Sep 052014

hodgkins, larry   Larry S. Hodgkins, 83, passed away on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in his home in Show Low. A small memorial service will be announced at a later date.

He was born in Mineral Wells, Texas, on Dec 1, 1930.

Larry had a long illness but always had his sense of humor.

He retired from Navajo County as a building inspector, and was well known for his artistic ability as a carpenter. He built several custom homes, and helped remodel commercial and residential establishments throughout the State of Arizona.  He served in the Navy right out of high school.

Larry married Bobbie Jo Matlock in 1951 and had four children in Phoenix. He moved to Show Low in 1970. He met and married Wanda Chappel. They were married over 26 years before she passed away.

He was known for his passion to collect antique tools, and was a great partner to all of his friends in the neighborhood watering holes. He loved NASCAR and watched all types of sports on TV for his entertainment.

Survivors include his twin daughters, Janet McDonald of Phoenix and Judy Button of Show Low; his son, Steve Hodgkins of Show Low; five grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his youngest son, Garry Hodgkins on May 18, 1999; his second wife, Wanda Hodgkins on Feb. 27, 2000; his first wife, Bobbie Jo Hodgkins on July 5, 2002; and his parents, Lawrence J. Hodgkins and Joy Orleen Locke.

Silver Creek Mortuary of Taylor was in charge of the arrangements.