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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 40 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 40

(By Delegates Maynard, Dean, Eldridge, Moye, and Rohrbach)

[Introduced February 1, 2018; Referred to the Committee on Roads and Transportation then Rules]

 

Requesting the Division of Highways to name bridge number 41-1-12.89 (41A006), locally known as “Artie Bridge”, carrying County Route 1 over Clear Fork in Raleigh County the “U. S. Air Force SMSgt Billie E. ‘Bunky’ Hodge Bridge”.

Whereas, Billie Hodge was born in the town of Artie in Raleigh County in 1939; and

Whereas, Billie Hodge attended Clear Fork High School where he graduated valedictorian of his class while serving as President of the National Honor Society at Clear Fork; and

Whereas, Upon graduation from high school, Billie Hodge enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served in various duty locations, including Korea, Guam and Taiwan. He also served in various locations in the United States, including Nevada in the 1980s where he participated in the implementation of the U.S. military’s stealth aircraft technology; and

Whereas, Billie Hodge retired from the Air Force after serving therein for 26 years as a Senior Master Sergeant and moved his family back to his roots in Raleigh County where he demonstrated exceptional civic expression and community-based good works; and

Whereas, Billie Hodge took in scores of foster children over the years who needed a home and loving and tender care, which Billie and his wife were always willing to supply; and

Whereas, Billie Hodge passed away on September 23, 2015; and

Whereas, Billie Hodge left a legacy of good works and community leadership in multiple ways and it is only fitting that a lasting memorial be made to his exceptional life; therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name bridge number 41-1-12.89 (41A006), locally known as “Artie Bridge”, carrying County Route 1 over Clear Fork in Raleigh County the “U. S. Air Force SMSgt  Billie E. ‘Bunky’ Hodge Memorial Bridge”; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Commissioner of the Division of Highways is hereby requested to erect signs at both ends of the bridge proclaiming the name to be the “U. S. Air Force SMSgt Billie E. ‘Bunky’ Hodge Memorial Bridge”; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a copy of this resolution to the Commissioner of the Division of Highways.

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