Former Letcher County sheriff and coal operator Maynard Hogg died Tuesday in a Lexington hospital.
Hogg, 86, of Kona, died at Central Baptist Hospital. Everidge Funeral Home in Whitesburg has charge of arrangements, which were incomplete at press time.
Hogg had been active in the Neon Lions Club for more than 50 years and had bought thousands of pairs of eyeglasses for children. He is a recipient of the Lions Club’s Melvin Jones Award.
Hogg gave many donations to the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College and the Hogg Allied Health Center located on the Whitesburg campus is named in his honor.
In 2010, Hogg received a business achievement and leadership award at the “ Unsung Heroes” award ceremony sponsored by the Letcher County Chamber of Commerce. Neon dentist Dr. Sam Quillen Jr., who nominated Hogg for the award, described Hogg as “my second dad, my mentor, the guy I always wanted to be like.” Quillen said Hogg was “loving, fair, giving.”
“He is a major player to everything that has been good in Letcher County,” said Quillen. “He has quietly and silently helped tons of children in Letcher County. He has changed people’s lives.”
Hogg financially sponsored Little League teams and other local organizations.
Hogg, who served in the Navy, became active in the coal business after his term as sheriff ended in the late 1960s. He and his wife, Evaleen, ran a service station at Neon and would give items away to people that needed them.
Hogg had been married to his wife for 64 years. Surviving are his two children, P.M. Hogg and Debbie Hogg.
During Hogg’s acceptance speech at the Chamber of Commerce awards, he told the audience if he had helped one child or one family in his life, he thanked the God for it.
“I love Letcher County,” he said. “I love Kentucky and I love the United States. I say yes sir and no sir. I was raised that way. I put God first, then my family and friends. The one thing I want to leave you with is that what you’ve got and what you’ll get will do you as long as you live. It’s better to leave a little history behind.”