Barbara Fox

December 23, 2018

NORFOLK — Private services for Barbara S. (Hodges) Fox, 93, are pending at Home For Funerals in Norfolk. A memorial service and celebration of life will be at a later date.


Jesus carried her to her heavenly home on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018.

Barbara Sue was born March 28, 1925, in Nashville, Tenn., to her parents, Paul Cullom and Laura Donelson (Hayes) Hodges. She received her education from Galloway and Byram Elementary Schools in Jackson, Miss., and Hume Fogg High School in Nashville, Tenn.

Barbara met George E. Fox of Tilden while he was serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps stationed in Smyrna, Tenn., during World War II. They married on Dec. 26, 1942, in Franklin, Ky. George and Barbara were married for 74 years. They lived in Tilden for 43 years and Ft. Myers, Fla., for 31 years, enjoying their retirement years between the two homes.

Barbara’s deeply held faith and love of her family were the most important things in her life. She filled her time with homemaking, raising her children, prayer, gardening and canning, a love of flowers and providing compassionate care as a nurse’s aide at the Manor Hall Nursing Home for many years.

Barbara was a faithful member of Winkler Road Baptist Church, where she was a teacher’s aide for the private Christian school.

She is survived by her children, Sharon (Lee) Klein of Norfolk, George E. Fox (Peggy Congleton) of Tilden, Sue (Dennis) Kleider of Omaha, James (Mary) Fox, Laura (Don) Rutjens, Marilyn (Ron) Eymann, all of Tilden, Donald (Ann) Fox of LeHigh Acres, Fla., Richard (Joann) Fox of Cape Coral, Fla., and Karolyn (Larry) Noughton of Ft. Myers, Fla.; 26 grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; eight nieces; 10 nephews; and a sister-in-law, Jean Fox of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Barbara was preceded in death by her spouse, George in January 2016; her parents; her three sisters, Laura (Polly) Osborn of Jackson, Miss., Ida Darnell (Donnie) LaForce of Anderson, S.C., and Constance Hodges of Lakeland, Fla., and a great-grandson, Elliott Fox Kottas.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.homeforfuneralsinc.com.

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