Billy Joe's Story
Billy Joe Hodge, 90, of Arlington passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. He was born in Eureka on June 9, 1926 to Arthur H. Hodge and Nellie Blissett Hodge.
Billy Joe served in the army in WWII after graduating from Mildred High School. He attended Navarro College and SMU. He was the world's biggest sports fan, whether it was coaching, refereeing or umpiring. He worked to bring professional baseball to Arlington through his friendships with major league players including his uncle, Fred "Firpo" Marberry and city officials soliciting their support in moving the Washington Senators to become the Texas Rangers in 1927.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Ann O'Neal Hodge in 1989 and sons, Joe Kenneth in 2012 and Roger Neal in 2015.
Billy Joe is survived by his son, Richard Hodge; daughter-in-law, Mary Hodge; sister, Helen Hodge Lewis; brother, Arthur L. Hodge; grandsons, Dallas Hodge and wife Lindsey, Robert Hodge and wife Katherine; great grandchildren, Ava, Ellie, Jamie, Graham, Anya, Aryan, Aliya and numerous nieces and nephews.
He elected to donate his body to UT Southwestern Medical Center for research. A private memorial service will be held for the immediate family at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Texas Ranger Baseball Foundation or charity of your choice.
"Play Ball: the slogan of the game for rank or wealth, for name or fame. Where fate, the pitcher, speeds the ball until the final shadows fall." - Grantland Rice
Published on September 27, 2016