OBITUARY

Michael Ashley "Mike" Hogewood

September 13, 1954September 5, 2018
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Michael Ashley “Mike” Hogewood died Wednesday, September 5, 2018, just days short of his 64th birthday. He was the first-born child of Donald (deceased) and Mary Ann Hogewood. He attended public schools in Charlotte and Greensboro, graduating from Grimsley High School in 1972. He earned his B. A. in English and Speech from Lenoir Rhyne College where he was a member of Sigma Epsilon Fraternity, played on the tennis team, wrote for the college newspaper, sang in the choir, acted in The Playmakers, and ran the sound board for various college functions. Even before he graduated, Mike was honing his broadcasting skills as “Mike Murphy” on the Top-40 station Channel One Radio in Hickory. A college internship at WSOC in Charlotte started a 40+ year career in sports broadcasting. He worked at WBTV in Charlotte; at WBBH in Fort Myers, Florida; and at WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama, where he hosted the weekly Bear Bryant Show. He was Sports Director at WGHP in High Point and at WFMY News2 in Greensboro for 14 years. In 2001, Mike became a freelance broadcaster of live events. His distinctive voice was easily recognized by ACC fans who watched him on the sidelines of football games or calling play-by-play for basketball and baseball contests. He worked with many on-air professionals and behind-the-scenes technical crews. Mike loved the preparation and research before an event as much as the event itself. His attention to detail and advance contact with the event participants often paid off when a game was lopsided or there was a weather delay. As he often said, “When I graduated from college, there was no Internet, cell phones were something out of a science fiction novel, a computer took up an entire room, the invention of cable TV was a few years away and a manual typewriter was used for all my college papers and my pre-game notes.” That distinctive voice was also active in church choirs in Fort Myers, at Highlands Methodist Church in Birmingham, and at West Market Street United Methodist in Greensboro. He also loved musical theater and would carve out time to act in community productions. His credits include “A Little Night Music” at Birmingham’s Little Theatre along with Greensboro appearances in “Annie”, “1776” and “A Little Night Music” on the Carolina Theatre’s Main Stage. Mike emceed many sports –related and community events such as Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer and the Carolina’s 90th anniversary production. In 2015, Mike received his Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies from UNCG. His passion for learning and mentoring young adults just beginning their careers helped him move into a second-career, teaching at the college level. Professor Mike Hogewood taught at Lenoir Rhyne University, Catawba College and was currently an adjunct teaching role at Pfeiffer University. Mike loved people and was often known to conduct an “interview,” asking questions as though he was a reporter. He loved reading and had a bedside stack of varying genres. He loved spending time with this family in the hills near Boone and the tidal areas of Myrtle Beach. Mike was recognized by his broadcasting peers with many awards. The most memorable awards include First Place among United Press International Broadcasters of Florida; two Alabama Associated Press Television Awards for Outstanding Broadcast Journalism, and several Best of Gannett Awards while working for WFMY News2. Mike also won two Southeast Regional Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Mike is survived by his mother, Mary Ann McKeel Hogewood; his wife of 42 years, Nancy Hoyle Phillips Hogewood; daughter, Melissa Carol Hogewood Garrison (David); son, Robert Montgomery Hogewood; grandchildren, MacKenzie Piper Garrison, Darden Wrenn Garrison and Pippa Jane Garrison; sister, Donna Hogewood Want (Alan); brother, Scot Douglas Hogewood; mother-in-law, Derusha Darden Phillips; brother-in-law, Robert Darden Phillips (Kathy); nieces and nephews, Heather Want King (Reid), Meagan Want, Evan Hogewood, Kate Hogewood West (Ryan), Jakeb Stokes Phillips and Ella Clare Darden Phillips; and many other great nieces and nephews and cousins. Gifts of remembrance may be made to West Market United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 870, Greensboro, NC 27402; Lenoir Rhyne University for the Communications Department, P. O. Box 7467, Hickory, NC 28603; or to the Greater Greensboro Sports Council, c/o Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, 330 South Greene Street, Suite 100, Greensboro, NC 27401. A Memorial Service will be held at West Market Street United Methodist Church, 302 West Market Street in Greensboro, on Monday, September 10 at 11:00 AM.

Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel is assisting the Hogewood family.

