Joel “Joey” Ray Hodge, Jr.

Joel “Joey” Ray Hodge Jr., 56, of Newland, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 at Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

He was born on Jan. 1, 1964, in Mitchell County to the Carol Isaacs and the late Joel Ray Hodge. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, the Rev. Mack Hodge and wife, Leona Hodge and Fred Buchanan and his wife, Dorothy; and two uncles, Johnny and Jerry Buchanan.

Joey was Chief of Security for Sugar Top Resort in Banner Elk. He was of the Baptist Faith. Joey was a true friend to many people and loved to make people laugh. Joey was fun, loving, and a caring man. Joey loved to ride his Harley every chance he had and was the UNC Tar Heels’ No. 1 fan.

Those left to cherish his memory are his mother, Carol Isaacs and husband Charles of Newland; one sister, Holly Isaacs of Newland; and numerous loving uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in the Grandfather Chapel of Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with the Rev. Phil Murdock officiating. The family received friends prior to the service from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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The care of Joey and his family has been entrusted to Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland. (828) 733-2121

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