Gerald Hodges

A celebration of life for Gerald Dee Hodges, 82, of Killeen, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church Trimmier in Killeen. Burial will follow at the Killeen City Cemetery.

Mr. Hodges died July 19, 2021.

He was born March 29, 1939, in Gorman, to Albert Clyde and Lela Mae Hodges.

Gerald grew up in the Duster community near DeLeon. His parents farmed cotton and peanuts in Comanche County.

He graduated from Comanche High School in 1958 and after high school, enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany shortly after basic training at Fort Riley, Kansas.

After his military service, he moved to the Killeen area, where he began his 29-year career with AAFES (Army and Air Force Exchange Service) at the PX service station on Fort Hood. He retired from AAFES as the service station manager in 1995 and spent most of his retirement as a cattle rancher.

He was married to longtime Killeen resident, Jeanne Ellan Reaves, on Aug. 25, 1964, in Killeen.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Rondal Hodges of Valley Mills.

Survivors include his sister, Doris Lightfoot Simank, 93, of Copperas Cove; his wife and two sons, Derek and his wife, Leah, of Belton, and Justin and his wife, Alanna, of Marshall; grandchildren, Jake, and his wife, Taylor Holmes, of Crawford; Kyle Holmes of Belton, Madeline and Landon Hodges of Marshall; and great-granddaughter Charlotte Ann Holmes.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, which is in charge of arrangements.

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