Herman E. Hugg
1921 - 2013
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Herman E. Hugg, age 92, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2013 in Houston, TX. Services will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Sliger officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, October 4, 2013 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Mr. Hugg was born on January 19, 1921 in Strawberry, Arkansas. Mr. Hugg served in the United States Navy Seabees 47th Battalion during WWII in the Solomon Islands. He did his undergraduate at West Texas State University and then received his masters from Stephen F. Austin. Herman was an art teacher at South Park High School in Beaumont. He was a member of the Art League of Beaumont and was a well know artist. He was preceded in death by his wife Minnie Beth Hugg, a son Mark Hugg and his parents, Edgar and Telia Massey Hugg. Survivors include his son Michael Hugg and his wife Debbie of Houston, TX. A grandson, Joshua Hugg and Michelle, a granddaughter, Jessica ONeill and her husband Greg and one great grandson Lane ONeill. Memorials may be made to the Beaumont Art League 2675 Gulf St., Beaumont, TX, 77703 or The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (409) 832-3432 500 Main St. Beaumont, TX 77701, amset.org

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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Oct. 4, 2013.
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September 28, 2020
I took from Mr Hugg, learned a lot, and enjoyed his class. He was an exceptional teacher who took the time to encourage and foster growth. ~ Kathy Johnson Young, class of 1963
Kathy Johnson Young
February 27, 2014
Mr. Hugg meant so very much to me. I visited him at his home when he was 88;we had a wonderful visit. My husband and I attended his art show and I told him I would see him again...I will. I am so blessed to have had such a wonderful teacher/friend in my life. I am so sorry for your loss. I am just now learning of his death through a FB page for South Park Greenies or I would have been at his funeral. Much love to you, Pam Clark Dunivant
Pam Clark Dunivant
October 31, 2013
Mr. Hugg was a great art teacher at South Park High School. It was through his inspiration that I was encouraged to "create". I've been creating art in one way or another ever since. SPHS '67
Jackie Willis Holton
October 31, 2013
Herman was such an amazing man. I only got to know him in the last few years, but I always enjoyed our visits and his phone calls. Even though he was in his nineties, his creative mind never rested and he always inspired me to see the possible and "Ask why not". Mike, you will be in our prayers, I was blessed to know your father! Danny West, Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
Danny West
October 7, 2013
I will miss uncle Shorty's witty stories so much! I'm so proud to be related to him. He always embraced and encouraged my quirky artsy ways. A master artist in my book, one of the greatest! I'm really sad he's gone.
Kim Stratton Wood
October 7, 2013
Herman, "Shorty" to me, was the last of the four Hugg brothers and their sister. They were all very special people. When a man like him is gone the world looses someone that can never be replaced. He has had a big impact on all our lives and we will miss him.
Hoyt Hugg
October 7, 2013
Mr. Hugg was such an inspriration to me during my years at South Park! Wish we had more teachers like him today. He opened my eyes to so much in art and life! You may have left this Earth but you are most surely coloring the Heavens in your most special way!
Rebecca Henry
October 6, 2013
Uncle "Shortie" I well remember you always as the sweet, kind and gentle uncle with the weird and wonderful strange sculptures in your yard. I will always remember the old coffee table you made the sat in my Mom and Dad's living room and the praying hands of our Lord that you sculpted for our front yard. You live in our memories for now but with God for forever!
Bonnie Oxford
October 6, 2013
Please accept our deep sadness at the loss of this esteemed South Park teacher.
Judith Alice Cashen Allen
Judith Allen
October 6, 2013
Just learned of Mr. Hugg's passing. I greatly admired him as a student. God gives some people a gift of creating that lives well beyond their years in the earth. Mr. Hugg's reach extends through several generations by those he taught.
Zane Bledsoe SPHS '61
October 5, 2013
My condolences to the Hugg Family. Great art teacher - pulled the gift out of this shy girl... Class of '73
Lunetta Sharpe Sims
October 5, 2013
Mr. Hugg was my greatest art teacher, and I will always remember him.
My condolences to the family.
Rest in peace Mr. Hugg
John Leverkuhn
October 5, 2013
I remember Mr. Hugg as a great teacher. I enjoyed his art classes and remember him as a caring, wise teacher. I will always remember how he encourage me with art and my desire to be a school teacher. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. God bless! Tina (Gordon) Woodle, c/o 80, SPHS
Tina Woodle
October 5, 2013
Great art teacher who always encouraged me. Visiting him just last year, I was so impressed at his enthusiasm and knowledge of art. So glad to have known him and learned so much from him.
Cookie Morrell Wells
October 5, 2013
May you rest in glorius peace Mr. Hugg. Your memory of all memories of my high school days at South Park will stand out high above the rest. For you took the time to pull the shyness out of a girl standing on the sidelines and make an artist out of her. Not with just paints and inks but with seeing the world through those "rose colored glasses" of yours. You were a true blessing to me and getting to know you for a while in our senior years before you moved to Houston blessed me again. Rest in peace Dear Sir. Kathy Ingram
Kathy Perrio
October 5, 2013
I knew Mr. Hugg when he was not fighting for his country, but fighting for what he believed in. I knew Mr. Hugg when his classroom was his yard, not in a building. I knew Mr. Hugg when his body was old, but his mind was young. Another of the Greatest Generation has slipped through the grasp of this life. He will be missed. Thank you for the lessons.
Richard Warner
October 5, 2013
A decent human being.
Harvey West
October 5, 2013
Herman, or Uncle Shorty as the family called him, was a great uncle and a wonderful human being. As children we looked forward to Herman, Mike, Mark, and Minnie Beth's visit, it was always fun. He took an interest in what each of us were doing and this continued after we grew up. He would occasionally call to see how his “sister's children were doing” and he would brag about Mike, who he was especially proud of, or about his grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. It was fascinating listening to his stories and his take on the politics of the day. He had a unique view of the world that was fun to hear about. The world is diminished with his passing and he will be missed.
Doug Hales
October 4, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with Mr, Hugg's family. He was a great teacher and friend to many. He will truly be missed.
Teresa Scott Reina c/o 80 South Park
October 4, 2013
The South Park Heritage Association sends its condolences to the Hugg family. Mr. Hugg influenced may students during his years of service at South Park High School. He will be truly missed and we are dedicated to keeping his memory.
SPHA Museum
October 4, 2013
Herman had a truly caring and kind personality. The first time I met him he told me, "My name is Hugg because I like to hug people who are part of my life." He be miss and admired by many.
Leah Scott
October 4, 2013
"A life's work in the agony and sweat of the human spirt, not for glory and least of all for profit, but to create out of the materials of the Human Spirit Something that did not exist before." William Faulkner. Herman Hugg was not only an admirer of this quotation, but a perfect example of what I believe Faulkner meant. I consider myself very fortunate to not only have been a High School student of Mr. Hugg's, but also to have known him on a personal level. He had a lot to offer the world..and he offered a lot indeed. He also taught us to seek and find the beauty in the smallest of things. Herman Hugg's influence will live on and on, and so shall his spirit.
David Smith - SPHS C/O 77
October 4, 2013
Wonderful memories of having senior Art Class from Mr. Hugg. Does anyone remember the Finnian' Rainbow production thst was put on in I think 1967 or 68. Remember helping to paint the props for that wonderful production. May Mr. Hugg rest in peace. He influenced so many.
Nancy Payne/Fuentes
October 4, 2013
Herman Hugg made a difference in this cruel world. We were all blessed by knowing him.
Vick Nelson
October 4, 2013
My prayers are for his family. I took art from Mr. Hugg at SPHS in 1960-61. Great guy.
Kathy Johnson Young
October 4, 2013
My uncle Herman had a profound influence on my life. He prompted me toward higher education and gave me an appreciation of the beauty of all of nature around us. I will miss him dearly. His phone calls. He, more than anyone in the family, stayed in touch and encouraged us to stay in tourch with our relatives. I will miss his enthusiasm and zest for life and his sense of humor. He was a very special person and a very best friends.
Charles Hugg
October 4, 2013
Condolences to the Hugg Family...
Mr. Hugg was my art teacher and he was a sweet man.
SPHS CLass of 1980
Deborah Warner-Fails
October 4, 2013
So many fond memories of our beloved art teacher and friend Herman Hugg. He was a solid inspiration and mentor to all of us. Rest in peace & we will see you when we get there. Selma Williams Wilson SPHS Class of 1969
Selma Wilson
October 3, 2013
My heart is broken. I so admire Herman for his creativity, his intelligence, his charming personality. I never spent enough time with him, but every visit with my artful friend is an event I will never forget. He was a great encourager to me in my own work as an artist and art teacher. My life is changed for having him in it, and my world is a little less joyful, now, without him. Vincent Van Gogh said, "There is nothing more truly artistic than to love others." I am so thankful that a human with a great art spirit lives on through his work and the love he has shown for others! My deepest condolences to his family.
Laura Lee Scott
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