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, September 10, 2018
  • Receiving Family and Friends Monday, September 10, 2018
REMEMBERING

Michael Ashley "Mike" Hogewood

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Susan Jowett Offord

September 17, 2018

I would like to offer my condolences to Mike's family. Mike and I were in "homeroom" classes while attending Grimsley. As my maiden last name began with J , he would always occupy the seat in front of me. I moved from Greensboro as a senior but followed Mike's career. Now living in Atlanta, listening to him call an ACC game would bring back those good old days! He led a life to definitely be proud of and I glad that I had the opportunity to have known him.

RON WILSON

September 13, 2018

I have never had the honor of meeting Mr. Hogewood in person. I enjoyed his part on WFMY-TV Channel 02 each night on the 6:00 P.M. news. He was a wonder and delightful person and we enjoyed his part of the newscast each evening. He will greatly be missed.

Cheryl Smith Allgood

September 11, 2018

I did not know Mike personally, but Donna and I were friends in the band at Grimsley. We went to visit Mike at Lenoir Rhine one weekend, and listened to him on the radio while we were there! I have lived in VA and SC, and it was great to watch or listen to an ACC game Mike was broadcasting. We send our love and prayers to all of you.
Sincerely,
Cheryl Allgood

Jolyn Kelley

September 9, 2018

Please know that we are thinking of each of you today and would be there to deliver hugs and teary smiles in person if we were in town! The tributes in the paper have been wonderful and I hope they have brought comfort to you. Whenever we turned on a sports event that Mike was broadcasting or saw a Kia ad that Mike was doing, we always talked about Girl Scouts and remembered fondly Melissa (and Nancy's) participation in the troop.
I know we are saying goodbye much too early to a dear man who meant a lot to our community and who meant everything to you, his family. We send our love and stand ready to help if there is anything we can do. Blessings to you all. With love, Jolyn and Bob Kelley

Terry Bane

September 9, 2018

Mike made a real difference during his life. He was a master of his craft and a very nice man. He is fondly remembered by all of his Grimsley High School classmates as someone very special. Rest In Peace Mike Hogewood.

Jenn Hildreth

September 9, 2018

To Mike’s family,
I can’t begin to imagine how you all must be feeling right now, but I hope it brings you some comfort to know just how much Mike was loved and respected by those of us fortunate enough to work with him. Mike was a wonderful mentor and friend to me, and was always so gracious with his time and willing to help me in any way possible. When I first stepped onto a television studio set, he was beside me. In many of the first games that I ever called from a television booth, he was there. I can, and always will, hear his laugh, see his smile, remember his many entusiastic calls. Mike taught me how to organize my overflowing pregame notes into a binder, how to calm down, and smile, before looking into that camera lens and going live. But perhaps the thing that I believe defines his legacy, for me anyway, was the passion with which he went about his craft. He loved his job, whether he was trudging the sidelines of ACC football or calling college baseball, or lacrosse, or field hockey, or soccer. He loved them all, and that love was evident in everything that he did. It is my honor to try and carry on this type of passion for our profession, and to give it back to the viewers in the same way that Mike did so well, for so many years. How lucky was I, to start my career in the shadow of Mike Hogewood ... because it was there that he also took me under his wing. I am forever grateful, and am deeply saddened by his passing. I send my love and condolences to you all.
Sincerely,
Jenn Hildreth,
Play by play announcer for ESPN, Fox Sports, Lifetime, and Raycom Sports

Paul Burden

September 9, 2018


I never met Mike, but I'll miss him just the same. To me, he was THE face (and voice) of the ACC. It was clear he loved his work; he did it with such enthusiasm. I'll really miss seeing him on the sidelines or courtside. In watching his coverage, it was obvious he was a genuine and kind man. My most sincere condolences go out to his family.

Debbie @ Kiss Sloane

September 9, 2018

You will be missed, Prayers for your family

Mark Mangicaro

September 8, 2018

Mike was not only a first class broadcaster, he was a beautiful human being. Many of us here in the Upstate New York just learned of his death while we were at the Carrier Dome this afternoon.

Mike's kindness will long be remembered. We are all so very sad. I will miss our little chats about the history of broadcasting and teaching college. My deepest condolences to Mike's family and also to everyone at Raycom.

Ken Campbell

September 8, 2018

My deepest condolences to Nancy and the Hogewood family. I was saddened hearing of Mike's passing. Although I had lost touch with Mike over the years, we were good buddies and theatre pals in Greensboro while we were in college. Many fond memories of hanging out with Mike at a little FM station in Greensboro during his night shift and rehearsing and performing out at the old livestock arena with the Greensboro Youth Theatre, Livestock Players. May God's grace and comfort be with you at this very difficult time.