of Jonesboro, AR
March 26, 1939 - January 2, 2023
Boyce (Bobby) L. Hogue was born on March 26, 1939 in New Albany, MS to Boyce and Lena Garrison Hogue. He left this life on January 2, 2023. Bobby graduated high school and attended Northwest Mississippi Junior College in Senatobia, Mississippi; in 1959 he transferred to Arkansas State University on a football scholarship. He graduated from ASU with a bachelor's degree in Agriculture and an MSE and an EDS degree in School Administration. He worked as a coach and administrator in Kennett, Piggott and Jonesboro Public Schools. He began his insurance career in 1979 and was elected to the Arkansas House in the same year. Bobby served as an Arkansas State Representative for 20 years while maintaining his business. During his legislative career Bobby served as House Speaker for two consecutive terms. He also served as the National Chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council during this time. Following his legislative service, he established a lobbying business, Bobby Hogue & Associates, from which he retired in 2013. A lifelong Methodist, he remained active in the Jonesboro Regional Chamber and in the Jonesboro Exchange Club so long as his health allowed.Bobby was an ardent fan of traditional archery and enjoyed spending his leisure time outdoors, hunting, fishing, travelling and camping with his family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Frankie, of the home; daughters, Michelle (John) Brown and Lauren (Richard) Grantham of Jonesboro; grandchildren, Elizabeth Brawner of Wynne, Jackson Harmon, Hayden Harmon, Keats Grantham and Cooper Grantham of Jonesboro; niece, Pam (Donnie) Durley of Como, MS; lifelong best friend, Gene Smith, of Lake Cormorant, MS and close family who provided special care and comfort during his extended illness, Jimmie Sneed and Eddie Burris. In addition to his parents, Bobby was preceded in death by his sister, Phillis Grehan.Visitation is scheduled for January 5, 2023 from 5 to 7pm at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Other services are private. For any memorials, the family suggests the NEA Food Bank, PO Box 2097, Jonesboro, AR 72402 or the NEA Humane Society, 6111 East Highland, Jonesboro, AR 72401.
Mr. Hogue was as good as it gets working with high school kids, Jonesboro High School.
My uncle I was never allowed to meet. Prayers to the family. Miss you too Aunt Pam.
My heartfelt condolences to the family. I knew Coach from my JHS days. A fine man with a million dollar smile. Rest in peace.
I am saddened to learn of Bobby’s passing. Always considered him family. I was one of his office girls in 1969. He was one of the nicest and most considerate teachers at JHS. My condolences to his family. Prayers going up for you.
I knew Bobby from years ago, and like others who have left messages, our common interest was archery. I also remember Bobby as being very personable-a good trait for life and politics. While he was involved in politics, I remember saying to him, humorously, "you're as close as I have ever come to knowing someone important."Rest in Peace
Thinking of you all
Mr. Hogue was my Principal at JBR High School for number of years when I was a faculty member there. He was a valued leader, and our working relationship was civil. While serving as an Arkansas congressman , he nominated me as the peeson to fill a vacancy on the ASU Board of Trustees. My nomination was accepted, and I was in turn sworn into the position. I am grateful to him for affording me that opportunity to begin what became a lifetime of public service. My sympathies are being expressed to his family.
Condolences from the Woods family. Remembering the days of High School and also trading Auto mobiles during a period Bobby had a car lot. Sorry for your loss our prayers are with you.
Bobby was a dear friend - I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing!
Condolences to Bobby's family. Bobby was a fine man, and archer. Bobby was the assistant principal at JHS when I got there in '72. I remember the presence Bobby presented when doing his school duties. His presence demanded respect. I got to know him personally in later years thru archery, and when he needed his vehicle repaired. I was fortunate to have shared a campfire with him in the mountains of Colorado while bowhunting elk and mule deer. I cherish the fact that I knew him. He's sharing a campfire now with the likes of Fred Bear and Ben Pearson who went before him. Rest in Peace, Bobby.
The volunteers and staff of the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society send our sincere sympathies to Bobby's family, and we thank you for remembering the homeless animals, even in your time of grief.
