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Obituary: Charles Hodson

Charles Bernard Hodson, longtime Chapel Hill, N.C., attorney, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Durham, N.C. He was 86.

Born March 7, 1925, in San Antonio, Texas, Charlie came to Chapel Hill as an undergraduate at UNC. There he met his future wife, Virginia, who was working in her sister’s flower shop. Plans to attend law school were postponed by service in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he proudly served in the Pacific Theater of World War II. Upon discharge, Charlie returned to North Carolina to finish his education, eventually starting a private practice in Chapel Hill, where he made his home. 
Service-oriented and with a strong sense of social justice, Charlie strove to help his clients in any way he could, often working for trade or pro bono. His practice often took him away from home and family. He was an unmistakable figure in cowboy boots and hat, well known throughout the state. 

Charlie was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion, where he served as state commander in 1972. Loyal to his fellow vets, he was also loyal to his alma mater. A true-blue Carolina Tar Heels fan, Charlie attended as many games as he could. 

Probably happiest presiding over a table filled with family for a birthday or holiday celebration, this is where he will be most missed. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; his son, Charles Bernard II; daughter, Vickie Hoff, and her husband, Don; and three grandchildren, April and Jonathon Hoff and Cinnamon Fischer, all of Chapel Hill.

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