JAMES HODGE JR. James "Jim" Clyde Hodge Jr., of Las Vegas, passed away June 27, 2013, with his partner, Cynthia DeKeukeleire, at his side, Known as "Buddy" growing up, Jim was born May 31, 1927, the son of James Clyde Hodge and Anne Prior Hodge of Chattanooga, Tenn. He spent most of his early life in Augusta, Ga., and Chattanooga. Jim served in the U.S. Navy
from July 5, 1945 to Aug. 19, 1946, as a seaman second class. After he came to Las Vegas in 1965, Jim was a well-respected singer on the strip for many years. Jim performed with such greats as Betty Grable, both in Las Vega and on the road. For over 42 years, he was active in the First Church of Religious Science, where he soloed during services several times a year and regularly invited show business celebrities to perform at the church. Such greats as Joe Williams, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Robert Goulet and other lead singers from the Strip hotel productions enlivened the congregants for many years. How he served others and encouraged them to get the most out of their lives was a natural part of who he was. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Edward Hodge of Augusta; and sister, Joann Hodge Beddow of Birmingham, Ala. He is survived by his nephews, Scotty Greene of Atlanta, and Jimmy Hodge of Oviedo, Fla.; and nieces, Laura Hodge Shedd of LaGrange, Ga., Leslie Greene Yarbrough and Darah Green Dufresne of Birmingham. Visitation will be 12:30-1 p.m. Monday, July 8, with services following, both at Center for Spiritual Living, 1420 E. Harmon Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89119. Burial, with military honors, will be at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City. donations may be made to the Center for Spiritual Living of Greater Las Vegas.