Joss Hodges, a popular Nashville bartender of nearly 30 years' standing, has died. Hodges, a familiar face at the much-loved Melrose Billiards, was one of four longtime barkeeps the Scene profiled in 2002.
Here's what author Adam Deal said of Hodges then:
When he’s not serving his regulars their drinks, he’s sitting with them on the other side of the bar; his customers have become his friends.
In the 17 years he’s been tending bar, Hodges has watched his customers get married and start families, while he has raised a family of his own. His philosophy on the job is simple: “If you don’t like people, you won’t be in business long. People want to be welcomed. They can sense friendliness.”
A memorial for Hodges is set for this evening, 4 to 7 p.m. at 3600 Franklin Pike, according to Warren Sanders, his son-in-law. All the many folks who knew and appreciated Hodges are welcome to attend, Sanders said.
Bites will keep you posted, and we hope to have more about Hodges soon.