Virnal Clingman Hodges (1895-1968)

by Roshawna Joseph

Virnal Clingman Hodges was born on October 4, 1895 in Norfolk, Virginia to Julia V. Harris and Clingman Hodges.  Hodges attended J.T. West Public School. After high school he attended Norfolk Mission College and Howard University, where he studied law. Hodges received a bachelor’s degree in law from Howard University.

Hodges enlisted in the United States Army as an engineer on August 5, 1918 to Company 17 Engineers regiment and trained at Camp Humphreys, VA.  Hodges was promoted to Private-First class the following year. Hodges Discharged from the Army on June 17, 2020 in Camp Lee, VA. Following his discharge Virnal Hodges returned home to Norfolk VA and continued to further his career as an Attorney-At-Law. 

Virnal Clingman Hodges passed away at the age of 73 on June 19, 1968. He had a wife and was the father of 4 children.


“Virnal Clingman Hodges.” FamilySearch, clingman&q.surname=Hodges&m.defaultFacets=on&m.queryRequireDefault=on&m.facetNestCollectionInCategory=on&count=20&offset=0. Accessed: April 11, 2020

“Virnal Clingman Hodges,” United States World War | Draft Registration Cards, 1918-1919

United States Census, 1920