Tribute & Message From The Family
Collier Randall "Randy" Hoglen age 56 of Clyde, passed away on February 17, 2013 at his home after a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by the ones he laughed with, lived for, and loved. Randy was born in Haywood County to Collier "Dick" and Betty Mehaffey Hoglen. He graduated from Tuscola High School and worked at Dayco and Conmet until he was forced to give up work due to his illness. Randy loved working in his yard, going to the beach, sports, and spending time with his family. He attended Long's Chapel UMC and loved to read his bible in his quiet time. In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife of 22 years Kathy Hoglen; son Dustin Hoglen; daughters Crystal Pace, Cameran Hoglen; and many other family members and friends. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6PM until 8PM at Garrett Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be at 2PM Thursday, February 21, 2013 at Long's Chapel UMC. Interment will follow at Green Hill Cemetery. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of MedWest Hospice and the Homestead. Their dedication and effort to provide quality care over the last month was a heartwarming blessing to our entire family. We thank God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time we spent with him. Memorial Contributions may be made in his memory to MedWest Hospice. Garrett Funerals and Cremations is caring for the family. www.garrettfuneralsandcremations.com
My memories of Randy will be forever with me. He was a very humble, loving man who treated everyone well. He loved to fish and watch those Brave’s. I remember him coming to Minneapolis to visit us and we went bass fishing on Lake Minnetonka. We did catch quite a few bass and Randy would talk about that trip almost every time I saw him. Randy also enjoyed seeing the Brave’s win and we would kid around discussing the Brave’s vs. Twins. Brave’s usually won. Randy also loved to play golf and was quietly very competitive. He could drive a golf ball a long ways though not always in the right direction. I remember after I would hit the ball a couple, three times I would help him find his lost ball. :-) I thank God for Randy and the great husband, father and friend he was. He finished well and is now with Jesus.
I met Randy about 4 or 5 years, when I first started work at ConMet. Our workbreaks would occasionally coincide and we would talk about whatever. Knowing I was from Michigan, he would tell me about his experiences with the Michigan weather when he was doing some work up there some time back. We would compare the heavy snows here in North Carolina to a light Michigan frost ... and laugh. I'll miss that the most I guess. He was one of the first persons at ConMet to open up and accept me as a friend. I always admired that about Randy.
I did not know Randy well and had met only a few times. But several weeks ago,leaves were falling and the wind was blowing, just a beautiful Fall day and I was working on a remodeling job at his home.
As we so often do I was trying to let Randy know how sorry I was for his sickness and all. In a moment Randy let me know that he was so thankful for all God had blessed him with and with a smile on his face and a determined look in his eyes he said "if your okay I have leaves to rake,a yard to clean,some time to spend outside!" I think that was how I will remember Randy... always things to do! Never feeling regret. Prayers with you all.