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An honor guard presents Thelma Hodges with a folded flag of the United States during the funeral service for her husband, Earl Hodges, at Naples Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Naples. Earl Hodges is a longtime Naples resident, known philanthropist, World War II veteran and community leader. He died Friday at age 86.

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Dania Maxwell/Staff An honor guard presents Thelma Hodges with a folded flag of the United States during the funeral service for her husband, Earl Hodges, at Naples Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Naples. Earl Hodges is a longtime Naples resident, known philanthropist, World War II veteran and community leader. He died Friday at age 86.

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An honor guard presents Thelma Hodges with a folded flag of the United States during the funeral service for her husband, Earl Hodges, at Naples Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Naples. Earl Hodges is a longtime Naples resident, known philanthropist, World War II veteran and community leader. He died Friday at age 86.
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Pallbearer's carry the casket of Earl Hodges during a funeral service at Naples Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Naples. Hodges is a longtime Naples resident, known philanthropist, World War II veteran and community leader. He died Friday at age 86.
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Taps is played by trumpet at the funeral service for Earl Hodges at Naples Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Naples. Hodges is a longtime Naples resident, known philanthropist, World War II veteran and community leader. He died Friday at age 86.
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President of Hodges University, Dr. Jeanette Brock, speaks at the funeral service for Earl Hodges at Naples Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Naples. The university was dubbed Hodges University following $12 million donated to the International College by Thelma and Earl Hodges. Earl Hodges is a longtime Naples resident, known philanthropist, World War II veteran and community leader. He died Friday at age 86.
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Many came out to honor the life of Earl Hodges at his funeral service at Naples Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Naples. Hodges is a longtime Naples resident, known philanthropist, World War II veteran and community leader. He died Friday at age 86.
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Three rifle volleys are fired in honor of Earl Hodges at his funeral service at Naples Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Naples. Hodges is a longtime Naples resident, known philanthropist, World War II veteran and community leader. He died Friday at age 86.
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Pallbearers carry the casket of Earl Hodges during a funeral service at Naples Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Naples. Hodges is a longtime Naples resident, known philanthropist, World War II veteran and community leader. He died Friday at age 86.
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Pallbearers carry the casket of Earl Hodges during a funeral service at Naples Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Naples. Hodges is a longtime Naples resident, known philanthropist, World War II veteran and community leader. He died Friday at age 86.
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John R. Wood speaks at the funeral service for Earl Hodges at Naples Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Naples. Wood and Hodges were longtime friends. Hodges is a Naples resident, known philanthropist, World War II veteran and community leader. He died Friday at age 86.
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Many family and friends of Earl Hodges came out to honor his life at his funeral service at Naples Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Naples. Hodges is a longtime Naples resident, known philanthropist, World War II veteran and community leader. He died Friday at age 86.
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Pallbearer's carry the casket of Earl Hodges during a funeral service at Naples Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Naples. Hodges is a longtime Naples resident, known philanthropist, World War II veteran and community leader. He died Friday at age 86.
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Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk gives his respects to Thelma Hodges during the funeral service for her husband, Earl Hodges, at Naples Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Naples. Earl Hodges is a longtime Naples resident, known philanthropist, World War II veteran and community leader. He died Friday at age 86.
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The Hodges mausoleum is honored with United States flags on the day of Earl Hodges' funeral service at Naples Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Naples. Earl Hodges is a longtime Naples resident, known philanthropist, World War II veteran and community leader. He died Friday at age 86.

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