Stephen Henry Hogg, 94, of 106 Olympia Drive in Beckley was born on October 21, 1926 in Page, WV and passed away peacefully at home in the midst of family on September 12, 2021. He was a member of the United Methodist Temple since moving to Beckley in 1968.
Stephen was a widower, preceded in death in 2019 by his wife of 66 years and the love of his life, Ellen Bee Sizemore Hogg. He was also preceded in death by his mother, Myrtle Fitzwater Hogg, his father Samuel T. Hogg, his sister Polly Ann Smith, and brothers Hiram James Hogg and Sam T. Hogg. Survivors include his sons, Stephen Henry Hogg, Jr. (Shella), and Jeffery Paul Hogg (Michael), grandsons Garrett Paul Hogg and Andrew Stephen Hogg, nephew James Hiram Hogg, and nieces Susan Hogg Ratliff and Sharon Smith Rhoden.
Stephen grew up in Mullens WV and attended Mullens High School through the 10th grade. Stephen was a US Navy veteran, having joined at age 16, when he left school to join to serve during WWII on the USS Wintle, a destroyer escort until WWII ended. He also served on two cargo ships which brought U.S. personnel from China. He later was selected for a group of 78 sailors to go to Bremerton, Germany to bring the cruiser ship Prinz Eugen to Boston, Massachusetts.
Following WWII Stephen completed his high school equivalency and attended Concord college where he graduated with biology and education degrees. He later achieved his master’s degree from Marshall University. Stephen was a lifelong member of the National Education Association and a revered public-school teacher for 10 years in Wyoming County and 19 years in Raleigh County. He sufficiently influenced the lives of his learners that they regularly returned to visit and shared a special bond with him extending to the end of his life. For many years following his retirement, Stephen enjoyed making new friends and golfing. He was a beloved man, and an inspiration and role model to the many people whose lives he touched.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests instead to please consider making contributions to Hospice of Southern West Virginia. Visitation will be at Melton Mortuary on Wednesday, September 15th from 11 am - 1 pm with a funeral service at 1 pm. Interment with military honors will follow at 2:15 pm at Sunset Memorial Park. Military Honors will be rendered by the Mercer County Veteran's Honor Guard Team.
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