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Rev. Ray Hodges

August 3, 1944 — February 14, 2024

New Hebron , MS

Funeral services for Reverend Ray Hodges will be conducted at 11:00 Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Shalom Baptist Church in Silver Creek with the Reverend Jimmy Harvey officiating, assisted by the Reverend Richard Cothern.  Interment will follow in the Shalom Cemetery.  Rev. Hodges, age 79, entered into the eternal rest of his Lord Wednesday morning, February 14, 2024, at his home in New Hebron.

The family will receive friends Friday evening, February 16, 2024, at Shalom Baptist Church, beginning at 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  Reverend Hodges will also lie in state Saturday morning, 1 hour prior to the funeral service.

Pallbearers include Chadrick Ray Hodges, Sr., Chadrick Ray Hodges, Jr., Beau Peavey and Shane Aultman.  Honorary pallbearers include Jaxson Russell, Jayson Aultman, Kemper Peavey, Tylan Reeves, Waylon Reeves, Westyn Sanders and Rowen Cooper Sanders.

Born on August 3, 1944, in Angie, Louisiana, Ray Hodges grew up with a strong sense of service and devotion. After completing high school, he enlisted in the United States Army before feeling a calling from God to pursue a career in ministry.  With an unwavering commitment to growing in knowledge and understanding of God's Word, "Brother Ray", as was affectionately know to the scores that loved him, furthered his educational journey at the New Orleans Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana; Southwest Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Kansas; Rice Seminary in Jacksonville, Florida; and the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  Through years of diligent study, he earned both a Master's Degree and a Doctorate in Theology. Brother Ray exemplified the biblical principle found in 2 Timothy 2:15: "studying to show himself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth."

Brother Ray's passion for ministry led him on a lifelong journey of serving Southern Baptist Churches across multiple states. In a loving partnership with his wife, he shepherded congregations with love and dedication, instilling hope and faith within their hearts. Locally, he ministered at Crooked Creek Baptist Church where he made lasting connections with countless individuals and families. Additionally, he played an instrumental role in founding the Shalom Baptist Church—an enduring testament to his commitment to spreading God's message of love and unity.

After forty-eight years as a full-time pastor, Brother Ray decided to retire but continued to supply pulpits whenever his gifts were needed. His compassionate guidance touched many lives throughout his tenure as he offered words of comfort, shared biblical wisdom, and provided unwavering support to those in need. His dedication as a servant of God shone brightly through each sermon he preached and every life he touched.

Beyond his pastoral duties, Brother Ray Hodges possessed a remarkable talent for carpentry and woodworking.  He also enjoyed being out on the dirt track where he fearlessly raced his L88 car.  Devoted to gospel music, Brother Ray also loved to get with his fellow brothers in Christ and sing of a blessed hope and an eternal home beyond the skies.

In addition to his parents, Brother Ray is preceded in death by daughter, Syvonda Ready; and his siblings, Willie Hodges and Carolyn McCain.

His memory will forever be cherished by his beloved wife of 58 years, Gladys Ruth Hodges of New Hebron; his daughter, Mydonya (Keith) Shows of New Hebron and his son, Chad (Lindsey) Hodges of Hooker, MS; his brother, Steve Hodges of SIlver Creek; sisters, Brenda Newsome of Franklinton, LA and Mary Hamilton of Gulfport.  The legacy of their Pawpaw will also live on through his grandchildren, Shane Aultman, Beau Peavey, Erica Reeves, Katlin Graves, Meagan Ready, Alexis Hodges, Chadrick Ray Hodges, Jr. and 15 great-grandchildren.




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