CYRUS D. HOGUE JR. (1921 - 2017)

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CYRUS D. HOGUE, JR. October 4,1921 - September 1, 2017 We celebrate the life of Cyrus D. Hogue, Jr. He was born at home in Wilmington, on October 4th, 1921, the son of Cyrus D. Hogue and Earnestine Lott Hogue. He attended the New Hanover County Public Schools, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a member of the DKE Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, and Order of Gimghoul. He ran cross country and was the manager of the UNC football team. He finished Chapel Hill in 1942 and started law school there. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he and several classmates jumped in a car and drove to Washington where he was in the gallery of the joint session of the U.S. Congress when President Roosevelt made his "Day of Infamy" speech. He entered the U. S. Army Air Corp in January of 1943, trained in navigation, and served in Italy, Africa and France. He was discharged as a First Lieutenant in 1946 and re-entered Chapel Hill Law School where he was an editor of the Law Review. He received his law degree in 1947, and, though offered a job at Duke Power Company, stayed in Wilmington to be near family and friends. He practiced with his father as Hogue & Hogue until 1960. That year he founded the law firm of Hogue, Hill, Jones, Nash and Lynch, now Hogue Hill LLP, with which he practiced for most of his professional life. He appeared in many trials in state and federal courts and the appellate courts. In 1970, he was inducted as a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Celebrate his love for the rule of law. In 1949, Cy married Marion (Mary Ann) Homes Dixon of Raleigh, the daughter of Wright T. Dixon and Marion Homes Dixon, who survives him after 68 years of marriage. They were blessed with three children, Cyrus D. Hogue, III (Nancy Vest) of Hillsborough, Ann Hogue Stuart (John) of Wilmington, and S. Homes Hogue (Suzanne Baga) of Muncie, Indiana. Seven grandchildren will carry on his legacy: Marianna Whitson (Micah), Caroline McCall (Lathan), William Pappas, Madeleine Hogue, Katherine Hogue, Ben Hogue, and Susannah Hogue. He is also survived by three great grandchildren, Annie and Elliot Whitson and Gus McCall. Celebrate his love for his family. Cy volunteered with the American Red Cross and, as Chairman of the Wilmington Chapter, he directed disaster relief during hurricanes Hazel, Connie and Dianne, providing shelters and assistance for the many people who lost their homes and businesses. He was a lifelong Democrat, although he split the ticket many times. In the 1960's, as Chairman of the Democratic Party and, with the cooperation of the late Governor Terry Sanford and the late Speaker of the House Addison Hewlett, he was active in the negotiations that brought Wilmington College into the North Carolina University System, resulting in the creation of UNC Wilmington. He, together with Governor Sanford and the late Hugh Morton, negotiated the acquisition of the USS North Carolina by the State and the construction of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Celebrate his public service. A lover of the outdoors Cy fished and hunted duck in the pristine waters of Onslow Bay and its many creeks and estuaries. He roamed many of the undeveloped parts of New Hanover and adjoining counties, hunting quail, led by his many bird dogs, the best of which was Carolina's Rambling Bob who predeceased him. He could be seen casting for bluefish in the shallow breakers of Wrightsville Beach. He was an avid and intense golfer (his friends might well remark "I don't know why he plays this game, he does not seem to enjoy it"). He walked the fairways of over 100 golf courses throughout the world, at times shooting his age, but in later years aspiring to reach the age equal to the number of strokes in the round he played. Celebrate his love for the outdoors. Cy and Mary Ann owned homes in Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, and Linville for many years where he enjoyed the freedom of the mountains and the sea. He was a member of many clubs in these areas. Celebrate his enjoyment of his homes and clubs with his family and friends. A skillful woodworker from childhood, Cy labored many hours in his workshops, and over the years created over ninety pieces of furniture of colonial design, all of which are in the homes of his family and friends. His craft has been compared to the finer carpenters in the 18th century. Celebrate his woodworking talent, which gave him immense pleasure. Active in local businesses, Cy served on several bank boards, and for many years was chairman of the local board of North Carolina National Bank, now Bank of America. He was a founding trustee of the Champion McDowell Davis Charitable Foundation, director of the Davis Nursing Home, a trustee of the Robert R. Bellamy Memorial Foundation, chairman of the board of the original developer of Bald Head Island, and, for a short time, chairman of the board of the Block Shirt Company. When the Atlantic Coastline Railroad moved its headquarters to Jacksonville, Florida in 1956, it was quite a blow to the economy of the town. He with other business leaders established the Committee of 100, which worked to bring new industries into New Hanover County. He was a shrewd investor and enjoyed watching the stock market even until his death. Celebrate the opportunities for success that are available by the freedom offered in the United States of America. In his eighties, Cy published three books based on incidents in his life, The View from Pew Seven, The Tangled Mass, and Le Grasse Escapade. His writing career, although short, gave him much pleasure but little monetary remuneration. Celebrate his writings. Cy was a life-long member of St. James Parish in Wilmington, serving on the vestry and as senior warden. As he was welcomed into the church at the celebration of his baptism some 95 years ago, so shall we send him off with a memorial celebration of his life at St. James on September 11th at 11:00 a.m. A private burial will be held in Oakdale Cemetery. The family will receive friends following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to St. James Parish or the Lower Cape Fear Hospice. So, as he has requested, save your tears, save your prayers, lift your glass, and celebrate Cy's life. The family extends a special thanks to Joe Moore, Sandy Moore, and their wonderful team who cared for Dad in the last years of his life. Not only did you provide for his physical needs but you also gave him great joy and love. Condolences at
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Andrews Mortuary & Crematory - Market Street Chapel
Wilmington, NC 28401
Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Sept. 5, 2017
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