Richard Reeves Hodgens

Born on September 1, 1941

Departed on August 5, 2018 and resided in West Nashville, TN

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Richard Reeves Hodgens-


Self proclaimed “Mayor of North Belle Meade “, avid Nashville history buff and genealogy enthusiast, passed away August 5, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Dearborn, MI, at Henry Ford Hospital.  Richard relocated to Nashville at the age of 15.  Survived an attack from “The Phantom” before he retired with 33 years from Ford Glass Plant - Nashville, TN.

He was a member of Hume-Fogg "Blue Devils" Graduating Class of 1959, 50-year member of Corinthian
Masonic Lodge #8, Al Menah Temple, Local 737 UAW Retirees and Hillwood Presbyterian Church.


He enjoyed local volunteer opportunities including Nashville’s Talking Library, Red Cross Blood donations,
United Way, Shriner Hospitals, Beacon Square Neighborhood Association and many more.

Preceded in death by parents and brothers, Pat and Catherine, Dale and David.  Survived by his treasured wife Jo Ann (King), daughters, Kimberly Smith (Rick), Leigh Ann St.Arnold, Leah Clemons
(Ronnie), 11 grandchildren and 3 spouses Stephanie Watkins (Doug), Dylan Smith
(Hillary), Shelby Mitchell (Jeremy), Jeremy Richard Smith , Caroleigh Smith, Kaycee St.Arnold, Hannah Smith, Mary and Nathan Clemons.


Visitation with the family will be on Friday, August 10, 2018, from 1:00pm until 7:00pm, at West Harpeth Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018, at 1:00pm, CST, at Boykin Truitt Cemetery in Pell City, AL.

In lieu of flowers donations to Alive Hospice Nashville are appreciated.

Our Papa always said, "Look before you leap, think before you speak"


5 Comments to Mr. Richard Reeves Hodgens

  1. Kimberly Hodgens Smith
    August 7, 2018 10:05 am

    My father was intelligent with a sharp sense of humor. My earliest memories of him are sitting in his lap as he smoked a pipe and read me Rudyard Kipling stories. The room had wall to wall bookcases filled with books! He single-handedly fostered my love of reading at an early age. He sacrificed some of his dreams to build a home for our family and I would grow to appreciate this once I became a parent myself.

    He would also joke around about hoping it would rain during his funeral so “for once I’d be the only one dry.” It was a line from a country song and he would laugh as he said it! It was a line from a Tom T Hall song:

    “So let me say this, I never tried to hurt anybody
    Though I guess there’s a few, that I still couldn’t look in the eye
    If I’ve got one wish, I hope it rains at my funeral
    For once, I’d like to be the only one dry”
    Songwriters: Tom T. Hall

    Dad was a huge Grand Ole Opry fan. On car trips to Alabama to see our grandparents he would “torture” us by listening to old school country music the entire 4 hour drive from Nashville. Two rocker chicks listening to country! This too would change when I grew up and I’ll always think of daddy when I hear country classics that twang. Country music never ceases to place a tear in my eye as it reminds me of my hometown and those summer car trips.

    My husband and I have 4 wonderful children. They are so wonderful because of the parenting skills I learned from dad and mom. They are fine Americans and I credit my parents for the majority of their character.

    I love you dad and I will see you on the other side. Enjoy your reunion with the host of loved ones who greeted you in Heaven.

    -Kimberly Hodgens Smith

  2. Marie Allen
    August 7, 2018 1:34 pm

    Kimberly, my deepest sympathies to you and your family. Those cherished memories is where he lives on. Please know your friends and co-workers also share your pain. Your dad, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Deborah Chrisman
    August 9, 2018 4:35 pm

    May Your Memories Bring You Comfort , Memory is a special place in our hearts where we can find comfort in the treasured thoughts of those we hold dear. May it help to know that others care deeply and are remembering you with special thoughts… Thinking of You JoAnn and all the family with Sympathy … Prayers going up… Former Co-worker with JoAnn … Debbie Chrisman

  4. F. F.
    August 28, 2018 3:02 pm

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. May the God of all comfort give you a measure of comfort through the many prayers in your behalf. (2Corinthians 1: 3, 4; Revelation 21: 3, 4)

  5. Richard N Hodgens
    May 7, 2020 12:46 pm

    Dear Kimberly, my name is Richard N Hodgens and I just found out about your father’s passing. My condolences to you and your family.

    Your Dad and I were friends on Facebook as well as cousins ( probably second cousins). We shared a great uncle, Percy L Hodgens.

    Although your Dad and I never met, having corresponded with him, reading his Facebook posts and your wonderful eulogy, I’m sure we would have gotten on famously. May he rest in peace and may you and your family stay well during these trying times.

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