James Ervin Hogston, 87

James Ervin Hogston, better known by most as “Poppy”, of Belcher, KY went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Pikeville Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. “Poppy” was born October 22, 1931 at Gobblers Knob in Martin, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his 1st wife, Dorothy Ratliff Hogston, parents Merlin and Mary Owens Rowe Hogston, sister Charlotte Brewer and brother Harold Hogston. Poppy served int eh United States Army and was a retired UMWA Coal Miner. Poppy was a hard worker and a dedicated family man and a friend to all. “Little Poppy” led by fine example to all who knew him. This rare jewel of a man leaves his loving memories and precious testimony to be cherished by his wife, Rebecca Thacker Abshire Hogston; children, Debbie Jackson (William “Butch”), Bernice McCormick (Kevin) & Gary Hogston (Melissia); step-children, Freddie Abshire (Young Chun), Delores Miller (Jimmy Ray) & Jimmy Abshire (Rhonda); grandchildren, Angela Lewis, Wendy Vance, Amanda Stacy Hughes, Brandy Sibley, Kellie Justice & Isaac Hogston; and step-grandchildren, HR & Travis Miller, Benjamin & Aaron Abshire, Cody, Cory & Chad Mullins and Jon & Sarah McCormick. Add to that number a host of great-grandchildren, extended family and friends and it equals up to a “legacy of love”. Visitation will be from 6-10PM Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel with a song service at 7PM. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 11AM from the chapel with Ray Sayers officiating. Burial will follow at Dow Brooks Cemetery, Draffin, KY.


  1. Leah Hampton says

    Erv was such a sweet man, he was what Lesia and I called one of the members of the Ferrell’s Creek Social Club because he and their friends came down to Daddy’s (Earl Francisco) store everyday and visited and sat and talked and socialized with each other and according to them solved the world’s problems for the day. He along with each of them were such good friends with my Dad and the memories they’ve left us we cherish so. I never met Erv and Becky out anywhere that they didn’t greet me with a big smile and a hug, I’ll miss that sweet twinkle in Erv’s eyes each time I saw that smiling face. My prayers are with each of you to find peace from your sorrows. We have a promise that we can meet again.

  2. Rita Ratliff says

    I’ll sure miss him when I go to my garden. He would always toot his horn and wave when he drove by. In days gone by he would stop and talk about his beans and tomatoes. Rest in peace Ervin.

  3. Amanda and Raney Davis says

    Wendy, Brett, and Girls,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Hoping that God can bring you comfort during this time.
    Lots of Love and Prayers,
    Amanda and Raney

  4. Charles Sturgeon says

    I just found out about his passing , I sure enjoyed working with him at Chisholm Coal, always fun to be around. If I had known I would have been to the funeral. I know your family are going through lots of grief right now and want to say you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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