Scott Hodge


One Year…

Oct 12, 2005

Larryhodgeandjulia_1One year ago today my father (and best friend), Larry Hodge, entered into eternity. 

As you can imagine (and as many of you know…), October 12, 2004 was quite a day for all of us.  His departure was completely unexpected; and I sometimes still feel a bit shocked that he’s gone.

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year already.  At times it feels like just yesterday that he and I were sitting in Shaw’s Crab House having happy hour appetizers and talking about connecting with unchurched people in our community.  Other times it feels like 5 years has gone by.

Tonight my family gathered for dinner to celebrate his life and just be together.  His absence is still felt during those times and he is missed more than words can say. 

Thank you everyone for your phone calls, IM’s, emails and notes.  They mean so much.  I can honestly say that I’ve never known or understood the true meaning of "community" like I do now.  It’s a beautiful thing.

And just in case people in Heaven read blogs…

Dad – thank you.  For everything. 

You are missed, remembered and loved more and more every day. 

Your son,


P.S. Remember how I used to think that it was weird that old people always thought and talked about Heaven?  Not anymore…


8 Responses to “One Year…”

  1. Greg Surratt says:

    I was moved by your tribute to your dad…when I saw his picture I realized that I knew him…not well, but I knew him as a good man, an encourager. I pastored a small church in Western Illinois for 8 years.
    It’s good to remember…and feel…

  2. Robb Schmidgall says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Your dad was a great man and will always be missed! Give your Mom our love as well!
    Old School – Robb

  3. Awesome tribute. Looking at his picture there next to your goofball self, it looks like you and he made a great team. I think, somehow, in God’s infinite way, you’re still a great team.
    There’s nothing in the world like a dad who is a best friend.
    Wow. Now blogging has for the first time officially brought tears to my eyes.
    Thanks for sharing this Scott.

  4. Kathryn Egly says:

    Amber, Terri, and I visited the cemetery yesterday. Some others had visited and left flowers for him. We spent some time talking about memories of him–laughing and crying. We miss him too.

  5. Rachel says:

    I thought of you often yesterday and it brought tears to my eyes knowing what you are going through. Blessings to your family.

  6. Ted says:

    Kathryn and I were talking about your dad’s passing last night — we certainly miss him! As you said, it is still shocking to think about.
    Thank you for your words Tuesday, as we both reminisced together over the joy and encouragement he brought into our lives.
    Thank you.

  7. dave says:

    You have been in our prayers and will remain there. I can still remember meeting Larry at CA convention when I was 16. Then the very next year he became my Pastor.
    Good memories.

  8. Doug says:

    Your dad was (and is) very much loved because of the kind of person he was. In the 25 years that I knew him, he was my pastor, encouragor, mentor, and friend. But mostly, he was my friend. He loved the Lord and he loved people, no matter who they were…nothing made him happier than to see someone enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, I had the privilege of working closely with Pastor Larry for 8 years on the deacon board. I learned much from him, not so much from his words, but from his steadfast Christ-like example. He is terribly missed!

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