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Elaine Virginia Smith Hogans was born in Ebro, Florida to the late Tobe and Annie Savilla Smith on November 27, 1944. Elaine was the eldest of twelve children. Elaine was preceded in death by both parents, a sister, Gina Diane Everett Smith and a brother Tony Elvis Smith.
At an early age, Elaine accepted Christ as her personal savior, and became a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Ebro, Florida. Elaine continued to serve faithfully as a member of Rocky Mount Baptist Church until her death.
Elaine was a member of the Retired Teacher’s Association of Alabama. She was also a dedicated member of Mina Chapter #349 of Abbeville, Alabama, Golden Circle and Just Friends Social Club of Dothan, Alabama.
Elaine was educated in the public school system of Washington Co, Florida becoming the first African American teacher to integrate Vernon Elementary School. She went on to further her education receiving her Associates in Arts Degree from Rosenwald Junior College in Panama City Florida. Elaine continued on to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University receiving her Bachelor of Science in Education. She furthered her studies at Florida State University obtaining her Master of Science from the College of Education. Elaine concluded with a total of forty plus years of exemplary service in the educational system, ultimately retiring from the Henry County School System.
On October 27, 1984, Elaine wed to Halie C. Hogans who preceded her in death. Upon this union of twenty-seven years, four children connected with her heart that she loved and cherished dearly. Hillary (Samron) Solomon, Vernon (Deanna) Hogans, Vincent (Angela) Hogans, and Veronica (Dexter) Grimsley. Elaine was also cherished deeply by Victor L. Hogans, and Vanessa L. Hogans. Additionally, she leaves to cherish her fond memories her loving sisters: Bonnie Thompson, Brenda (Elder Eli) Andrews, Evilla Smith, Miranda (Roger) Green and Ava Smith. Elaine’s beloved brothers include Larry (Elouise) Smith, Willis Smith, Bruce (Laura) Smith and Rev. Walter (Lisa) Smith. Elaine was also adored by her grandchildren: Thomas Orlando Shantez, Tyler Matthew, Alexander Verel, Avril Alice, Victoria Leeanna, Vincent Lydell, Madisen Cambria, Bryson Dexter, Jazmyn Rosalee and Atiya Chanel. Elaine’s legacy continues to live on through her great grandchildren: Noah, Vintage, Carsun, Julian and Jason. She also leaves to cherish a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.