Vella Mae Hodge

Monday, April 7, 1924 - Sunday, September 27, 2015

Loved By Everyone

Photo of Vella Mae Hodge  - 1924-2015

Waynesville – Vella Mae Suttles Hodge, age 91, of Dicks Trail, entered into God’s eternal care on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

Mrs. Hodge was born April 7, 1924 in Buncombe County to the late Oscar Suttles and the late Annie Dee Scates Suttles Carr. She had resided most of her life in Haywood County and had been a dedicated employee of National Linen Service and the Smokey Mountain Laundry. Mrs. Hodge held a strong faith and she was always a firm believer in the Lord and often raised her voice in praise as she sang in many churches across the United States and also taught children and young people in Sunday school. She loved all types of beautiful flowers and was indeed a wonderful cook. Her delicious bread pudding and raisin pudding were among some of her special dishes enjoyed by her family and friends. First and foremost, Vella Mae Hodge will be remembered for her love of the Lord and for being a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Dallas Grayson Hodge and Arthur Lane Cooper; a son, Troy Curtis Hodge and an infant son, Roy McArthur Hodge; an infant granddaughter, Tanya Lamar Lockamy; grandsons, Dallas Ray Hodge, Jr., and Troy Curtis Hodge, Jr.; great-grandchildren, Clinton and Bobby Ray and a sister, Ruby Turner.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Dallas Ray Hodge of Clyde, Olivia Redmon and her husband, Charles Redmond of Waynesville, Darlene Drury and her husband, Bob Drury of Asheville, Kenneth Wayne Hodge and his wife, Jan Hodge of Catawba and Mellissa Deanna Hodge of Catawba; a brother, Bobby Ogle and his wife, Barbara Ogle of Bryson City; 17 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Canton. Pastor Mark Atkinson, Mrs. Hodge’s grandson, will be officiating. Burial will follow at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons.

The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the entire staff of The Homestead in Clyde for all the love and special care given to Mrs. Hodge.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Hodge family and words of comfort may be shared at

Condolences from family and friends

cookie i am sorry about your mother .she was a fine prayers are with you
patricia duncan hastings
Ray & Family sorry for the loss of your Mother you're in our thoughts and prayers may God bless and give you comfort. Phil & Donna , Preston Messer &Jincie Lee
Donna Messer
There are no words to express we all feel right now. You will forever be remembered for so many reasons ...Mamaw we love you an miss so much.. For sure God got a most special Angel ....
Steve Earley an Family
Dear Cookie, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. God bless you for all you did for her in her last years. Vella Mae was quite a lady and she will be missed.
Sylvia Blakeslee
Olivia, we are so sorry to here about your mother passing. The few time we met her, we could tell she was a sweet and loving person. I know Cora thought the world of her, and was always saying what a fine person she was. We will be praying for you and your family.
Drucilla & Kenneth Whitesides