Sunday, December 8, 2013 our world lost a great husband, father and friend, Bobby Joe Hogan, 79, son of H. Grady Hogan and Mary Claire Hogan of Madison. He is survived by his wife Rachael; children Doug, Jimmy and Carolyn; grandchildren Sarah, Caleb, Brittany, Garrett, Jeremy, Joe and Logan; and great-grandchildren Charlotte, Aliciana, Breyanna, Romeo and Braven. Funeral service will be held Thursday, December 12 at 2 pm in the chapel at A. E. Carter Funeral Home.

Visitation was Wednesday night from 6 to 8 pm. Bob or Bobby or B.J. as he was known to many was born and grew up in the depression era in Madison, but the stories he told of his youth were anything but those of hardship.

Although the family was not wealthy and he lost his father at a young age his memories of his youth was filled with good times and much mischief. All along the way though, through high school and in playing various sports. From baseball to football to basketball, he developed a great balance of compassion and leadership.

He started at a very young age working in various grocery concerns and turned this into his lifelong career; retiring as long time store manage from Colonial / Big Star. His great pride in management wasn’t in the efficiency of the stores he ran or in his own advancement, but instead with the people he developed.

From stocking clerks and cashiers who advanced within his stores, in skill and in personal maturity, to the many managers he trained and developed who he recommended for promotion to their own stores, only to face his next green management trainees himself, this was his pride of work, the people.

His family life with wife Rachael was a great romance combined with family fun with the children, spent mostly in Thomaston. A great joy for the family was the summer vacation time often to the Gulf coast of Florida. Motor bikes and old cars and trucks supervising the kids while they drove on old dirt roads was, too a great pastime that he enjoyed.

Though he and Rachael disagreed often on the motorcycle part he was determined to give his kid the kind of things he couldn’t have when growing up and found great joy in it; involving as much time to ride as an opportunity to each maintenance, care and discipline in the process. It’s hard to put into words but if you met Bob Hogan you’d know that this short description only scratches the surface of the man.

His sense of humor, discipline, compassion and independent spirit was infectious and you could not help but be a better person by having known him. Although he rarely attended church Bob was a believer in God and he understood that life is just too complicated and special to have happened by accident. So we know he’s with God, in great peace and smiling down on us all right now. A.E. Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.