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Earl and Thelma Hodges celebrate 50th anniversary of Hodges Funeral Home

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- Since the mid-1950s, Earl and Thelma Hodges have left an indelible mark on Naples with their civic and charitable work, most notably with Hodges University and Naples Community Hospital. This year, they celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Hodges Funeral Home business.

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- Since the mid-1950s, Earl and Thelma Hodges have left an indelible mark on Naples with their civic and charitable work, most notably with Hodges University and Naples Community Hospital. This year, they celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Hodges Funeral Home business.

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- Since the mid-1950s, Earl and Thelma Hodges have left an indelible mark on Naples with their civic and charitable work, most notably with Hodges University and Naples Community Hospital. This year, they celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Hodges Funeral Home business.
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- Earl Hodges in the U.S. Merchant Marine.
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- Earl Hodges sits for a professional portrait in his early 20s as a new funeral director in Tennessee.
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- Earl Hodges in the Merchant Marines
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- The original location of Hodges Funeral Chapel on Tamiami Trail in North Naples.
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- Thema Hodges on the beach after arriving in Naples in 1955.
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- Thema Hodges, right, works with the 'Pink Ladies,' Naples Community Hospital Ladies Auxiliary in the late 1970s.
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- Earl Hodges gives his wife, Thelma, an antique horse-drawn hearse for their 20th wedding anniversary in 1978.
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- Earl Hodges gives his wife, Thelma, an antique horse-drawn hearse for their 20th wedding anniversary in 1978.
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- Thelma and Earl Hodges are awarded their honorary doctorate degrees at Hodges University

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