Barbara Rusheon Hodges
May 31, 2004
SHREVEPORT, LA - Barbara Rusheon Hodges died Thursday, May 27, 2004 after a brief illness following surgery.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 275 Southfield Road. Officiating will be the Rev. Guido F. Verbeck, III, Rector. Burial will be in Forest Park Cemetery. Family visitation will be at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall Street beginning at 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 31, 2004.

Mrs. Hodges was born October 15, 1935 in Shreveport, Louisiana to L.B. and Mamie White Rusheon. They made their home in Greenwood, Louisiana until 1942 when they moved to Shreveport. Barbara was educated at Greenwood Elementary, A.C. Steere Elementary, C.E. Byrd High School and Centenary College, where she was the Kappa Alpha Rose. She married Jack Hodges, III, Shreveport Advertising pioneer, and they had three daughters, Toinette, Cinde and Leigh. Jack and Barbara both entered the advertising and public relations field, opening Jack Hodges, III Communications, Inc. in 1961. They later also owned and operated Audio Visual Communications, Inc. in New Orleans and Baton Rouge and Adcom Management Systems, Inc., a computer software company for advertising agencies, nationwide. Mrs. Hodges retired in 1991, when the companies were sold.

Barbara was very involved with all of her three daughters' activities. She taught Sunday School at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and was a member of the Altar Guild of St. Paul's. She was a member of Chapter F PEO Sisterhood and Tri Psi. She served on the Customer Advisory Board for the Postal Service in this area and was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She was a member of the Community Advisory Board of Compeer, and arm of the Mental Health Association and a Board Member for the Louisiana Association for the Blind.

Barbara has been very active in the C.E. Byrd Alumni Association, on the board and served as Secretary. She designed, originated and wrote the Byrd Alumni High Life, the organization's newsletter. Barbara helped initiate alumni dues, worked on the Ravenna Courtyard Executive Committee, was a co-chairman for the 1996 Ultimate Reunion II, which raised over $100,000 for the school and brought in 10,000 graduates for a four day celebration. She was Chairman of the Koffman Research Center addition to the school library, active in fund raising for the corner monument and Chairman of the Alumni office and volunteers. She was named to the C.E. Byrd Hall of Fame in 1998.

Mrs. Hodges was active in the growth of the Republican Party in the 1960's, working for many local and state campaigns and was on the staff of Goldwater for President at the Republican National Convention in 1964.

Mrs. Hodges was preceded in death by her husband, Jack and her parents L.B. Rusheon and Mamie White Rusheon Breazeale. She is survived by her daughters; Toinette Rakel and husband Jay; Cinde Sanders and husband Dal of Dallas, and Leigh Wilsey and husband Randall of Jacksonville, Florida. Grandchildren: Aimee Saulters and husband Trey; Brannon Adams; Andy Adams; Erin Adams; Kevin Rakel; Christopher Rakel; Michelle Rakel Parker and husband Craig; Jason Rakel; Kel Sanders; Chaz Sanders; Ian Holman and Brannon Holman. Great grandchildren: Garbielle Saulters, Jack Dawson Saulters and Olivia Adams. Other survivors include Jerry Hodges, Sharon Hodges, Nicole Hodges of Dallas; Sue White, Suellyn and Thomas Knowles, Marsha and Larry Garred, Tom and Janice White, Dr. David Adams and his wife Karen.

Pallbearers will be Thornton Brice, Dr. David Adams, William Reyenga, Hoyt Bain, Tom White, and Thomas Knowles. Honorary pallbearers will be Trey Saulters, Brannon Adams, Andy Adams, Charles Allen, Kel Sanders, Ian Holman and Craig Parker.

The family suggests any memorials may be made to C.E. Byrd High School Alumni Association, 3201 Line Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71104.Rose-Neath Funeral Home

Marshall St. Chapel 222-0348