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Services Set for Retired Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Ralph Hodges

Retired Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Ralph HodgesFuneral services for retired Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Ralph B. Hodges, who died Jan. 16, will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday Jan. 22, at Putnam City Baptist Church, 11401 N. Rockwell Ave. in Oklahoma City.

Justice Hodges was born Aug. 4, 1930, in Anadarko, where he graduated from high school in 1948. He graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1952 and received his law degree from OU College of Law in 1954. He was in private practice in Durant from April of 1954 until January of 1957 when he became the Bryan County Attorney. After serving in that capacity for two years, he was elected district judge in 1958 and was re-elected in 1962. He served until his appointment to the Oklahoma Supreme Court by Governor Henry Bellmon on April 19, 1965. At the age of 34, he was the youngest justice to serve on the court since statehood. Elected to fill an unexpired term in 1966, he was re-elected to the court in 1968, 1974, 1980, 1986, and 1992. He served two terms as chief justice: the first in 1977-78 and the second in 1993-94. He was named Outstanding State Appellate Jurist by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America in 1977. He also served on the Board of Trustees for Oklahoma Baptist University from 1968 until 1971.