Jean Hodges

December 19, 1928 - February 21, 2022

R. Jean Hodges, 93, of Port Arthur, died Monday, February 21, 2022, at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur. She was born December 19, 1928, in Winter Haven, Florida, to Zanie Parrish Ezell and Thomas Ezell.

Jean was the eldest of four children and the only girl. She and her brothers grew up in Florida. She later moved to Southeast Texas with her late husband, Earl F. Hodges, Sr.

Jean was a faithful member of Val Verde Baptist Church, Groves. For many years, she was involved with Women’s Bible Study. She enjoyed crocheting and stamping. She loved to make her own cards.  Jean was known for her dependability and willingness to lend a helpful hand anytime.

Until she was in her nineties, she was a remarkable “Energizer bunny”. Though never a dancer, she was known to several of her more mischievous nephews as, “Jean, Jean, the Dancing Machine”. I don’t know that she ever knew that but she would have thought it to be funny. She was always interested in her nieces and nephews and what was going on in their lives.

Above all else, Jean faithfully loved her family and her Lord. She was “always there”, always available, and always ready to help.

Survivors include her son, Reverend Frank Hodges and wife, Linda; granddaughter, Gina Hodges Martin and husband, A.J.; and great-grandchildren, Franklin and Xander Martin.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Zanie and Thomas Ezell; husband of forty-seven years, Earl F. Hodges, Sr.; and brothers, Buddy, Virgil, and Donald Ezell.

A gathering of Mrs. Hodge’s family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., with her funeral service at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 24, 2022, at Val Verde Baptist Church, 3900 Cleveland Avenue, Groves, under the direction of Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Her interment will take place at Edgewood Cemetery, Jacksonville, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Hodges to Val Verde Baptist Church, P.O. Box 785, Groves, Texas 77619.

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Download Program

Gathering of Family and Friends

Val Verde Baptist Church
  • 3900, Cleveland Avenue, Groves, Texas, 77619,
  • February 24, 2022
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Funeral Service

Val Verde Baptist Church
  • 3900, Cleveland Avenue, Groves, Texas, 77619,
  • February 24, 2022
  • 11:00 am


Edgewood Cemetery
  • 4519, Edgewood Drive, Jacksonville, Florida, 32254,

Comments (5)

    Francine and Floyd Gaspard says:

    We meant Jean many years ago through Martha Chance and we worked together for years with the Port Arthur Christian Womens organization ❣️Jean loved to help host our prayer meeting at the Willows ! She was such a true blessing to us all! Gone but she will never be forgotten ❣️????✝️❤️

    Candy Nortman says:

    I remember Ms Hodges with smiles and laughter when we visited over the years 🙂 my sincere sympathy . Candy Nortman

    Candice (Newman) Aslany says:

    Ms. Hodges was an amazing lady and very sweet. My prayers are with all of you she will be greatly missed

    Ernest & Brenda Chance says:

    Our prayers for the family during their time of grief. We thought so much of Jean, she was a beautiful Christian woman.

    Rocky & Linda Monk says:

    Brother Frank, we want you to know that we are sorry for the passing of your Mom she was a wonderful, loving women. Know that she will be greatly missed.

    Sending lots of prayers and love:
    The Monks.

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