Wednesday October 7th, 2015 12:21AM

Poultry pioneer dies

By Ken Stanford Reporter
GAINESVILLE - Tom Hodge of Gainesville, a pioneer in the early development of the North Georgia poultry industry, has died.

Hodge died Saturday.

For 25 years, Hodge was president of Hodge & Murphy Poultry Company. In other business ventures he was President of Mulberry Farms and Braselton Packing Company, Manager of the Georgia Poultry Exchange and General Manager of Miller Poultry Company. He was one of the organizers of Lanier Park Hospital in Gainesville (now a part of Northeast Georgia Health System) where he served on the board and as its Chairman. He also served on the board of both the Gainesville Planning Commission and the Gainesville-Hall County Development Authority.

A Navy veteran who served in the Pacific theater during World War II, Hodge was a Commander of the Paul E. Bolding Post 7 of the American Legion. He was an Exalted Ruler of the Gainesville Elks Club #1126. He was past president of the Gainesville Civitan Club, the Rifle and Pistol Club, and the North Georgia Sportsmans Club.

A member of the Gainesville First Presbyterian Church, he had served as an Elder, Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, and on various boards at the Presbytery and Synod level. He also was a Trustee of the Presbyterian Home, in Quitman, Georgia.

Services will be held Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church at 11:00.

(A complete obituary can be found on the Obituaries Page.)
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