Holly Michelle Hodge was born October 4, 1994, in Germantown, TN, the daughter of Mike and Sharon Gray Hodge.
Holly Michelle was sassy and stubborn before she was born
and those two personality traits stuck.
Holly graduated from Henry County High School in 2013, where she was a member of the marching band and the Henry County No Fly Zone shooting team.
She competed in the TN Junior Olympics, bringing home gold medals and the Olympics in Colorado Springs, CO, bringing home the silver medal.
After graduation, she attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. While at UT, she was a proud member of both the Pride of the Southland Band and UTK-Clay Target Team.
In 2017, she graduated cum laude with a double major in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology and Political Science.
Holly worked at Domino’s Pizza, throughout high school, college and as general manager in Knoxville. She also worked in the emergency department at Tennova Healthcare-North Knoxville Medical Center.
Holly was a hard worker in every aspect of her life. She worked multiple jobs while preparing and applying to medical school.
She was an expert in all things Harry Potter, a lover of music, especially Pentatonix, and of course, a Vols fan.
She was known for the constant smile on her face, the gal with just the right amount of pep in her step, the face-telling-all hard-working soul who always had your back, super smart, a mind like a computer and still sassy and stubborn.
If you knew Holly, then you know she could argue with a fence post and come out with the upper hand!
She was loyal to her family and friends. Her love for her Dad, Mom and brother, Hunter knew no boundaries. She was their biggest fan and she was proud to call them hers.
She was the obsessive dog owner of a 110-pound lap dog, Gryffin (yes, Harry Potter-Gryffindor) golden doodle and equally as obsessive of Dobby, the cat (another Harry Potter name). Gryffin and Dobby were her fur babies and still do not know they are animals.
Holly Michelle departed this life on September 16, 2021, in Knoxville, Tennessee, at the age of 26 Years, 11 Months, 12 Days.
She is survived by her parents, Mike and Sharon Hodge of Byram, MS; brother, Hunter Hodge of Knoxville, TN; maternal grandmother, Nannie Faye Gray of Savannah, TN; aunts: Vicki (Mike) Ainley of Paris, TN, Shelia (Duck) Hollin of Savannah, TN, Debbie Gray of Waynesboro, TN, Tammy (Cregg) Jerrolds of Savannah, TN, and her twin aunt, Amy (Brian) Cornelius of Corinth, MS and their son, Justin Cornelius, whom Holly thought of as hers.
She is preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Joe Payton and Helen Crunk Hodge; maternal grandfather, Joe S. Gray; aunt, JoHelen Lackey and husband Lee.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Sharon Baptist Church in Savannah, Tennessee, with Bro. Eric Smith officiating.
Burial will follow in the Memory Gardens at Savannah, Tennessee.
Arrangements are handled by Shackelford Funeral Directors of Selmer.