Paul C. Hodson, 84, of Wilmington, Ohio and a former longtime resident of Martinsville, Ohio passed peacefully 5:30 AM, Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Autumn Years Nursing Center. His wife, Lavaughn E. Camp Hodson, survives. They were married August 7, 1947. Mr. Hodson was born July 14, 1928 in Farmer’s Station, Ohio, son of the late Joseph E. and Inez M. Comer Hodson. He attended Martinsville School and later obtained his GED.
Mr. Hodson’s passion for working on various types of engines led to a career in the automotive field. He began his career working for City Service Oil Company as a power prover engineer. Next he worked as the manager of Berman Truck Leasing in Dayton and was then the manager for Main Auto Machine Shops in Dayton. He then operated a machine shop at Slagle Automotive in Wilmington. Eventually, Mr. Hodson owned and operated Hodson’s Automotive Machine Shop in Martinsville until his medical condition 18 years ago. Mr. Hodson was known for his perfection with engines, regardless of whether he was dealing with a car, race car, tractor, or combine.
He was a member of the F&AM Lodge #52 in Wilmington. He was a past master of the Martinsville Masonic Lodge #391. He was also a member of the New Vienna Order of the Eastern Star, a charter member of the Martinsville Lion’s Club, a past member of the Martinsville volunteer fire department, and a past board member of the Martinsville Water Department. He had attended the Martinsville United Methodist Church.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Hodson is survived by a daughter, JoAnn M. (Charles Gregory) Quallen of Wilmington, Ohio; three grandsons, Paul Douglas (Theresa) Quallen of Cincinnati, Ohio, Patrick Darian (Nicole) Quallen of Wilmington, Ohio, and Philip David (Michaella) Quallen of Xenia, Ohio; six great grandchildren, Parker Quallen, Jake McGuire, Corey Quallen, Cameron Quallen, C. R. Quallen, and Haley Quallen; a sister-in-law, Janet (James) Walsh of Franklin, Indiana; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, three brothers, Willard Max Hodson, Carl Hodson, and Everett Hodson, and two sisters, Elizabeth Leeth and Frieda Crosthwaite, are preceded in death.
Funeral services will be 3:00 PM, Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home, 327 N. South Street, Wilmington, Ohio with Rick Godlove officiating. Burial will be in Centerville Cemetery, Lees Creek, Ohio. Friends may call from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home. Masonic services will be held at 2:45 PM, Saturday, March 23, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Community Care Hospice, P.O. Box 123, Wilmington, Ohio 45177 or to the Clinton County Senior Center, 717 N. Nelson Avenue, Wilmington, Ohio 45177.