Deacon Bennie “Sass” Hodges was born February 8, 1966. He was the oldest child of Mr. Herbert Hodges, Jr. and the late Mrs. Verria Mae Salley Hodges. He entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, July 7, 2019 at his home. Home-Going Celebration will be held Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Progressive Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 282 Progressive Way, Denmark, South Carolina. Elder William E. Smith, Pastor and Eulogist. Interment, Green Pond Cemetery, Smoaks, South Carolina.
He was a graduate of Ruffin High School in 1984, where he obtained honors for academic, baseball and band. After high school, he served his country in the United States Marine Corps.
At an early age, he accepted Christ as his Savior. Bennie was a true man of God. He studied the word and applied it to his daily life. His sole purpose for living was to save souls. Most people knew him for his morning inspirational text messages with various scriptures. He was famous for his home answering machine message based on Act 2:38.
Later, he attended Denmark Technical College and furthered his career in Charleston at Nelson Electronics Institute where he obtained his certificate in Auto Mechanics. Once he became a Mechanic, he dubbed himself as SASS the Tune up Master.
Upon hearing the truth of God’s word, Deacon Bennie Hodges submitted to water baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ according to Acts 2:38 on, December 27, 1992 at the Progressive Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Denmark, SC and received the gift of the Holy Ghost that same day. He continued steadfastly in the Apostolic Doctrine until his death.
He was ordained as a Deacon at the Progressive Church, Denmark on, November 12, 2004 and served in several capacities such as, Co-chairman of the Brotherhood Department, Sunday school teacher and Usher. He loved his Church family dearly and often talked about them.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Verria Mae Salley Hodges, his sister, Sheila Kelly; his aunt, Mariah Hills, his uncle, Eugene Hodges.
Bennie leaves to cherish his memories his father, Herbert Hodges Jr.; his siblings Michelle “Relly” Hodges, George Hodges, and Lamar Herb Hodges; four aunts, Earnestine Hodges, Rachel Hodges, Lottie Hodges, and Mona Lisa Hodges; two uncles, Harold (Alice) Hodges and Raymond Hodges; his nieces, Dicerria H. Cheeke (Kevin), Mercedes Hodges; his nephews, Christopher Hodges, Sr., Kahill Kelly, George Hughes; one brother in law, Marvin Kelly and a host of cousins, great nieces, great nephews, other relatives and special friends.
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