Joan Story Hodges was born on April 29, 1933, in Angeltown, to the late Joe and Pauline (Holmes) Story. She passed away at White House Health Care and was received into her eternal home in Heaven by her Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by James Donald Hodges, her husband of 71 years; three sons, Clifton Lee, James Michael and Mark Alan; son-in-law, Steve Holloran.
Mrs. Hodges is survived by daughter, Donna (Ronnie) Durrett of Franklin, KY; daughter-in-law, Sherry Hodges of Portland; four granddaughters, Kelly (Bret) Snow of Franklin, Lisa (Harrison) Johnson of Brentwood, Charity Hodges of Los Angeles, and Audra’ (Robert) Carter of Gallatin; 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; brother, Jack (Araine) Story; and sister, Judy (Mike) Weddle, both of Indianapolis, IN.
Donald was the love of her life. They were married June 10, 1949. They did everything together. Joan worked alongside her husband on the farm doing almost everything: setting, hoeing and stripping tobacco; driving tractors and trucks along with cooking meals for all the farm help. She worked in the public sector for several years including Kendall in Franklin, the Prissy Miss and Vandor Dress Shops in Portland and the O.E.O. (Office of Economics Opportunity — a program set up to help those living in poverty, the elderly, and those experiencing racial injustice). Both Donald and Joan were members of the Portland First Baptist Church from their youth. Both individually and together they served the Lord in various ministries, mission trips, and outreach. They enjoyed camping even up to the last year of Donald’s life, which always included family and friends. They loved to travel, making several trips to Hawaii, the Holy Lands and Europe.
Joan loved meeting new people and making friends. She would regularly be seen giving and receiving hugs. She had a passion for sending greeting cards for holiday, special occasions or just to let people know she was thinking of them.
Joan and Donald loved their family and friends, enjoyed gatherings as often as possible. Much laughter took place around their kitchen table playing games.
Joan was always quick to share her life verse from Proverbs 3:5-7: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.
A celebration of life was held on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, at Portland First Baptist Church with Bro. Greg McCoy, Bro. Tim Colovos, Bro. David Harper, and Bro. Randy Brown. Visitation for Mrs. Hodges was held on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, at Wilkinson & Wiseman Funeral Home and on Saturday at Portland First Baptist Church.