Brooksie Nell Phillips Hodges

EASTLAND — Former Big Spring resident Brooksie Nell Phillips Hodges, age 87, of Eastland, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Bakker Funeral Home Chapel at 411 S. Mulberry in Eastland, Texas. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Memorial Park in Big Spring. The Rev. Bruce Lambert will officiate.She was born April 20, 1926, in Howard County north of Big Spring to Earl and Hazel (Gressett) Phillips. She graduated from Big Spring High School in 1943 and attended Howard County Jr. College in 1946-1947 and was a part of the very first class at the college. She attended Hardin Simmons University in Abilene and graduated with a BA and went on to receive a MA degree from West Texas State University in 1980.Brooksie Nell Phillips married Hubert Charles Hodges June 4, 1949, in Big Spring. They were married 41 years before Charles died with cancer in 1991.She is survived by sons, Philip Charles Hodges of San Angelo and Dennis Jay Hodges and his wife, Elain, of Bella Vista, Ark., two grandchildren; and serval nieces and nephews.Brooksie was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Hazel; two brothers, Elmo and Bobby Phillips; and a sister, Hazel Ruth Hull.The family request memorials to Howard College Scholarship Fund, 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, TX 79720 or to the Cancer Research Centers.