Fond memories of days spent bowhunting in Colorado. Taught me a lot about how to be accurate with a bow.
Coach Hogue was a great inspiration for me. I had a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Hogue in High School as Vice Principal and later in life as a friend. I never saw him without a smile.
My thoughts and prayers for the Hogue family. Coach Hogue was such a sweetheart and the world was definitely a better place with him in it.
My condolences to the family of Coach Hogue. A very good man to his students. RIP Coach Hogue you will be missed by so many!
Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Coach and Asst. Principal Hogue was an inspirational to all and touched many lives. He will be missed by all that knew him.
Sorry for your loss.
Thank you all family &friends..It been wonderful !Sorry as well for each one's loss. I'm sure he be missed very much, I'd like to offer my condolences on behalf of my family and friends as well, Dalton, Roberts, Parks, Knights, Edwards, and so many more. Thanks, and may God Bless All.
I remember Mr. Hogue from my junior year of high school. He was the principal at JHS that year and it always struck me that the seniors all liked and respected him. I never had an opportunity to get to know him personally, but I remember the impression he left and the confidence he exuded. Obviously a fine man and I wish I had known him better. May he rest in peace.
Thank you for your service to our great natural state of Arkansas. May our Lord bless the family during this difficult time.
Remember him fondly from the JHS days! He earned your respect and was a role model to so many, me included. RIP coach and prayers to the entire family…🙏
Sorry for your loss. He was a good man
I always admired and respected Coach Hogue, even when he paddled my butt on a couple of occasions (I definitely deserved it)!! What an inspiration he was for all the kids whose lives he touched and became a role model for. R.I.P., Coach. And thank you for the many, many lessons you taught me, and so many others. I will be forever grateful to you!!!
I think of your family often. My prayers are with you all.
Prayers for Coach Hogue’s family. He was an awesome and well respected man. Proud to had him as my JHS principal and friend to my husband and I later in years. Ted and Patsey Rook
I cannot say enough good things about Coach Hogue. He was always available to talk to and help during our time at JHS. A most caring man. Gods speed coach.
May heart is breaking for Bobby’s family and Friends. What a great man and a good friend. His legacy will live on for many, many years. May God comfort and bless his family. RIP my friend.
He was a good man... He was my friend and treated me with respect. God bless his family
What an amazing life! Bobby taught me a valuable life lesson that I have never forgotten. Bobby was highly regarded and he will certainly be missed. He was always there for me throughout the years and I am forever grateful.
Bobby was a great friend from JHS and on through life. He was an honorable man that I’ll always owe a debt of gratitude. He was one of the best hunting partners you could ever ask for. RIP Bobby. Thank you for everything.
Great man. Condolences to the family.
Bobby was a truly good man, great leader and friend to many. So glad I had the privilege of knowing him. Sincere condolences to all his family and friends.
Coach Hogue was the best. He will be missed by all. Prayers for the family🙏🙏🙏
He was a great coach and mentor to me when I was in high school.
Sorry for your loss
Fly High Coach Hogue! Fair Winds and Following Seas My Friend! Glad to have known you first as Vice Principal at JHS and later as a friend!
Our deepest condolences. May God bless.
Coach Hogue you were a great Vice Principal with a great sense of humor and you needed it with me! RIP
What a great person during my JHS days class of 1973. He was a great leader and example during those days. Then he became a well respected state legislator serving over 20 years a man you could trust. He could swing a mean wooden paddle, it made me a better young man. Thank you Coach for your service to Jonesboro and the State of Arkansas.
Prayers are with family! Very sorry for your loss!
Rest in peace Coach Hogue! Your service to the state of Arkansas, in your various capacities, has been greatly appreciated. You will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family and friends.
FRANKIE, LAUREN & FAMILYOUR LOVE AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU,,
A great guy, friend and colleague. Many good and lasting memories.
Bobby Hogue was a fine and mentor. He served the people of Arkansas honorably. May God give comfort to all his family and loved ones during this time of sadness.
Prayers for comfort and peace. ❤️
Best uncle ever! You may be gone but I can assure you that you will always have a special place in my heart!! Resting peacefully now and tell the family I'll see them soon!!