Samantha Mahogany Hodge

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Samantha Mahogany Hodge, with her bright smile and courageous spirit, transitioned to her eternal home, into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father, on Monday, December 19, 2022.

Samantha was 19 years old. She was born January 24, 2003, in Columbus, Ohio. Samantha was the only child from the union of Samuel and Jennifer. She was a mother’s girl, the youngest grandchild, and a loyal and loving friend. From the beginning, Samantha left a lasting mark on whomever was fortunate enough to meet her. She is fondly remembered for never meeting a stranger, going out of her way to greet people at church or anywhere, loving her North Carolina family, being the “Dancing Queen,” being the youngest praise runner at church, and having a smile that could brighten any room.

In her short life, Samantha had many loves. Her first love was God and her church family. She was a devoted member of Rhema Christian Center, where she was baptized on December 9, 2012, graduated from New Generation (Rhema’s youth ministry), and served as a liturgical dancer, mime, and actor. She was “Rhema’s Samantha,” known and beloved by everyone throughout the church, volunteering for Such is the Kingdom Special Needs Ministry, Vacation Bible School, and street outreach and community block parties.

Her second love was her parents. The child Jennifer always wanted, and the only child born to Jennifer, Samantha grew up holding tightly to her mother’s side and traveled with her on many adventures. Samantha loved her father dearly and was very protective of him and understood him better than anyone else and thought he was the best father ever. Her third love was being active and making a difference. Samantha canvassed, attended local community organizing events, and met with local politicians to hear their positions and share her concerns. She was a member of Black Girl Rising Inc. and attended workshops on Black girl empowerment and advocacy. Samantha was also a camp counselor at two.fifty.four Youth Center and worked as a childcare substitute teacher for several childcare facilities. Lastly, Samantha loved to sing, dance, and engage on social media. She would spend hours dancing and singing on social media, at home alone, at birthday parties, or during dance productions in the city of Columbus.

Samantha graduated from Gahanna Lincoln High School in 2021. She was a member of God Talk, “S” Club, Diaspora Black History Program, recipient of the Cindy Hernodon Scholarship, and Senior Prom Court.

She is preceded in death by maternal grandfather Mark Faison; paternal grandmother Laura Brayboy Hodge-Henley; and aunts Thressia McDuffie and Janie Bryant.

She is survived by father Samuel Hodge and mother Jennifer Faison Kelly (Anthony); brothers Anthony R. Hodge (Candy) and Tremaine S. Hodge; sister NaKysha De’-Ja Hodge; grandmother Katie Faison; aunts Shirley Daniels, Barbara Sansbury (Walter “Rock”), Suzette Faison Deal, and Juliet Faison Miller (Alfonso); uncles -Willie B. Faison (Wanda) and Thomas Faison (Mona); great aunts Rose Hardy, Sarah Walker, Elizabeth Faison, and special great aunt Rachel Hardy Epps (Leon); great-great aunt Regina Williams Kenan; great-great uncle Lewis Williams; nephews and nieces Gabriel F. Hodge, Tremaine S. Hodge, Jr., Trinity Azarie Hodge, Zephania T. Hodge, Destinee P. Turnbo, and Samiyyah A. Smith; godfather Maurice L. Young; two special aunts Cheryl Sims (George) and Tammy Smith (Don); one special little cousin Dillion McMahan; a host of cousins, friends, church family members; and the Capital Fam and The Ohio State University community.

Visitation 5pm and Memorial Service 6pm Tuesday January 24, 2023 at Rhema Christian Center 2100 Agler Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43224

Condolence Messages

  1. Dear Jennifer,

    I am so sorry for your loss. God bless and keep you and your family.

    Sincerely,
    Lynn Roseberry

  2. ♥️
    Jennifer & Samuel,
    Nothing can express how I feel.
    I LOVE YOU.
    Only GOD.
    The HARDY’S from Philly

  3. May the peace of God be with you always as you celebrate the life of your daughter and the joy God gave you through her. May feel His peace each time you think of her and feel His blessings on you.

  4. Hi Jennifer, I pray that God continue to give you strength on your journey.. just know today that you are in my prayers and always.

  5. Jennifer & Samuel,
    I am praying for you both & your entire family during this challenging time. You both have wonderful memories to cherish forever. May you both feel the love & strength of Jesus, family & friends holding you both in prayer.

  6. Rip and sorry for everything may her heart lay with me

  7. Jennifer & Sam
    I am praying that God gives you strength and peace. Treasure the memories of your darling daughter. Samantha will be missed but never forgotten. I remembered the last time we talked, she mentioned that she was thinking about me while she was with her grandmother in North Carolina. I can still hear her voice saying, hi Ms. Dorinda. R I P my Angel .

  8. My deepest sympathies for the loss of your beautiful angel.

  9. Sorry for your loss Samantha was a beautiful person inside and out, she will be missed, I will miss her smile and laughter she is with the most high God singing and dancing, Lord I’m asking for healing and wholeness for the whole family, love you

  10. Sherman, Dianne, and Shermeka

    Bless the Most-High and be Blessed “Sis”! The Heavenly-Father is the Comforter…We Love You and Family!

  11. Jennifer no words can express you loss or your continued grief. God can only explain the pain you have. I’m continue to pray for you at this time of sudden loss. I know you’re are strong. I Love you Sister.. I give my deepest condolences and prayers. God does heal all pain. Love you Nikki

  12. I am so very sorry to learn of the loss of Samantha. You have my deepest sympathy. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time.

  13. Samantha blessed a lot of people and I’m so glad that she she was acknowledged and loved by that many more.

  14. The Waugh Family

    Our prayers are with you and your family during this challenging time. May God’s Peace rest, rule and abide in your life as you begin your journey to healing

  15. Condolences to Jennifer,Sam and their family. Thank you for sharing Samantha with Joy and I. She left a lasting mark in our lives and a deep sadness in our hearts. I will never forget the last time she was at our home. Sleeping on the sofa with her cellphone in her hand. God have her Now. We miss her dearly.

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