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Deacon Jeff Hogue, Sr. was born June 18, 1937 to the late Isaiah and Eleanor Hogue in Marion, AL. He was the 5th child of 10 children born to this union. All of his siblings preceded him in death. He departed this life September 27th at 3:30 pm.
Born “Jeffie”, he decided to use a shorter version of this name because he thought Jeffie was too feminine for him. Later in life he was given the name “Big Daddy” by his family. Jeff was educated in the Perry County School Systems and he graduated from Lincoln High School in 1957. It was at Lincoln where he met his love, Eola Louise King, and they married soon after graduation on June 9, 1957. To this union seven children were born.
Deacon Hogue was a lifelong member of the Hopewell Baptist Church and was truly a man of GOD. He contributed a lot of his time, talents, and resources to the church. He was responsible for the reconstruction of the Church Bell Tower. He also constructed the adjoining Fellowship Dining Hall and he renovated the outdoor Baptism pool. He was appointed Assistant Sunday School Superintendent in 1956 at the age of 19 with the encouragement of Mrs. Vannie Mosley. He became the Sunday School Superintendent in late 1999 and was appointed the Church Clerk 1965. He was ordained as a Deacon in 1985 alongside Deacon Gabriel Jones. He was a Faithful member up until May 2023 when his health started to decline. It was only recently did he resign from the Superintendent and Clerk positions.
Jeff was a skilled carpenter. He worked with Hughey Construction for nearly 30 years. He also worked on his own, building homes, constructing commercial properties, and doing handyman repairs for family and friends. He also had a passion for farming. He loved planting acres of vegetables and fruits and sharing the produce with family and friends. He was known to share fresh chicken eggs with anyone who came by the house to visit. He was a great butcher when it came to slaughtering hogs and making his own souse meat and providing organic meat for his family. He truly loved the outdoors and nature. Before his health began to decline, the majority of his time was spent being outdoors.
Big Daddy was a family man. He was a great provider and a positive example for his family. He had a great work-ethic and believed in working for what you wanted in life. He loved people and didn’t mind helping others when he could. He represented what a Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Uncle, and Cousin should be. Big Daddy will be truly missed, but his legacy and memories will be cherished by his loving wife of 66 years, Eola Hogue; Children- Jeff Jr., Kenith (Natalie), Ethel (Anthony) Evans, James, & Sonya (Angelo) Tinker. Grandchildren; Marlin (Pamela), Larissa, Demetrius, Aysha Evans, & Langston. Greatgrandchildren; Nalani & Nayeli; Sister-in-law: Norma Jean Hogue; Brother-in-laws; Willie Atkins & Malachi (Mae) King. He leaves a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends whom he loved dearly.
He will be reunited with his loved ones who have gone before him. His parents Isaiah and Eleanor; Siblings; Lucille, Isaiah Jr., Howard, Geneva Atkins, Lee Joseph, Sam, Queen Eubanks, Ardelsia Holifield Williams, Henry Williams, Mary C. Green, and Elmer Hogue. His Children; David Hogue and infant daughter Eola Leona Hogue; Father and Mother-in-law; James and Lucy King and several other loved ones.
I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2 Timothy; 4:7-8