A celebration of life service for James Vernon Hogg, 84, of Early, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Early First Baptist Church with Lowell Skaggs and Eddie Ailshie officiating. Interment will take place at 10:30 a.m. in Eastlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Heartland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hogg passed away on Monday, March 4, 2013, in Brownwood.

Vernon was born on Oct 18, 1928, in Lamesa, to Frank and Zora Hogg, the oldest of six children. He was married to Reba Lee Bettis on Dec. 22, 1949, in Lamesa. After living in West Texas for several years, they moved to Brownwood and together they operated Central Texas Livestock Auction and the Brownwood Cattle Auction.

Vernon always gave God all the credit for any success that he had in his life. He loved God, his family and his country. Vernon was a member of the Early First Baptist Church for many years and also served as a deacon. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and a good friend to many. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Vernon is survived by his wife, Reba; daughter, Connie Pelzel and husband Curtis of Miles; son, Dwayne Hogg and wife Jill of Stephenville; grandson, Cooper Hogg and wife Melissa of San Angelo; grandson, Roy Vernon and wife Tate of Stephenville; granddaughter, Kallie Jo Newman of Stephenville; granddaughter, Nicole Pelzel of Miles; two sisters, Geraldine Tarbet and husband Joe, Barbara Stone and husband Harold, all of Lubbock; two brothers, Kenneth Hogg and wife Lanette of Lamesa and Nelson Hogg and wife Cheryl of Lubbock; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Martin of Casa Grande, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Douglas Hogg; and a granddaughter, Michaela Pelzel.

Condolences can be offered to the family at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net.