YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2012, at the Union Baptist Church for Mr. James “Junie” Harry Hodge Jr., 56, who departed this life at Hospice House on Dec. 30, 2012.
Mr. Hodge was born Feb. 28, 1956, in Youngstown, Ohio (Mahoning County) to Mr. James Harry Hodge Sr. and Mary L. Fletcher and was reared by his adoptive mother Ester Alberte Ervin.
James graduated from South High School in 1975. He was formerly employed with the Burdman Home until he became disabled.
He was a dedicated member of the Union Baptist Church and served on the Usher Board and was in the choir.
James also sang with various choirs in the community.
James was a dedicated, caring, and loving husband to the love of his life, the former Viola “Elaine” Young Hodge, whom he married June 9, 1979.
James was Viola’s primary care giver and would visit her consistently at the nursing home.
James leaves to cherish his memory, his wife; two brothers, Paul “Chipper” S. Fletcher and Michael (Peggy) Fletcher; and aunts, Geneva “Genny” F. Mason, Juanita F. Williams, Eunice L. Mason, and Alma Revis.
He also leaves a very special aunt who help rear him, Agnes H. Dean.
James also leaves a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
James was preceded in death by his biological parents; adopted mother; and one brother, Mark S. Fletcher.
Friends may call Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home and also one hour prior to services on Saturday