History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.

Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.

Our History

Gerald and Sue Hoggard moved to Piggott in 1956, and initially worked for Lloyd Russell of Russell Mortuary. During those early years, as was common, the funeral home operated an ambulance service.

This attention to caring for the living, when incident or accident happened, continues to be a part of what we do at Hoggard & Sons: tending to the physical and emotional needs of those living in the Piggott community.

In 1971, Gerald formed his own firm with his two sons: Paul, and Sherrell, and that family unity is still reflected in our name: Hoggard & Sons. Some three years later, in 1974, they bought the building from Mr. Russell, and proceeded to renovate the chapel. Continued renovations have brought this facility up to the highest standards of comfort, elegance and accessibility.

In 2007 the family lost a son, Sherrell and in 2013 the family lost the founder of Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home, Gerald Hoggard. Despite these losses – or perhaps because of them – we renewed our commitment to caring for Piggott families when they face their own personal tragedies. After all, we are tempered by personal and professional experience. No one can understand your situation as well as we can.

Our Valued Staff

Gerald Wayne Hoggard (In Memory)

Gerald Wayne Hoggard (In Memory), Owner/Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Gerald has been serving families in their time of need for over 58 years. He graduated from Childress High School in 1950, and six years later, he was pleased to receive his degree from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science.

He was a member of the Piggott Masonic Lodge #545 and Member of the Order of the Eastern Star - New Piggott Chapter #625. He was also a member of the American Legion, Chamber of Commerce, and the Arkansas Scottish Rite Masons - Valley of Jonesboro.

Gerald’s professional memberships included the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association, as well as the NFDA, the National Association of Funeral Directors.

He was married to Shirley Sue (Wayland) Hoggard. Together, they raised two sons, Paul Wayne Hoggard and Sherrell Wayland Hoggard. And they’re the proud grandparents of four grandchildren: Kristin Johnson, Michael Hoggard, Stephanie Hoggard Lowe, and Kalyn Hoggard; and nine great-grandchildren: Mason Daniel Lowe, Matalyn Ashlee Johnson, Caden James Hoggard, Paul Brooks Johnson, Mia Gracelyn Lowe, Sloane Catherine Hoggard, Lorien Johnson, Fynn Johnson, and Finley Elise Lowe.

Gerald passed away in September 2013. We continue the tradition he started many years ago of serving our community with the foundation that he has laid.

Shirley Sue Hoggard

Shirley Sue Hoggard, Licensed Funeral Director / Co-Owner

Shirley has worked in funeral service beside her husband, Gerald, for the past 40 years. Not only did they work together side-by-side, but they raised their sons together, Paul and Sherrell. She is a graduate of Paragould High School and attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.

Sue graduated from Paragould High School after her parents moved from the Red Onion Community where she had been raised. She owned and operated Sue's Flower and Gifts in Piggott, Arkansas, for many years before retiring from the flower business in 2000. She is a proud member of the Eastern Star – New Piggott Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, #625.

Sue is also proud of her four grandchildren and their spouse, Kristin and Mark, Michael and Ashley, Stephanie and Jerrod and Kalyn and Mick. But she is most proud of her 9 great-grandchildren: Mason, Mattie, Caden, Mia, Brooks, Sloane, Lorien, Fynn, and Finley.

Known around the community as "Miss. Sue", around old acquaintances as Shirley, and among her family as Grand Sue.

Paul Wayne Hoggard

Paul Wayne Hoggard, Licensed Funeral Director / Embalmer

Paul has over 35 years of service in the funeral profession. He graduated from Piggott High School in 1974, after which he attended Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas.

He married Kathy (Reams) in 1977, and together they have two grown children, Kristin Ashley Hoggard (Johnson) and Kalyn Paul Hoggard. Paul and Kathy have two granddaughters, Matalyn Ashlee Johnson and Lorien Johnson and two grandsons, Paul Brooks Johnson and Fynn Johnson.

Stephanie Sheryl Hoggard Lowe

Stephanie Sheryl Hoggard Lowe, Licensed Funeral Director

Stephanie has worked alongside her family at the funeral home since 2005. She received her funeral director's license in 2008.

Stephanie is a graduate of Piggott High School, Class of 2004, and a graduate of the Three Rivers Community College (TRCC) in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. Stephanie later graduated from Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, with a major in Business Management.

In 2005, Stephanie married Jerrod D. Lowe and together they have a son, Mason and two daughters, Mia and Finley.

She is the daughter of late Sherrell Wayland Hoggard and Pamela (Rigdon) Hoggard.

Stephanie's brother Michael V. Hoggard and wife Ashley live in Maumelle, Arkansas, along with their son Caden James Hoggard and daughter, Sloane Catherine Hoggard.

Jerrod Daniel Lowe

Jerrod Daniel Lowe, Licensed Embalmer/ Funeral Director/ Certified Crematory Operator

Jerrod began working full time at the funeral home in 2014, after working 10 years at Ozark Border Electric Cooperative as a journeyman lineman. Jerrod grew up in Piggott, Arkansas, until the his family moved to Doniphan, where he graduated from Doniphan High School in 2002. He attended Linn Technical College in Linn, Missouri.

He is the husband of Stephanie Lowe and the father of Mason Daniel Lowe, Mia Gracelyn Lowe, and Finley Elise Lowe. He is the son of Eddie and Latraca Lowe of Doniphan, Missouri, grandson of Woodrow and Vonna Jean Lowe of Piggott, Arkansas, Jerry and Jane Webster, and Deanna and Raymond Dismukes of Pollard, Arkansas. Jerrod's sister, Chelsea Cote and her husband Paden live in Doniphan, Missouri, along with their son, Emmett and daughter, Aniston.

Jerrod graduated in 2015 from Des Moines Area Community College with a degree in Mortuary Science. After serving an apprenticeship under Paul Hoggard and completing his National Board Exam, he became a licensed Embalmer in 2017.

Shonne Mick

Shonne Mick, Licensed Funeral Director / Certified Crematory Operator

Shonne has been working for Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home since 2010 and is a licensed Funeral Director and a Certified Crematory Operator.

Russell Bruff (In Memory)

Russell Bruff (In Memory)

Russell is truly a jack-of-all-trades, and he’s provided invaluable assistance to Hoggard & Sons for over 15 years. We trust him with everything from yard work, to taking flowers to the cemetery, to maintaining our vehicles. Russell has since retired but we appreciate all the work he has done for us over the years.

Russell passed away in 2014 and Hoggard & Sons will always be grateful for the hard work and dedication he gave throughout his employment.