Samuel Edward Hodges was born in Anniston, Alabama on April 28, 1913 to Dr. Samuel and Margaret Hodges.
He graduated from Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University), class of 1936 with a degree in Highway Engineering. While in college he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Social Fraternity.
Between graduation and the formation of his company, Ed worked for the Alabama Highway Department, the Tennessee Coal Iron and Steel Company, and the Southern Railway System in Chicago
In 1946, after returning home to his native city of Anniston having worked with the Southern Railway System in Chicago, he married Jane Sikes Lane of Gadsden. They had two daughters, Jane Lane and Peggy.
Ed and half brother, Pitts Douglas joined together to form Hodges & Company in 1947. The company performed road and street work, base work, paving, gas lines, water lines, sewer line construction, rock quarrying and crushing and operation of an asphalt plant.
Ed along with other bituminous plant mix distributors was instrumental in organizing an association for the purpose of promoting their product in the highway construction industry.
In 1959, at the organizational meeting, Hodges & Company was one of seventeen firms to become charter members. He was also elected one of the original eight directors.
In 1970, he became the Alabama Asphalt Pavement Association’s 12th President.
In September of 1976, he sold the business to Ashland Oil Company of Kentucky and retired as President of Hodges & Company. He died of a heart attack on June 7, 1992.
Ed Hodges was a tough competitor, and a big factor in the Roadbuilding Industry in Northeast Alabama.