Willa Jean Hodges, age 88, of Bristol, Tenn., went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. She was born May 17, 1930 in Dothan, Ala., a daughter of the late J.B. and Ovie Lingo Ryals.


Willa was a former member of Virginia Avenue Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Wyna Dean Howell, Wesley Ryals, Carl Ryals, and Huey Ryals.

She is survived by her daughters, Elaine Pendergrass and husband Jerry and Kathie McCuistion and husband Jerry Lee; step son, John Moore and wife Penny; grandchildren, Penny Potter and husband Daniel, Jerry Allen Pendergrass II and wife Annie, Danny Cavin and wife Kelley, and Tim Cavin and fiancé’ Shayla; great grandchildren, Courtney Smith and Finley Cavin; and siblings, Kathleen Welch, Wanda Chapman, and Harold Ryals.


A private graveside service will be held at Glenwood Cemetery with Rev. Wilton Wood and Rev. Mike Pope officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International, PO Box 2083 Bristol, TN 37620.