Doug Hodo Sr.
Dr. Edward Douglas "Doug" Hodo, Sr. passed away after a brief fight with cancer on October 10, 2016. He was born on November 11, 1934 in Amory, Mississippi to James Edward Hodo and Allison Cole Hodo, who precede him in death. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Sadie Branch Hodo. Likewise, he is survived by his children, Allison Hodo Clements of Floresville, Texas, Edward Douglas "Doug" Hodo, Jr. of Boerne and Patrick Gunter Hodo of Boerne, along with their respective spouses Mike Clements, Lori Martin Hodo and Jennifer Robertson Hodo. He is also survived by ten grandchildren, Michael "Micah" Joseph Clements, Jr., Andrew "Drew" Cole Clements, Luke Douglas Clements, John Gunter "Gunter" Clements, Hannah Leigh Hodo, Grace Ann Hodo, Edward Douglas "Douglas" Hodo, III, Hayden Ryan Hodo, Cole Bennett Hodo and Austin Gunter Hodo. Also, he is survived by his brother David Gunter Hodo and his wife Mary Nan Hodo of Amory, Mississippi. No short summary of Doug's life can begin to describe the impact that he has had in the world at large or his impact on the Christian Kingdom of God. Doug's career began in the US Army in 1954 with a deployment to Germany during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge from the Army in 1956, he attended the University of Mississippi. He graduated and moved back to Amory where he met his future wife, Sadie. In 1961, he and Sadie moved to Oxford, Mississippi to work for the University of Mississippi. With a dedication to education, Doug worked and earned two Masters degrees in the same graduation along with a PhD in Economics and Finance in 1968. During this time, he also was an integral part of the integration of the University of Mississippi, for which he received a commendation from Robert Kennedy, the US Attorney General. Doug was hired as one of the founding members of the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in 1972 as the Dean of the College of Business at the age of 38. Doug founded and built the College of Business at UTSA, where he led the school's first accreditation. He served in that capacity for 15 years. In 1987, he was named the second President of Houston Baptist University, fulfilling his desire to lead students in a Christ first education. Serving, from 1987 until 2006, Doug revitalized the university, constructing a number of buildings and putting the university on a firm financial foundation. He and Sadie were honored with the naming of the Sadie and Doug Hodo Residence College in 2013. He was involved in numerous for profit and not-for-profit boards, including former Chairman of the Board at Stewart Title, board member of US Global, AAA, Goodwill Industries, Texas Heritage Bank, Hill Country Pregnancy Care Center, and Faith Comes by Hearing as well as many, many others. He was also a founding board member of USAA Bank, Castle Hills First Baptist School, Houston Christian High School and Living Water International. Doug taught Bible Study for 60 years, including Castle Hills, the Disciples/Ticket to Heaven class at Second Baptist Church in Houston and the Followers Sunday School class at First Baptist Boerne, while also serving as a Deacon at each respective church. His wife, Sadie, was the absolute love of his life. They had a magical love affair for over 57 years. They spent every morning drinking coffee on the back porch enjoying their view, talking and praying for their day and their family. He was driven to ensure that his children and grandchildren knew that he loved them and was proud of them. His steadfast and unwavering faith was an inspiration to many. Family and friends were one of his highest priorities. He was a teacher, friend, leader, servant, encourager, and a generous giver. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Ed and Sadie Hodo Children's Endowed Scholarship at Houston Baptist University, 7502 Fondren Road, Houston, TX 77074, www.hbu.edu ; Hill Country Pregnancy Care Center at PO Box 205, Boerne, TX 78006, www.lifesprecious.org ; or Faith Comes by Hearing at 2421 Aztec Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107, www.faithcomesbyhearing.com . A Visitation Service was held at Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. The Funeral service was held Thursday, October 13, 2016 at First Baptist Church of Boerne. Interment was at Boerne Cemetery. To leave condolences for the family, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com and select the Obituaries tab. Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.
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