A.C. "Bud" Hogan, 87, of Old Fort, went to be with the Lord Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at McDowell Hospital with his family at his bedside.

He was born April 26, 1929, in McDowell County, to the late J.W. and Hattie Jane Reel Hogan. Bud grew up in the Bethlehem community and attended Bethlehem Baptist Church. As an adult, he was a faithful member of, and was very active in First Baptist Church of Old Fort. He was a well-known businessman in the Old Fort and McDowell communities. He started in Cohama Knitting Mill and worked his way up to become a co-owner of Arrowhead Corp. Bud was a former Mayor Pro-Tem in Old Fort and sat on many boards throughout the years. He was awarded the prestigious The Order of the Longleaf Pine by the state of North Carolina. Many people have benefitted in McDowell County from his generosity and benevolence.

In addition to his parents, Bud is also preceded in death by his daughter, Vickie Hogan; six brothers, Guy, Lester, Britt, Randy, Carroll and Bill; and three sisters, Eva Lytle, Willie Lytle and Corene Setzer. Surviving are his beloved wife of 66 years, Thurlene Murray Hogan; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Bost Hogan, of Marion and Betty Murray Miller and husband, Bill, of Ridgefield, S.C.; two brothers-in-law, Harold Murray, of Ohio and Norris Murray and wife, Martha, of Shelby; and a large number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at First Baptist Church of Old Fort. A funeral service will immediately follow at 2 p.m. at the church, with the Rev. Coy Jeans officiating.

Burial will follow at Bethlehem Community Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Kirksey Funeral Chapel in Old Fort has the honor of serving the Hogan family. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.kirkseyfholdfort.com.

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