The Owensboro-Daviess County Christmas Parade Association is honored to name Houston Hogg of Owensboro as the 2016 Grand Marshal of this year’s Christmas Parade. Houston and his wife of 44 years, Deborah, will lead the parade when the whistle blows at 4:30pm on November 19th to begin a community celebration whose theme is “Home for the Holidays!”
The Hoggs have six children and 19 grandchildren, and have been foster parents to more than 500 children over the past 25 years. Some may remember Hogg who retired in 2013 as a coal equipment operator senior of Indiana Michigan Power’s Rockport Plant after working at the plant for 27 years but the Hoggs have touched the lives of many in our community and brought Owensboro in the spotlight earlier this year when Houston, the former UK running back, was honored as one of the first four African American football players at the University of Kentucky by the university erecting a statue of him and three teammates on the Lexington campus. Hogg has also been featured in Owensboro Living, the Courier Journal, Lexington Herald-Leader, and various other publications and media outlets.
Houston is a proud member of the University of Kentucky K-Club, described by their website as “an exclusive group of men and women who want to stay in the game, cherish their sports commitment, and nurture the legacy they helped develop” and the influence of Hogg’s family has been deep in various athletic venues through the years, mostly at Owensboro High School, but also at Owensboro Catholic.
Houston’s life is a testament of forgiveness, faithfulness, and honor. He and his wife have dedicated themselves to our community and have opened their hearts and home to many. Sunrise Children’s Services proudly named them to Foster Parent Emeritus status after 25 years of foster parent ministry and the Hoggs were named National FFTA Foster Parents of the Year for their faithful service to the foster parent ministry.