Hodges receives top state honor
Former Davidson County Transportation Manager George Hodges had few words for his former co-workers this week when he was presented with the official proclamation naming him to the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
Hodges, a graduate of High Point Central High School, was nominated by Rep. Rayne Brown, R-Davidson. Gov. Bev Perdue signed the certificate.
Hodges worked for the Davidson County Transportation Department for 25 years, the last five years as transportation manager. Hodges started as an administrative manager. He retired at the end of 2012.
County Commissioner Don Truell presented Hodges the official certificate during a commissioners meeting after reading a list of Hodges’ accomplishments, including his success in establishing money-saving fixed bus routes in Thomasville and Lexington in recent years. Grants paid for much of the start up costs.
“We now have fixed bus routes in the most populated areas of the county,” Truell said.
Hodges offered a softly spoken, “Thank you.”
Hodges joins a group of distinguished public servants, including William C. Friday, and athletes, including NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt and basketball star Michael Jordan, who have received the honor.