STUTTGART—Charles Franklin Bogy, age 92, passed away at Stuttgart Baptist Health Hospital on Monday, October 28, 2013, after suffering a massive stroke following a break in at his home on West Hastings Street.
Born on July 28, 1921, to Charlie and Effie Bogy, Charles is survived by his wife of 72 years, Flora Orton Bogy.
Charles joined President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s post-Depression Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) at age 16 and served as a physician’s assistant in St. Charles, Ark. He took the knowledge and skills he learned in the CCC to the US Army Medical Corps in 1941. The World War II Veteran proudly served his country at Camp Howze, Texas, until 1946.
Charles married Flora Orton in December, 1942. The devoted couple, who described each other as their best friend, raised two children, Charlene and Kenny. Charles and Flora opened and managed the Singer Sewing Machine Center on Main Street in downtown Stuttgart until he retired due to health complications in 1968.
Bogy, affectionately known to the citizens of Stuttgart as “The Singer Man,” began operating a sewing machine repair shop from his home from 1978 until he fully retired in 2012 at age 91. He repaired and maintained the Arkansas County School System’s Home Economics Department sewing machines, as well as those of countless Stuttgart and surrounding communities’ homeowners.
Charles was a devoted member of Southside Baptist Church in Stuttgart. He was both a Deacon and the Chairman of Ushers for 40 years. God, his Christian faith, and his church family were the cornerstones of his life, and he humbly and softly took his Message to everyone, both friend and stranger alike.
Second only to God and family, Bogy was an avid outdoorsman throughout his life. His passion and hobby were fox hunting, and he tended to his hounds in a way that most humans tend to their own children. His joy of hunting came from the thrill of the chase and hearing his foxhounds trail a fox. He had a close circle of fox hunters who were an extension of his family.
Charles is survived by his wife, Flora Orton Bogy; one daughter and son-in-law, Charlene Bogy and Jim Outlaw; one sister, Hazel Bogy Davis; three grandchildren, Scott Outlaw, Kenny Wayne (Janice) Bogy, and Tracy Outlaw; three great-grandchildren, Ian, Paige, and Brayden Bogy; and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Effie Bogy; his son, Kenneth Edward Bogy; two brothers, Cecil and Shelton Bogy; three sisters, Gracie Polk-Bogy; Aileen Bogy Ply; and Frances Bogy Brown; and one brother-in-law, Irvin Orton.
Charles Franklin Bogy will be dearly missed and always loved by his family and friends and by everyone whom his life touched.
Funeral arrangements are set for 2 p.m. Friday, November 1 at Turpin Funeral Home in Stuttgart, with internment to follow at Lone Tree Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m Thursday, October 31.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorials be made to Southside Baptist Church, 402 East 19th Street, Stuttgart, AR, 72160, or to the charity of their choice.
Please go to www.turpinco.com to sign the online guestbook.