The Bee (Danville, Virginia) 8 October 1926 (Page 1)
Thomas Lawson (1859-1926) was the son of Y. F. Hodges and Martha Price Hodges. He was born 27 April 1859 (Caswell County, North Carolina) and died 8 October 1926 (Danville, Virginia). On 1 November 1888 he married Annie Williamson.
T. L. Hodges Passes Away at Hospital
Veteran Tobacco Man Succumbs After Long Illness
Thomas L. Hodges for nearly fifty years a widely known Danville citizen passed to his reward at five o'clock this morning at Edmonds [Edmunds] hospital. After a long period of declining health his condition became such five weeks ago that he was taken to the hospital for treatment which it was hoped would benefit him but he had grown steadily more feeble and for three weeks it had been recognized that his recovery was doubtful. Members of his devoted family were with him throughout the night and were grouped about him when death came.
The funeral will be held at three o'clock tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon from the home, 183 West Main Street and will be conducted by Rev. A. E. Acey with interment in Green Hill cemetery where his wife was laid to rest three years ago. The obsequies will be largely attended for Mr. Hodges had a large relationship and friendship throughout this section.
Born on April 27th 1859 in Caswell county, a son of the late Y. F. Hodges and Mrs. Martha Price Hodges, Mr. Hodges came to Danville at the age of twenty-one and since that time had resided here. His life was spent in the tobacco business and his ability in that field was recognized by his appointment to positions of large trust and reflecting his executive capacity. For many years he was identified with the old Farmers Warehouse. Later he was in business as a buyer on his own account. In 1902 he became identified with the American Tobacco Company and in 1911 he was placed in charge of the leaf business of the Export Leaf Tobacco Company of Danville and the surrounding section.
Failing health during the last five years had resulted in a diminution of his activity though he remained identified with the Export Company. Mr. Hodges was one of the oldest buyers on the Danville market and throughout his active life here had been devoted to the interests of the local market and a valued member of the Danville Tobacco Association. He was at one time a member of the executive committee of that organization.
Deceased was a member of Mount Vernon Methodist church since its organization and was a consecrated worshiper there. he belonged to no fraternal or secret organizations being essentially a home-loving man possessing those traits of Christian character which brought him many admirers.
Thirty-eight years ago he was married to Miss Annie Finley Williamson, daughter of Dr. Robert Williamson of Yanceyville, N. C. who died three years ago. He is survived by two children, Mrs. Alfred S. Wyllie of Greensboro, N. C., and T. Lawson Hodges of Danville. He also leaves a brother, J. B. Hodges of Sutherlin and three sisters, Mrs Adrian L. Carson of Urbanna; Mrs. Minnie Williams of Sutherlin and Mrs. J. E. Simpson of this city.