The Life of Deacon Tommy Lee Hogue Jr. (Eastman, GA)
The life of one who has gone before us, the race he has won. His journey has now ended, his spirit has ascended claiming the great reward with Jesus, our Lord. And he said to him, “We may make our plans, but God has the last word.”- Proverbs 16:1
Mr. Tommy Lee Hogue Jr., 67, of Eastman, GA., passed away February 19, 2023, at home surrounded by his wife and daughter after a long battle with kidney disease and pancreatic cancer.
Mr. Tommy Lee Hogue Jr. was born November 15, 1955, to Ethel LouastJohnson and Tommy Lee Hogue Sr. in Eastman, GA where he was raised. After Tommy graduated from Dodge County High School in 1974, Tommy met and married wife, Rulean Williams. Shortly after he started working at the Cotton Mill in Eastman, GA, from 1976 to 1984. In 1984, he went on to go get his CDL at Alliance Trucking School in McDonough, GA. After graduating with his CDL, he started working at Blue Bird Body Company in Fort Valley, GA., as a forklift driver and transportation driver delivering buses kick starting a 22 year career as a truck driver.
In 2005 Tommy retired from Blue Bird due to health issues, but continued being active and enjoying all those things that made Tommy the person he was today. He got great joy maintaining his property where he loved fishing and sitting out by the pond listening to the Oldies music. He also loved listening to Pastor Tolan Morgan and reading his bible while sitting outside in his rocking chair on the front porch. He loved his dog (aka Charlie) who sat by his side and enjoyed all the many snacks Tommy would drop on the floor. He also enjoyed feeding his favorite chicken “Red”. He had two important things in his life he treasured and that was talking about the Lord and being around his family. He was truly a family man. He was a wonderful provider that would do whatever he needed for his family to care for his wife and children. Tommy was the type of person who seemed like he never met a stranger, he would carry a conversation with anyone, and after meeting complete strangers he would also tell them he loved them. He had a great ability to make others smile and his sense of humor will be missed.
Tommy was a member of Sugar Creek Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for 35 years, until his health prevented him from attending, but he always made sure his Tithes and offering were paid and the up keep of the church was taken care of, he also loved attending many other churches throughout Dodge County.
He was preceded in death by his father; Tommy Lee Hogue Sr., and 1 sibling; Joe B. Hogue.
He leaves to cherish his precious memories, his loving wife; Rulean Hogue, his daughter; Brandlyn (Joaquin Gonzalez), stepson; Marvin Davis, 2 grandchildren; Jalyn Nottingham and Miguel Gonzalez, his dear mother; Ethel Lou Hogue, 3 sisters; Linda Hogue-Adams, Betty Sewell, and Sharon (Charles Durham), 2 brothers; Frank Hogue and Larry Hogue, adopted sister; Anna Nora Wooten, a person whom he considered his brother; David Moss. Also, a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Hogues family, on behalf of Dr. Demario J. Bell Sr., the Golden Gates entire staff, we
extend our deepest condolences, and we thank you for entrusting us with your loved one. May
the blessings of the Lord keep you is our prayer.
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