Hawkins, Maudie East Hodge

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Maudie Ethel East Hodge Hawkins, 85, of Pulaski, has gone to be with the Lord her Savior at 12:40 a.m. on July 16, 2011 at Lewis Gale Hospital in Pulaski. Maudie was born on Saturday, June 5, 1926 in Radford, to the late Guy Columbus and Ethel Thornton East, formerly of the Robinson Tract community in Pulaski.

On June 5, 1947, Maudie married the late William Carlyle Hodge. Bud, as he was lovingly known, was a Purple Heart World War II Veteran from Bath County. They were happily married for 51 years until his death on February 26, 1999. They raised two children in Pulaski, Ted William Hodge of Pulaski and Ramona Lisa Young of Roanoke.

On May 5, 2001, Maudie married Rev. Howard Hawkins of Lenoir, N.C. who then moved to Pulaski to live with Maudie for eight years. Howard is now living at Magnollia Nursing Home in Morganton, N.C. Maudie has lived on Morehead Lane and has been a devoted supporter of Trinity Baptist Church in Pulaski for 54 Years. Maudie has been a writer for the community news for The Southwest Times, enjoyed by so many people for over 15 years.

Maudie was preceded in death by her husband, William Caryle (Bud) Hodge; her father and mother, Guy C. East and Ethel T East; sisters, Canous E. Phillips, Mozelle E. Duncan, Daffron E. Golliher, Violet E. Potts, and Catherine East, at birth; and one brother, Gilbert C. East.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. William Howard Hawkins of North Carolina; brother and sister-in-law, Curtis G. and Jane H. East of Pulaski; sister-in-law, Pat H. East of Pulaski; son and daughter-in-law, Ted W. and Carol Hash Hodge of Pulaski; daughter and son-in-law, Mona and David Conrad of Roanoke; grandchildren, Kimberly Leonard of Troutville, Shari and Michael Fricker of Dublin, Travis and Shannon Hodge of Winston-Salem, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Emily and Anna Fricker, Sara, Elizabeth, Will and Grace Leonard, Kyle, and Carla Hodge; step-grandchildren, Austin Ingalls and Brooke Stillwell; eight nieces; seven nephews; 33 great and great-great nieces and nephews; all of her husband Howard’s children and grandchildren of North Carolina; her good friend, Gladys Livingston of Pulaski; and her Trinity Baptist Church Family.

The family wishes to thank Candy Cressell Muncy for all her love and tender care during Maudie’s stay at Highland Ridge every day since March 14, 2011.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. from The Trinity Baptist Church in Pulaski with the Rev. Johnny Howlett officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Memory Gardens in Dublin. Visiting will be Monday at Stevens Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.