodges home at 106 Dumbarton Drive. A funeral service, handled by Hodges-Moore Funeral Home, will be Wednesday Dec. 23, at Statesboro First United Methodist Church at 11 a.m.
    Burial will follow at Eastside Cemetery.
      Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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