The legacy of Hodges Funeral Home dates back to the post-World War II era, when a young veteran named Nathan Hodges Jr. chose to begin a career as a mortician and embalmer. That choice led him from his hometown of Meridian north to Oxford, where he joined what was then Bankhead-McEwen Funeral Home, later Bankhead-Weems, as an embalmer and funeral director.
After a brief stint in Aberdeen, he returned to Oxford as a junior partner in Bankhead-Weems-Hodges Funeral Home and, in 1967, purchased the business and made it his own. The funeral home remained in the same location it had held since 1934, at 604 Jackson Avenue until it relocated in 1987 to Highway 30 East near Highway 7.
Over the course of his career, Nathan Hodges Jr. earned broad respect as a community leader. He was among a core group of black and white citizens who worked together to safely and successfully carry out the integration of Oxford Public Schools in the late 1960s.
Since the death of Nathan Hodges Jr. in 2002, the funeral home has gone through several transitions. And today, LaVera Hodges is still serving families of north Mississippi while continuing the proud legacy the Hodges name conveys. LaVera has been involved in the funeral home professionally, since 1973 and has been a licensed mortician for nearly 36 years.
The caring and experienced professionals at L. Hodges Funeral Service are here to support you through this difficult time. We offer a range of personalized services to suit your family’s wishes and requirements. You can count on us to help you plan a personal, lasting tribute to your loved one. And we’ll carefully guide you through the many decisions that must be made during this challenging time.
You are welcome to call us at any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance. Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience. We also provide a wealth of information here on our web site so you can learn more from the privacy of your own home.
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