Hodge, Joseph Newell

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On September 4, 2008, Joseph Newell Hodge, 79, of Christiansburg, Va., went to be with his Lord and Savior. He retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad after 40 years of service and was a member of the Isaac Walton League. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hundley and Zella Hodge; five brothers, Coy, Roy, Paul, John and Wilmer (Bill) Hodge; and a sister, Virginia Hodge.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Polly Linkous Hodge; son, Joseph “Joe” Hodge; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie (Chester) Linkous and Robert Ruble, who was as dear as his own son; grandchildren, Ginger (Tim) Cromer and Dottie (Todd) Burris; and great-grandchildren, Cassidy, Kaylyn and Caleb Cromer and Laci and Marley Burris. He is survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Sidney (Shirley) and Carl (Kathy) Hodge; and three sisters and brother-in-law, Alma Epperly, Allie Miles, and Joyce (Bill) Czerniakiewicz. He is also survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-inlaw, Ruby Hodge, Virginia McGuire Hodge, Wendell (Shirley) Linkous, R.B. Linkous, Wayne (Peggy) Linkous, Charlie Trump, Dolly Vest, Anna Lee Jones, and Wanda Linkous; and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.

The family would like to thank Dr. Goldschmidt of NRV Cancer Center, Carilion Clinic Hospice, Anna Lee Jones and Rita Jones, for the care giving they provided.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, September 6, 2008, from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Horne Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, September 7, 2008, in the Horne Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Glennard Quesenberry with interment to follow in Sunset Cemetery. The Pallbearers are Tommy Early, Bubby Jones, Chuck Early, Malcolm Woolwine, Kevin Cressell and Red Smith. Honorary pallbearers are Ms. Frankie Whittaker and Ms. Patsy Martin. The Hodge family is being served by Horne Funeral Service, Christiansburg, Va. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.hornefuneralservices.com