Richard Hodgetts passed away Monday August 13th after a long battle with cancer.
Dick grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1965, lettering in Track. Following graduation, he went to work for AT&T in various Sales and Operations management positions. Leaving AT&T in the 1980’s, he owned the Pinecrest Restaurant in Holly Springs, Georgia, and several Buffalo’s Café franchises in Cobb and Cherokee Counties. He then worked for the Providence Group as a Quality Control Manager. After moving to Morgan County in 2007, he wrote over 300 human interest columns for the Morgan County Citizen and the Lake Oconee News. He was a Paul Harris Fellow in the Rotary Club of Morgan County, and a member of the Madison Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Hodgetts, three children – Hunt Hodgetts, Holly Hodgetts Rowland and Darby Hodgetts Valego, his step daughter Kat DeMas Mulkey and her husband, Greg, his five grandchildren – Matthew Hodgetts (20), Helen Hodgetts (18), Ashlyn Rowland (17), Mia Valego (10) and Josie Valego (4), his sister Susan Hodgetts Stempel and her husband, John, and his niece, Alix Parson and her family.
A Celebration of Dick’s Life will be held on Saturday, August 25th at the Madison Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. No black attire is permitted.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Cancer Foundation, PO Box 49309, Athens, GA 30604 or www.cancerfoundationofnega.org.” The foundation assists cancer patients in financial need.