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I Remember Roger Hodges - 9
12/21/10     Dr. David "Jesse" Sparks  (1962)      cdsparks@rjia.net
The passing of Roger Hodges brought to me a flood of great memories of a very precious guy.

In particular, I recall when my ship was docked in the Panama Canal Zone in 1965. I was in a "restaurant" in the little town of Coco Solo when I saw the familiar face of Roger Hodges. His ship had also just arrived that same day. Both vessels were transiting the Canal headed for the South Pacific.

We laughed, hugged and had a really good time that evening. We sang the alma mater together really LOUD. You know: "We hail the halls of honor, of justice and of might....." [At the time we could still remember all the words of that marvelous creation of Miss Ruth Pace.] No one else there knew what that song represented, but I can assure everyone that Roger and I were singing that song with a new depth of appreciation for good ol' Mavahi like we had never felt before.

Anyway, I recall a young man who had a jolly sense of good humor. He kept us all laughing.

His Sister-in-law, Rose Edwards of Bassett, shared with me the other day that Roger had made a life-changing decision for the Lord just recently, when a faithful chaplain of the local Hospice spent an eventful hour with him.

I am thankful for special people whom the dear Lord allows us to meet along life's way. Roger was one of those folks.

May the Lord bless Roger's wonderful family and may He bless the memory of Brother Roger Hodges to all of our hearts!

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