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Deaconess Evia M. Hodges

March 11, 1924 April 20, 2019
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Deaconess Evia M. Hodges was born on March 11, 1924 in Cuthbert, Georgia, daughter of the late Joseph and Ruth Bell Grier. She was the fifth of 13 children. As a child, her father and all his children sat around the fireplace where they would pray, sing and read the bible. At the age of nine years old, Evia joined the Benevolent Baptist Church where she loved to sing in the choir and attended Sunday school. She attended the Randolph County High School. At the age of seventeen years old, she left Cuthbert, Georgia and moved to Elizabeth, New Jersey. Once in New Jersey, she attended Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Roselle. In 1943, she joined the church where she sang in the Senior Choir and attended Sunday school.

In 1946, she married Benjamin Burnett after he returned from the military service. From that union, two children were born: Sheila Diane and Allen Benson Burnett. In 1973, she married Deacon Rastus Hodges and became the mother to Eva Marie Hodges and Helen Hodges.

The Emergency Choir was started in 1956 in the basement of the church, which Deaconess Hodges was the Vice-President of the choir. She was the Chairperson of the Church Anniversary Committee and she brought in the Smorgasbord as a fundraiser for the church. In 1974, Evia became the President of the Deaconess Board at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church until 2009. In 1975, she became a Trustee to work for the Lord.

Evia was employed at Hyatt Roller Bearings in Clark, New Jersey. Out of her very first paycheck, Deaconess Hodges gave ten dollars as a fundraiser to help build this church we are in today. She worked as a Budon Machine Operator at Singer for over 20 years. She also was an Army Truck Operator for the United States Army.

Deaconess Hodges loved to help people from all walks of life. She always welcomed people into her home, and always had a full house. One of her favorite well-known dishes among many were her famous collard greens and cornbread. To many close to her, she was known as the “Collard Green Queen.” Not only family, but many others requested her to make collard greens for them. On every Sunday, everyone seemed to migrate to Grandma’s house, because she would always be feeding someone. She seems to be a mother to everyone. Her telephone was constantly ringing with someone calling for advice or help with their problems. From young to old, she was ALWAYS the person to look to for advice. She not only showered her love to so many people, but she was beloved and adored by SO MANY who will all miss her dearly. Evia loved the Lord, and always talked about Jesus.

On Saturday, April 20, 2019, Deaconess Evia M. Hodges answered the Master’s call to be with the Lord.

She was predeceased by her husband, Deacon Rastus Hodges; first husband, Benjamin Burnett; daughter, Helen Hodges; and nine siblings.

Deaconess Hodges leaves to cherish precious memories, her three children: Sheila Diane Burnett, Allen Benson Burnett and his wife, Carol and Eva Marie Harris; three brothers: Roosevelt Grier, Arthur Grier and William “Bee” Grier; sister, Alice Williams; 11 grandchildren: Charese Richardson, Errol Richardson, Shahid Richardson, Pastor Tanya Johnson, Gary “Boo Boo” Baker, Tariq Mustafa, Omar Carter, Allencia Aiken, Altrina Aiken, Stanley Harris and Brandon Harris; adopted grandson, Rev. Gilbert C. Young; twenty-four great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and a host of dear friends and the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church family.

[Proverbs 31:29 – 31] “Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Giver her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.”


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