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Melba Hodge (09-04-2014)
Funeral services for Melba Joye Farrar Hodge were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 31, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Farmerville, officiated by the Rev. Kurt Auger and Dr. Alan Miller. Interment followed at Cross Roads Cemetery under direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Farmerville.
The family received friends the evening of Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Farmerville.
Melba’s death came after a lengthy illness on August 28, 2014. Preceding her in death were: Her parents, Ben and Nedra Farrar; a brother, Wayburne Kelly Farrar Sr,; and grandson, James Caleb Dean.
Melba was born on May 25, 1938 in Union Parish. She was a member of the Class of 1956 of Farmerville High School. She married Johnny Hodge, May 25, 1956. They became parents of three devoted children – daughter Becky and husband Dennis Dean of Shreveport, sons Tim Hodge and wife Jackie of Bauxite, Ark. and Brian Hodge, also of Bauxite, Ark. She was a proud grandmother of her precious grandchildren – Jordan Dean and wife Callie and their son Luke of Shreveport, Jonathan Dean, of Shreveport, Ashley and Haley Hodge of Bauxite, Ark.; step granddaughter Rachelle Brown and husband Paul and their daughters Isabelle, Emily and Caroline Brown, all of Covington; sisters, Sudie DeFatta and Bea Bacilla of Shreveport; as well as many dear friends, nieces and nephews, who were extended family.
Melba was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, Farmerville since October, 1962. She served the church as church secretary for 24 years. She also held the position of church clerk. “Miss Melba” truly had a heart of love as she served in this capacity of ministry for her church family and community. She enjoyed singing in the sanctuary choir and was a member of the Adult Bible Class. Upon her retirement in August 2000, she directed the Senior Adult “KeenAgers” Ministry. She also organized and directed the HomeBound Ministry and served part-time for several years with the Concord/Union Association.
Serving as Pallbearers were Wayburne Kelly Farrar, Jr., Rusty Hodge, David Farrar, Robert Allen, James Earl Wiley and Scotty Knowles.
Honorary Pallbearers were Coleman Malone, Chiles Carpenter and all the great ministerial staff Melba served with at the First Baptist Church, Farmerville.
If you wish to give memorials, please designate them to the Senior Adult Ministry of First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 296, Farmerville, LA. 71241.
May the Lord bless thee, and keep thee; May the Lord make his face shine upon thee, May the Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Numbers 6:24-26
Online condolence messages may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.