Patricia Bailey Hodges
December 11, 1944 – February 6, 2020
Patti Hodges passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2020, after a life devoted to her Faith, family and many friends. She will be missed dearly, but is now reunited with her Lord and Savior.
Patti was born to Charles Douglas Bailey and Stella Mae Cox in Bluefield, West Virginia on December 11, 1944. She was blessed with three siblings; an older brother, C.D., a younger sister, Kathy and the youngest, Bill. Their love for one another set a beautiful example for all of their children and grandchildren to follow.
She grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia. She attended Deep Creek High School where she met the love of her life and husband of 55 years, Lawrence (Buz) Hodges. They married and started their life together in November of 1964. In November of 1965, their oldest son, Larry was born. 16 short months later in March of 1967, Doug joined the family.
Buz’s career took their young family from Virginia to Atlanta, Georgia in 1967. In 1969, they moved to the wild west, landing in Houston, where they would make their home for the next half century. While Buz was building his career, Patti worked at home, raising her boys. She was the homeroom mom, the team mom and for many of her son’s friends….. a second mom! After getting both sons through Texas A&M, she and Buz began their next journey together. In 1989, they opened Milestone Mortgage and would work together every day for the next 18 years until retiring in 2007.
During those years building a business together, they had the privilege of working with many wonderful people and made lifelong friends. However, the great transformation started taking shape in March of 1995 when her two oldest grandchildren, Lauren and Jimmy were born. Then in 1998, Annie and Hank completed their family. Patti was an All-American wife, an All-Pro mom and a Hall of Fame friend but it was some time in the mid to late 90’s, that she became the super-hero, known to this day, as Honey!
Patti and Buz bought their first place at Surfside Beach in 1971, spending weekends and parts of their summers on the coast. They would spend more and more time on the island after retirement and then most of their time there when Annie followed Jimmy to Texas A&M. In 2017, they sold their home in Houston and became full-time residents. They would say later that they wished they would have done it sooner. They loved island life! Honey was so happy and had so many great friends. She was particularly passionate about her church and the local First Responders…. And really any cause championed by a friend. She loved long visits with each of her four grandkids and when they were all together, they laughed long and loud. They shared great stories that always had two versions!
A memorial service will be at Stroud Funeral Home, Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 11:00.