Bobby “Bob” F. Hodges, 87, of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away on Monday, October 17, 2022, with his wife, Sharon, by his side. He was born on September 30, 1935, to William Floyd and Ortha Walton Hodges.
A native of Knoxville, Bob was a graduate of Central High School and the University of Tennessee where he earned a degree in business. He served in the United States Navy on the USS Lexington and the USS Hornet carriers in the Korean War. Bob began his professional career with Phoenix Mutual Insurance and later earned a Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI), a designation of the highest standard granted to appraisers by the Appraisal Institute. He spent the next five decades of his career as a commercial real estate appraiser and consultant in the Knoxville area. He led several appraisal firms, including Hodges, MacArthur and Dunn, P.C. Bob’s lengthy career concluded after a partnership with Nelson Pratt, MAI, of Knoxville, when the duo established Hodges and Pratt, P.C. A well-known and respected professional in the real estate industry, Bob was admired by many for his knowledge in his field. He served as a mentor for many young professionals who aspired to follow in his footsteps. Additionally, he was the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career and served as president of the Tennessee chapter of the Appraisal Institute.
A humble man of faith, Bob’s love for the Lord, his family, and the people he met along his journey was expressed in a life well lived. He was a founding member of the Apostles Anglican Church of Knoxville, where he was committed to serving the church and its members, and was also an active volunteer with the Knoxville chapter of the Mission of Hope.
A man of many unique talents and hobbies, Bob earned his Instrument Flight Rules license from the Pilot Institute to fulfill his love of flying. He also enjoyed scuba diving, Porsche racing rallies, sailing, fishing in the Florida Keys, and his many golden retrievers who served as his loyal companions over the years. Bob spent much of his time on the golf course with his lifelong friends and was always up for a well-earned libation after a successful round of the sport. His most beloved hobby was traveling across the United States with his wife and family in their RV. At the end of the day, he could be found with his wife and dogs by his side enjoying a good cigar and a glass of scotch.
Bob is survived by his devoted wife of 40 years, Sharon Smith Hodges; sons Chris Hodges (Carrie) of Nashville and Michael Hodges (Melodie) of Ponte Vedra, Florida; stepdaughters Lisa Poersch (Pat) of Blairsville, Georgia, Pam Tuter of Hermitage, and Kathleen Haun of Maryville; grandchildren Carey and Davis Hodges of Knoxville, Matt Hodges of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Nicky Hodges of Lexington, Kentucky, Jake Poersch (Whitney) of Knoxville, Maggie Crumpton (Dakota) of Heflin, Alabama, Sarah Poersch of Atlanta, Georgia, Katy Goad (Malachi) of Hermitage, Kelly Pendergrast of Murfreesboro, and Luke and Addie Haun of Maryville; and three great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the compassionate staff at The Nursing Center at Little Creek and Arbor Terrace, both of Knoxville, for the loving care and support to Bob and Sharon throughout his courageous, decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at Apostles Anglican Church, located at 1540 Robinson Road in Knoxville, with a receiving of friends to follow. The family will hold a private, graveside service on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at the Smith Cemetery in Oneida. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Knoxville chapter of Mission of Hope.
Arrangements are being handled by West-Murley Funeral Home in Oneida. Please visit www.westmurleyfh.net/listings to share your condolences with the family.