Obituary – Leslie Evalyn Hodge

Published 11:22 am Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Leslie Evalyn Hodge, 51, of New Orleans, La., passed away at home on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019.  Born in Augusta, Ga., to Jo Dent and Elbert “Cliff” Hodge, Leslie grew up in Oxford. The immediate family will gather for a memorial at a later date. 

After moving to Jackson, Miss., Leslie graduated from St. Andrews Episcopal School where she was a National Merit Semi-Finalist and enjoyed cheerleading and performing in plays.  Leslie spent her undergraduate career at Newcomb College of Tulane University and was a member of Chi Omega sorority. From Tulane, she went to Dallas where she obtained her law degree from Southern Methodist University.  After Law School, Leslie became a judge in Austin, Texas. Following that she practiced law for a number of years in New Orleans, most recently as a shareholder in the Brown Sims Firm. Leslie loved animals, especially her rescue dogs, Walter and Pierre, and cats, Alfredo, Larry, and Leon. 

Leslie is survived by her significant other, Cliff Barton, of New Orleans; her parents, Jo and Cliff Hodge; her sister, Laura Hodge Daigle, and Laura’s husband, Jesse Nelson Daigle; her nephew, Clifton James Daigle, and niece, Jolie Nelson Daigle, all of Baton Rouge, La.  She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Jo Currie and Herbert Willis Dent, and by her paternal great aunt, Rosa Jones Driver. 

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