Charlie Lee (Copper) Hodgkins, a beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away Thursday, March 11, 2010 at his home in Strawn, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 13, 2010 at the Strawn Presbyterian Church.
Charlie was born August 6, 1914 to Mary and Jess Hodgkins, at the family home on the Brazos River. His family moved to Strawn in 1921. He graduated Valedictorian in 1932, from Strawn High School, after which he attended and graduated from Ranger College. He married the love of his life, Lola Byron on October 29, 1938.
Mr. Hodgkins had a host of accomplishments during his long life. He served as Captain in the Army Air Corp during WWII, and went on to become a licensed pilot after his military service. He worked for Strawn Merchandise and was an avid cattle rancher. He founded and operated his own company, Strawn Drilling for many years. Mr. Hodgkins was an active member of the Palo Pinto County Soil and Water Conservation Club, rarely missing the weekly luncheon meetings. Mr. Hodgkins was one of the original members, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Strawn Housing Authority. “Copper”, as he was fondly known, had many friends and later in life, one of the highlights of his day was drinking coffee and visiting with all of those friends at the Pac-A-Sac in Strawn.
Charlie was “Pa” to his son Coppy and his daughter Penny, his four grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. He loved them all so very much, as they did him. He was never happier than when he was surrounded by all of them. Honest to a fault and a never ending support, his family will forever treasure the wonderful memories he has left them with.
He was preceded in death by his wife Lola, Brother Jack Hodgkins, and sister Opal Guest.
Survivors Son C.L. (Coppy) Hodgkins and wife Lisa, daughter Penny Sparks and husband Jimmy, granddaughter Candy Holt and Husband Paul, grandson C.L. (Trey) Hodgkins and wife Mindy, grandson Roscoe(Reesey)Sparks and wife Diana, granddaughter Maegan Kostiha and husband Jim and eleven great-grandchildren.