David Ferris Hoggard
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August 16, 1956 - February 13, 2013
David Ferris Hoggard took his last breath on this earth February 13, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Susan Howard Hoggard; daughter, Alison Aldridge Hoggard; mother, Reva Hall Hoggard; and sister, Nancy Hoggard Tierney and her husband Jim. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins as well as his brother- and sister-in law, Kenneth and Donna Howard. He was preceded in death by his father, Ferris Murtaugh Hoggard.
After graduating from Appalachian State University, David joined the U.S. Navy, where he fulfilled his dream of flying. He flew the S3 Viking and was stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). When David was not on the carrier, he and Susan traveled the United States.
He was diagnosed with aplastic anemia in 1990 when his daughter, Alison, was only 6 months old. His biggest joy in life was helping Alison grow into the wonderful person she is today. David was very active with Alison's swimming career, and volunteered much of his time in her schools. He was also an active volunteer with Communities in Schools, White Memorial Presbyterian Church, and Special Olympics.
David had a passion for music, especially reggae, and along with Susan and Alison traveled to Jamaica frequently, where they made lifelong friends. Search the web for "74-75 by the Connells". This is a music video that David is in.
David was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome in 2011. In January 2012, he underwent a bone marrow transplant. His sister, Nancy, was his donor and a near-perfect match. Dave fought his illnesses with every ounce of his reserve, and he never once complained about what life dealt him.
David will be remembered for his humor, generosity, and resilience. He loved life and lived every day to the fullest. His family will miss him more than words can say. There was never a more supportive husband and father.
A memorial service for David will be held Friday, February 15, at 2:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh.
Memorials can be made to the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation, Communities in Schools, or Hospice of Wake County.
Published in The News & Observer from February 14 to February 15, 2013