Carolyn Elizabeth Hodges
I remember the first time I sat down to talk with Beth Hodges. Being the hospitable, kind people they are, Beth and her husband invited my husband and I out for lunch after church one Sunday. I remember Beth asking, “Does the Civic Center still have those awful vertical blinds?” Our friendship was immediately formed at that moment through a mutual hate of vertical blinds.
I was impressed that Beth remembered the blinds after not having set foot in the Civic Center for quite some time. In hindsight, it’s not that shocking. Beth had a true passion for everything window covering. Her love for her clients was just as strong as her passion to make their houses into homes. A true entrepreneur, Beth built her business from the ground up and never stopped sharing her talent with others.
Beth Hodges didn’t just make curtains in her basement studio; Beth Hodges ran an empire. You would never know her reach, however, talking with her. Beth was as down-to-earth as she was skilled at leading entire industry organizations. She started her company in her home in Elbert County and her skills took her to new heights, such as traveling to 47 of 50 US States and multiple countries. Beth became a lecturer, featured speaker and teacher. She spoke at conventions, schools, events, etc. Some of the many accomplishments of Beth were Education Director for DoFix USA, she served on the Board of Directors of the Window Coverings Association of America and was president for two terms.
When Beth wasn’t flying across the US running her empire, she was giving back to the community. She was a long-time member of the Elbert County Chamber of Commerce, First United Methodist Church, and many civic organizations and events. She was known throughout town as a professional, loving mother, wife, grandmother, and friend.
On April, 26th of this year, Beth Hodges (nee Carolyn Elizabeth Hodges), passed away. As a friend of Beth’s, I am deeply saddened by her passing. As a Chamber Executive and Community Leader, I think I can accurately speak for the whole business community when I say that we have lost a valuable leader and business. I didn’t know Beth for very long, but I feel privileged to have met her. There’s no adequate tribute that can show how much Beth meant to the Elbert Chamber…but we will do what we can: take down those vertical blinds and keep honoring her name.
-Leslie Friedman, Executive Director- Elbert Chamber of Commerce