Carl M. Hoffman, 92, 130 Country Garden Road, Apt. 120, Johnson City, passed away Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at his residence.
He was the son of the late Ross M. and Irene R. Hoffman. He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his only sibling, Annabelle H. Chesseman, and a son-in-law, Lynn D. Shoop.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 67 years, Eva Goen Hoffman, of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Ross and Betty Hoffman of West Point, Ga., daughter and son-in-law, Carla and Larry Forbes of Johnson City, daughter, Jill Shoop of Watkinsville, Ga. He is also survived by grandson, Andy Hoffman and wife Julie of Newnan, Ga., granddaughter, Meredith Gardner and husband Bert of Newnan, Ga., grandson, Brandon Forbes and wife Ariel of Pittsburgh, Pa., granddaughter, Laura Allman and husband John of Knoxville, Tenn., granddaughter, Marisa Shoop of Quincy, Ill., and granddaughter, Isabella Shoop of Beaverton, Ore. In addition, five great-grandchildren, Davis and Betsy Hoffman, Charlotte and Frances Gardner and Eva Kate Allman.
Carl attended the University of Florida and Atlanta Christian College (now Point University). He served his country as a pilot from 1942-1945 in the Army Air Corps, achieving the rank of Captain. In September 1975 he retired from Delta Airlines after a 30-year career as a pilot. During his retirement years, he did volunteer flying for several mission organizations, including Mercy Airlift and Mission Aviation Fellowship.
Carl was a member of the Soaring Society of America, Experimental Aircraft Association, Air Line Pilots Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, United Flying Octogenarians, and during the years he lived in Florida, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Carl was a member of Hopwood Memorial Christian Church. He had served as a Sunday School teacher and elder in many different churches throughout his lifetime, and also led a Bible study at Appalachian Christian Village.
A burial with full military honors will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, October 4, in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. A Celebration of Life Service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 5, at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Elizabethton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the building fund at Hopwood Memorial Christian Church, P.O. Box 149, Milligan College, TN 37682 or Point University, 507 West 10th Street, West Point, GA 31833. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 11:20 a.m. Friday. Condolences to the Hoffman family may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Funeral Chapel, 212 N. Main St., Elizabethton, (423) 543-3839, is in charge of arrangements.