Wynnton Hogg, 87, of Dothan, a kind and loving man, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday morning, January 9, 2013. Wynnton told his family he would be going home to "precious Jesus," shortly before his diagnosis of lung cancer was made. He passed away only a few weeks later.
He was born in Juniper, Georgia on January 5, 1926 to his parents Robert Lee and Nellie Mae (Quinn) Hogg, who preceded him in death, as did his younger sister, Myra Nell Hogg, who perished in a tragic childhood accident.Wynnton served in the U.S. Navy as a teletype operator during World War Two. His ship arrived in Nagasaki, Japan just one week after the atomic bomb had been dropped on the city on August 9, 1945. He was called to active military service in 1950 during the Korean Conflict. In 1955, Wynnton moved to Dothan, Alabama with his wife and younger daughter to start a career with the Internal Revenue Service. They made Dothan their home and increased their family by two more daughters.
After retiring from the IRS, where he was teasingly called "Columbo" because he was so mild-mannered yet persistent in solving the case, Wynnton started his own accounting business which he operated for a number of years before enjoying full retirement. Although Wynnton's college education was acquired at the University of Alabama, Wynnton had been to Auburn, Alabama during the war and was so impressed by the friendliness of the townpeople, he became a lifelong Auburn football fan who also cheered for the Crimson Tide - with the exception of Ironbowl games!
He was a talented artist who especially enjoyed cartooning. He played in a country-western band during his youth and continued playing guitar or keyboard and singing along during his entire life. A treat he especially enjoyed was guitar picking and singing with his grandson, Kyle. Until he lost his central vision in his later life due to macula problems, he was rarely seen in photographs because he was usually behind the camera videotaping and interviewing family members and any willing subject he could recruit at any important event.
Wynnton was an active member and elder at his church home of Trinity Presbyterian Church, which is no longer in existence. Wynnton is survived by his loving wife of sixty-four years, Betty Jean (Gullatt) Hogg, of Dothan; a brother, Neil Hogg (Ann) of Moody, Alabama; his "three little pigs" (daughters): Deb Russell (Tom), of Homosassa, Florida, Myra Schwalen (Merle), of McKinney, Texas and Lisa Hogg of Newton, Alabama; three grandchildren: Jordan Sloop of Phenix City, Alabama, Kyle Hughes of New Orleans, Louisiana and Chris Sloop (Holly) of Dothan, Alabama; three great-grandchildren: Aida Hughes of Slidell, Louisiana, Marley Sloop of Phenix City, Alabama and Pearce Sloop of Dothan, Alabama; a special friend Olivia Parker of Newton, Alabama and other relatives, friends and neighbors of many years.A visitation will be held Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 1 P.M. at Ward Wilson Memory Hill Funeral Home located at 2414 Hartford Highway in Dothan, followed by a service to honor Wynnton's life and celebrate his passing at 2 P.M., which will be officiating by lifelong friends, Pastor Wade Ditty of Traer, Iowa and Ordained Minister Jeff Lane of Dothan, Alabama. A private burial will be held for family members.