Dora Lee Hogan was born on February 14, 1926 to the union of her adoring parents, John Wesley and Barbara Freeman, in Forest City, Arkansas. She earned a diploma from Dunbar High School in Madison, Illinois and would later complete courses at the University of Wisconsin with an emphasis in fostering young children.
Dora accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and was united with Friendship Missionary Baptist Church more than 79 years ago. Throughout the years, Dora proudly served within her church community in many capacities; most notably as Head Secretary, Trustee member, Women’s Committee member, President of Gospel Choir, and on several fundraising and outreach programs. Her faith and commitment to Friendship is a testament of God’s will and unwavering love.
Dora was called to lead a life caring for children. The many children and grandchildren she cared for throughout her life was her most proud accomplishment. She carried the title mom and grandma like a badge of honor. Upon retiring, she would spend her time with family and friends and find ways to still serve her church community.
Dora Lee Hogan transitioned to be with the Lord on March 6, 2023 at 11:33 a.m. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Herman Frederick Hogan; parents, John and Barbara Freeman; brothers, John H. Freeman, Chester Freeman, James T. Freeman, Theodie Freeman, Lebron “Pat” Carnes, and angel brother Robert Freeman; sister, Odessa Adams; son, Prentice Barnes, and daughter, Anetter “Nita” Barnes.
In her memory she is survived by her sisters, Jewel Green of Matteson, IL and Malissa Mitchell of Las Vegas, NV; sons, Jodie Barnes, Melvin “Doc” Barnes, and Ricky Jackson; daughters, Linda “Martina” McCready, Kim Hogan-Townsend, Tamara “Kay” Green, Vanessa Love, Melissa Frechette, Terrie Jackson, and Natasha Jackson, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.