Friends, family remember Washington Mayor who passed away from COVID-19

Washington Mayor Mac Hodges passed away Wednesday from COVID-19 complications.
Published: Jul. 16, 2020 at 8:37 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 13, 2020 at 7:54 AM EDT
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WASHINGTON, N.C. (WITN) - There’s been an outpouring of support as family and friends remember Washington Mayor Mac Hodges who passed away from COVID-19 complications.

A memorial service will be held Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. at Festival Park in downtown Washington.

The service is open to the public and you are asked to wear face masks and stay socially distant from others if you attend.

The service will also be live-streamed on the City of Washington and the Church of the Good Shepard Facebook pages.

His daughter, Beth Hodges Fickling, says Hodges passed away around 5 p.m. Wednesday after being hospitalized for COVID-19.

Fickling posted on Facebook, “Our family has been completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers and support during this journey. Mac Hodges earthly journey ended this afternoon. Words cannot express how much he meant to us. He lived the best kind of life, one filled with a family that adored him and so many friends near and far. He loved Washington, the Pirates, and the beach. Wherever he went, people who met him smiled and loved him. This was true in the hospital as well. He quickly became a favorite up there. We know people love us and want to be there for us but we ask that you give us some space and time to grieve. We believe it is most important during this time of COVID to practice social distancing and the use of masks. We are not ready for visitors at this time.”

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Hodges tested positive for COVID-19 on July 16th. He had been hospitalized at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville Since July 21st and on a ventilator since July 29th.

This past Sunday community members gathered for a prayer vigil for the mayor across from his home at Festival Park in Washington.

Mayor Hodges, a Washington High School and ECU graduate, was 69-years-old. He owned Hodges Appraisals and has been Mayor of Washington since 2013.

Tuesday night his daughter posted that tests had come back showing extensive damage.

Jay Martin, Pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd in Washington and Hodges family spokesperson says, “Mac loved this town. He served it well and knew no stranger. He made people feel as if they were the most important in the room. He loved ECU. This is a huge loss and void but will also be a source for unity and his legacy will transcend his passing.” Martin also says the family has been thankful and overwhelmed by all of the support.

Washington City Councilman William Pitt said, “He was the ultimate cheerleader for the city of Washington. He has really put all his time and talent into being the mayor for a town that is accepting of his ideas and concepts that he has. He loved this town, he loved his people and his people loved him”

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Greenville Mayor PJ Connelly said, “We had a lot of different events that we would go to together and he was a huge supporter of the pirates so my thoughts and prayers are with his family. It’s sad to see him go.”

Governor Roy Cooper posted on Twitter, “So very sorry to lose Mac Hodges, the great Mayor of Washington, NC, to Covid-19 related complications. I’m grateful to have worked with such a strong leader and ECU supporter who made a real difference in the lives of many. "

Kinston Mayor Don Hardy replied, saying “Prayers going up to our fellow brother Mayor!! I pray for peace, comfort and understanding upon the beloved family and all the love one’s connected, In Jesus name Amen!”

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation in Mac’s honor to the East Carolina University Pirate Club, 304 Ward Sports Medicine Bldg, Greenville N.C. 27858.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hodges Family.

Washington Mayor Mac Hodges is in the hospital on a ventilator as he continues to battle COVID-19.

It was on July 16th Hodges says he was tested for COVID-19 after not feeling well. He got the positive results the next day.

In a Facebook post Wednesday, the mayor’s daughter, Beth Hodges Fickling wrote, “Today brought changes to Mac Hodges’s treatment. The doctors and Mac decided it was time to intubate. His body needs to focus on fighting this virus. He also needed nutrition that he was unable to get before. We are praying that this procedure will allow him to heal and fight the virus. Please join us as we pray for his full recovery. We also pray for those who are caring for him and for my mom who is navigating this apart from him.”

Hodges Fickling also told WITN Wednesday night that they appreciate the outpouring of support from the community.

Washington Mayor Mac Hodges tells WITN he tested positive for COVID-19 and is at home in isolation as he recovers.

Hodges says he attended Monday’s city council meeting and felt fine, except for a cough. He says other councilmembers and employees who came into contact with him either have or will be tested.

Hodges was tested Wednesday after a prescription for allergies earlier in the week failed to help.

The mayor says he’s had chills, a fever, and a cough, but overall, says he feels like he could still go to work. He says he won’t be doing that though as he is in isolation at home.

According to the Beaufort County Health Department, Beaufort County has seen 178 positive cases and one death from COVID-19.

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