Margaret Elizabeth Hodge Belcher, 94, of Normal, passed away peacefully at 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at Heritage Health in El Paso.
Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at Journey Church in Normal. Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 12, 2022 at Journey Church in Normal with Rev. Dr. Clark Killingsworth officiating. Interment will be at 1:00 p.m. at East Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Bloomington.
Margaret was born on January 8, 1928 in the county east of Raleigh, North Carolina to Vera Wall Hodge and Edward S. Hodge, Sr. She graduated from Knightdale High School in May of 1945. She received her business diploma from Hoyle’s Business School in May of 1946. Margaret graduated from Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, TN in May of 1954 with a B.A. in English. She then went to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX and earned her Master’s Degree in Religious Education in May of 1956.
Margaret worked at Wachovia Bank and Trust Company in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also worked as Director of Religious Education at First Baptist Church in Carmi, Illinois. She retired from Illinois State University in Normal after seventeen years as secretary in the Department of Agriculture.
Margaret met Ray Belcher from Lawrenceville, Illinois at the Seminary. They became good friends and were married on May 30, 1957 in Bethlehem Baptist Church near Knightdale, North Carolina. Ray and Margaret have two sons, David (Sharon) Belcher in Mt. Vernon, Illinois and Don Belcher in Normal, they both survive.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray, an infant baby girl, two brothers, Gardner C. Hodge, Sr. and Donald A. Hodge, Sr., both of Raleigh, North Carolina, and sister, Blanche Hodge of Greensboro, North Carolina.
Margaret was a charter member of College Avenue Baptist Church in Normal and was active in all its activities as long as her health permitted. She served on many committees, including Nominating Committee, Pastor Search Committee, Building Committee, and others. Margaret enjoyed teaching the Agape Ladies’ Sunday School Class for many years.
Memorial contributions may be given to Journey Church. 1320 E College Ave, Normal, IL 61761.
Thursday, August 11, 2022
5:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)
Friday, August 12, 2022
Starts at 10:30am (Central time)
Friday, August 12, 2022
1:00 - 2:00pm (Central time)
East Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery