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Russell B. Hogshire NORFOLK - Russell Beverly "Happy" Hogshire, 77, died peacefully Sept. 17, 2010 in a local hospital. A native of Norfolk, he was the son of the late Russell Blake Hogshire and Margaret Johnston Hogshire. He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Evelyn Nichols Hogshire. Mr. Hogshire was a graduate of Maury High School and the Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1955. After a tour of duty in the U.S. Army, he returned to Norfolk to work at Hogshire Industries Inc., where he later became the third-generation president. He was a longtime member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, where he served as a Sunday School teacher, youth group organizer, Vestry member and Senior Warden. He was a longtime member of Norfolk Yacht and Country Club and the Norfolk Lions Club. He was also an active supporter of Young Life of Norfolk and Gideons International of Virginia, in addition to several cultural arts organizations. Mr. Hogshire was a devoted husband, loving and generous father, and beloved grandfather who was active in the lives of his children and grandchildren. His unwavering Christian faith guided his life and blessed his family in eternal ways. He is survived by his three daughters, Margaret "Meg" Hogshire Bogue and her husband Clifford W. Bogue, M.D. of Guilford, Conn., Katherine Russell "Kate" Hogshire of Norfolk, Susan Beverly Hogshire and her husband John Cervens of Raleigh, N.C.; his brother, the Hon. Edward L. Hogshire and wife Diane of Charlottesville; his brother-in- law, John Nichols and wife, the Hon. Grace Munson Nichols of St. Charles, Mo.; grandchildren, Katherine Hope Bogue and Russell Clifford Bogue; five nephews and their families, and his dear friend Jean Decker Powell of Norfolk. Mr. Hogshire was an avid sailor who won numerous local, regional, national and international sailing titles and continued to love this sport his whole life. Locally, he helped to establish the Old Dominion University Sailing Program. He was actively involved in several professional canvas products associations. He was a founder of Zone 4 Virginia-Carolinas Canvas Products Association and a board member of the Industrial Fabrics Association International and was awarded the Honored Life Member status from both associations. A funeral will be held Saturday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd with the Rev. Robert A. Davenport officiating. Burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the Church of the Good Shepherd, 7400 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23505; Young Life of Norfolk, 7400 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23505; The Gideons International of Virginia, 2337 Custom Circle, Virginia Beach, VA, 23454; or the Virginia Military Institute, P.O. 932, Lexington, VA 24450. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel, is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

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August 4, 2017
Put off too long in searching for Happy. Sad to learn of his passing.

Happy made sails for my single handed one design Seahawk. I always credited him with my success with that boat.

Great memories. RIP Happy.
Dale Welch
September 21, 2010
To the Family, Friends, and Employees of Happy Hogshire,

I first met Happy when I was 16, working at Staunton Paint & Wallpaper in Staunton, VA. Happy walked in the store introduced himself, asked me my name, and I got the manager for him. He always remembered my name. Even then he was like an old friend. One of my jobs there was the awning portion of the business, so we always had that to talk about, and how he liked to talk.
I was about 24 when the store closed and I started Blue Ridge Awning Service. Happy helped me make that a reality. I was and still am a small, no a very small dealer with Hogshires. But the way he did business with me you would have thought I was doing a million dollars a year with him. He always had time to answer questions and always had I sincere interest in me and my family. When he would call I knew it was him in an instant. You couldn’t mistake that friendly Norfolk accent. The only problem I had was getting off the phone with him and him with me. He always lived up to his nickname Happy. After all these years I honestly thought that Happy was part of his name.
Happy has been good friend for the past 38 years. In all of our years of doing business I never knew him to be angry or speak badly of anyone. He was a fine Christian gentleman and as honest and ethical a business man as they come. It’s hard to find guys like him anymore.
I have lost a very good friend, and the world has lost a really great guy.

My condolences to all,
C. Curtis Sheffer
Blue Ridge Awning Service
Curtis Sheffer
September 21, 2010
Family of Happy Hogshire,
Happy was a well respected acquaintence of mine and I very much admired his honesty, integrity, and character; though I express gratitude for all of his hard work and efforts, I cannot find the words to properly express my sincere sorrow for your loss and the loss to the community of his friends and business associates.
Mike Cutter
September 20, 2010
Happy in Charleston, SC with Zone 4
Len Stielper
September 20, 2010
Happy in Charleston, SC with Zone 4
Len Stielper
September 20, 2010
Kate and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. May God hold you close and give you comfort and peace. You are in my prayers.
Beth Ownley Cooper
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