Homer Hogues
April 19, 1927 – June 27, 2023

Born in Navasota, Texas, in 1927, Hogues enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1946 at Fort Sam Houston. He was assigned to the 99th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, as an airplane and engine mechanic.

Homer later married Mattie Bell Robinson in 1947 and to this union were birthed two daughters, Mary Helen and Barbara Ann Hogues.

After returning home, Homer lived in Ovilla, Texas and later moved to Dallas. The family moved again in 1958 to the home where he and Mattie lived until their death. Homer died just two days after his wife passed away.

Homer became an electro- plater for Lane’s Plating Works from which he retired after 47 years. He served the File Mile and Highland Hills Community in various aspects.

Throughout his life, Hogues was an active representative of the Tuskegee Airmen, giving countless speeches and interviews about his military service.

Sgt. Hogues left the Air Force in 1949. Despite his extensive experience as an airplane and engine mechanic, he was denied work as an airline mechanic due to racism. He went to work on cars instead, retiring in 1995 after 39 years as a chrome plater. Throughout his life, Hogues was an active representative of the Tuskegee Airmen, giving countless speeches and interviews about his military service. Sergeant Hogues will be remembered for helping to bring about groundbreaking reforms in the U.S. Armed Forces and inspiring future generations of servicemembers.

At age 80, he joined the DFW, Claude Platt Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen and received his recognition as an ‘Original Documented Tuskegee Airmen. He, his wife and daughter, Barbara were active participants of efforts recognizing and stimulating National awareness, especially to youth in branches of the military and the Air Force.

Homer was soft spoken and kindhearted and loved by many. He spent a brief time in a nursing home but was blessed to return home with the assistance of various community and military groups.

Sources:
Evergreen Funeral Homes
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