RALEIGH – George Robert Hodges, 85, of Oak Lake Court, died Thursday evening, August 19, 2021, at his home.
George was born February 22, 1936 in Harnett County, the son of the late James G. Hodges and the late Bessie Neighbors Hodges and predeceased by a brother, James Worth Hodges; and her sisters, Mary Dell Hodges Honeycutt, Alice Lee Hodges Barnes Goodwin, Nina Mae Hodges Ritchie, Ala Pearl Hodges Rose, Ollie Augusta Hodges Williams and Ila Florence Hodges Wells. He was also predeceased by a niece, Edith Carol Williams. He was born into a large family and was the baby of eight children.
George graduated from Dunn High School and was in the high school orchestra playing the trombone, was in the drama club and was nominated for the Morehead Scholarship. He graduated from Campbell University, then continued his studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. After college, he attended naval officer training school and graduated as an ensign. He served in the US Navy for over five years, including four overseas. He spent most of his navy career in Scotland in the Intelligence Division for the United States. He bought the car of his dreams – a Jaguar XKE – while in Europe and had it sent back to the United States.
After many trips, he returned to the United States and moved to Los Angeles where he lived for over 40 years, working for CBS as a program analyst and even writing a screenplay for the TV series “Charlie’s Angels. “. He has met many celebrities; he even dated Red Skelton’s daughter, Valentina. His last years in Los Angeles were spent as a butler at the Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles.
In 2005 he retired and moved to Raleigh to be closer to his family who were still living and there he volunteered in hospitals.
A funeral service was held on Monday afternoon, August 23, 2021, at 3 p.m. at Hodges Chapel Church Cemetery with Reverend Nancy Dorman Honeycutt officiating.
He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Jack R. Honeycutt, Linda Williams Suarez, Brenda Ritchie, Eddie Wells, Diane Williams and Cindy Hodges.
A service from Cromartie-Miller Funeral Home, Dunn.