ANDERSON Co., S.C. (WSPA) — Funeral services will be held today for Master Deputy Devin Hodges.
The Anderson County sheriff’s deputy died Thursday during a training exercise on Lake Hartwell.
Colleagues and loved ones say Deputy Hodges was happy to go to work each day and had dreamed of being an officer since he was a boy.
The funeral service starts at 1 p.m. at the Anderson Civic Center. The public is invited to attend.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has requested that flags be flown at half staff today in honor of Deputy Hodges.
Arrival and procession of casket and family
Opening prayer and scripture – Pastor Christopher Hudson
Remarks – Captain Greg Allen – Lander University Police Dept.
Special Music – “If Heaven Was Need A Hero”
Remarks – Chief Eddie Briggs – Lander University Police Dept.
Special Video Presentation
Remarks – Sergeant Jon Wilkerson – Anderson County Sheriffs Office
Special Music – “My Little Girl”
Remarks – Sheriff Chad McBride – Anderson Co. Sheriff
Table Top Ceremony – Spartanbug Co. Sheriffs Office
The Funeral Message – Pastor Christopher Hudson, Retired Major – Laurens County Sheriffs Office
Closing Prayer – Pastor Christopher Hudson
Devin Pressley Hodges, age 30, passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2017, while participating in a training exercise in the line of duty.
Born in Greenwood, SC, on April 25, 1987, he is the son of his strong and loving mother, Shari Lea Demerest Gambrell of Anderson, SC and Ronnie L. Hodges of Honea Path, SC. Devin from a young age has had his eyes set on becoming a police officer. After graduating from Westside High School in 2006, he began his law enforcement career as a dispatcher for Anderson Co. He then worked for Laurens County, Abbeville County and Lander Police Department, before returning to Anderson County in January 2017. He became a Uniformed Patrol Deputy in 2017, with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, and was recently accepted to The Marine Patrol. He was liked and respected by all of his bothers and sisters in blue, including those who worked with him on Bravo Shift. Above all was Devin’s passion for his work, selfless commitment to his family and absolute dedication as father. Family was everything to Devin.
He is survived by his loving wife of the home, Krystal Leanne Kimbrel Hodges, of Hodges, SC; children, Jeffrey Williams, James Michaell, Katie Leanne and Dianna Paige, all of whom were the light of his life; a brother who was kike his best friend, Christopher B. Hodges of Anderson, SC; and a sister that looked to him as her hero, Dominique D. Gambrell of Anderson, SC. He was proceed in death by his infant daughter, Isabella Faith Hodges.
The funeral service to honor the life of Master Deputy Hodges will be held at the Anderson Civic Center, on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Oakbrook Memorial Park in Greenwood, SC. The Hodges family will receive friends at the Anderson Civic Center on Monday, June 5 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Flowers will be accespted, or memorials may be mad to The Devin Hodges Memorial Fund at any Park Sterling Bank branch or by visiting parksterlingbank.com/locations.htm to find a local branch.