Deborah Alis Hodge

06/03/1967 - 05/08/2024


Obituary For Deborah Alis Hodge

Deborah Alis “Debbie” Hodge, 56, of Hendersonville, NC passed away On Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at sunrise after a long illness. She was surrounded by her loving family. Debbie was preceded in death by her mom, Lucia P. Hodge, brother James M Hodge, her paternal grandparents: James and Seraphine Hodge and maternal grandparents: Victor and Margarita Pedraz.

Growing up in Hendersonville, NC, Debbie graduated from Hendersonville High School in 1985 before venturing to Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina. Armed with a Bachelor's in Pharmacy, she donned her white coat for 30 years, leaving a trail of healed hearts and happy customers in her wake.

Debbie was more than just a pharmacist—she was a Clemson Bengal Babe, a proud member of IPTAY, and a member of the Lambda Kappa Sigma Fraternity. She rode with the Women in the Wind of Asheville and mingled with fellow Elks at the BPOE #1616 Elks Club in Hendersonville.

Debbie had a huge heart. Debbie's mischievous spirit knew no bounds. She had a knack for imparting "special words" of encouragement to her nieces and nephews, whom she loved as fiercely as her pack of Westies.

And her love for Clemson football was unmatched—she'd sooner miss her own birthday than a Tigers game in the fall!

She loved her nieces, nephews and many of her friends’ children as if they were her own. She was a mom of numerous dogs including many Westies.

She was an amazing daughter, sister, aunt, niece, friend and avid Clemson Tiger fan!

In her final years, Debbie found her greatest love in Jeremi Maybin and his children Hailey and Drew, who stood steadfastly by her side, showering her with unwavering love and support.

Debbie also enjoyed riding her Harley-Davidson Low Rider motorcycle in the mountains and on the beach. When not behind the pharmacy counter, Debbie could be found tearing up the highways with the wind in her hair. She was a shining star in the motorcycle community, winning trophies for the style and sparkle of her bike. And let's not forget her cameo with James Garner in "My Fellow Americans"—talk about a silver screen debut!

Debbie is survived by her father, James Rex Hodge (Catherine) of Chapin, SC, Her sisters, Victoria Gunning, Elizabeth Romer (Jack) of Hendersonville, NC, Melinda Hodge of Greenville, SC and brothers William Hodge (Naomi-Fiancé’)Miami Springs, Fla, and Joe Hodge of Hendersonville, NC and amazing nieces and nephews: Tori and Seth Gunning; Grayson and Nicholas Romer; Will, Grant and Drew Kupec, Marin Hodge, Emily, Josh, Audrey and Olivia Simon Cassidy McQuatters and Ella Hodge, who will cherish her memory forever.

Join us for a Celebration of Life at Mountain Valley Baptist Church on May 11, 2024, where we'll swap stories and share laughter in honor of Debbie's zest for life. The address is 65 Mountain Valley Cemetery Rd, Zirconia, NC 28790 at 4pm on May 11, 2024. You may visit with the family after the Celebration at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be accepted at The Storehouse, continuing Debbie's legacy of spreading kindness and care in Henderson County. You can donate by CLICKING HERE.

Debbie may have left this world, but her spirit, like her laughter, will echo in our hearts forever. Keep riding high, Debbie. We'll catch up with you on the next leg of the journey.

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  • 05/15/2024

  • 05/15/2024

    Debbie I'll never forget our time in the pharmacy you helped me through the passing of my mom and my husband. You always could make me laugh no matter what kind of day we were having.. thank you for being there when Elki had surgery always ready to help. All of our little secrets about nothing really. I love you will miss you. My condolences to your family and you did love your family the children meant everything to you. Rip my friend much love . Thank you for teaching me so much and for being our friend..

  • 05/12/2024

    Dear Debbie was always right there with advice or a hug. She helped me navigate a stressful time in my life and cut through the medical mumbo jumbo and saved me from being over medicated. Every time I saw her it was just like we had talked yesterday. So sad that the world will miss her. She was a bright and shinning angel.

  • 05/11/2024

  • 05/11/2024

    Debbie's passing has saddened me and it weighs heavy on my heart. Words cannot express the loss I feel for our friendship. There will never be enough time to heal this wound. I extend all my love and sympathies to the family.

  • 05/11/2024

    This lady taught me so much and I will forever be grateful for the time spent with her in the Pharmacy and out!! She will be missed!! Prayers for the family! ❤️

  • 05/11/2024

    Debbie was a friend and fellow Bearcat. I have happy memories with her all through HJHS and HHS days. She became my parents Pharmacist and gave them extra love and attention which meant so much to us all! Debbie will be missed ❤️My love to the family!

  • 05/11/2024

    Debbie, always so friendly and fun. It's been years but whenever I saw her she would be smiling and up for a new adventure! A beautiful person inside and out...gone way too soon. The light her memory brings will continue to shine. ❤️

  • 05/10/2024

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  • 05/09/2024

    Beautiful inside and out! I love you Debbie

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