Longtime Greenwood pharmacist Curtis Hodges was a great friend as well as a great colleague, former business partner Charlie Jones said Tuesday.
“We never had brothers and sisters, and we got along more like brothers than a lot of people that are related,” Jones said.
Mr. Hodges died at the age of 80 on March 10 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood Delta Funeral Home, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m.
Mr. Hodges’ survivors include his wife of 59 years, Sarah, whom he met when they were kids attending church together. They began dating when he was starting at The University of Mississippi and she was still a senior in high school.
“He was a really caring husband and father,” Sarah said. “He cared about all his customers at the drug store and just helped so many people.”
A Chester native, Mr. Hodges graduated from Ackerman High School. He went to pharmacy school at Ole Miss, and in 1967, he moved to Greenwood and began working at Roberts Drug Store.
Jones, a lifelong friend of Mr. Hodges, also came to work at Roberts Drug Store with him and eventually bought the business with him. Additionally, they partnered with Hugh Taylor and began to develop a relationship with Greenwood-area customers.
Jones met Mr. Hodges at Ole Miss in pharmacy school in the fall of 1959, and they kept in touch. He said that they would visit each other long after they’d left Oxford when they passed through each other’s towns.
Jones remembered Mr. Hodges fondly and said that they had a “great relationship.”
“It still is, and it always will be. It was a great relationship, and we just found a new brother and sister,” Jones said emotionally, referring to Mr. Hodges and his wife.
After purchasing Roberts Drug Store and also Barrett Drugs, they closed Roberts Drug Store and changed the name of Barrett Drugs to Barrett-Hodges Drugs. Additionally, they owned and operated other pharmacies within Greenwood, including Eastgate Pharmacy, Downtown Drugs and the Medical Center pharmacies.
“The business was good when we sold it, and it’s good now,” Jones said.
Mr. Hodges retired in 2007 and moved to Gluckstadt in 2011.
He lived in Greenwood during his time at the pharmacies and was a neighbor to Jones. The two also attended Calvary Baptist Church while Mr. Hodges was in Greenwood, and he later attended Grace Crossing Baptist Church in Gluckstadt.
“Not only were we partners, we were the best of friends,” Jones said. “We were either at their house or they were at our house practically every week.”
Jones said their relationship brought him a lot of good memories.
“We did things together when we could both get off at the same time,” Jones said. “It’s difficult for both pharmacists to be gone, but every once in a while we’d get someone to come in and fill our places.”
Sarah Hodges said her husband was “a really good fellow.”
“He was just so good and kind to everybody,” she said.
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