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Tyler Memorial Funeral Home - Cemetery and Mausoleum

12053 State Highway 64 West, Tyler, TX

OBITUARY

Charles Louis Hoffman

11 August, 193716 May, 2020

Charles Louis Hoffman, Jr., “Charlie”, of Frankston, TX, was born on August 11, 1937, to Charles Louis Hoffman, Sr, and Mary Louise Hoffman, nee Kelty, in Youngstown, OH. He passed on to his Heavenly rest on May 16, 2020 at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, TX.

Charlie graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1960, with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. He married Priscilla Elizabeth Scott on December 29, 1962, and they raised their children in Arlington, TX. For the 35 years of his career, he worked for Lockheed-Martin (and several predecessors) with 10 years in aircraft design, and another 25 years as Lead Design Engineer for the design and building of the Space Shuttle, as well as the International Space Station.

While living in Arlington, Charlie was one of the founding members of Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, founded in 1978. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council 6269, where he served as Grand Knight, among other capacities. He truly enjoyed playing in the softball league with his brother knights.

After retirement, Charlie and Priscilla moved to East Texas, where they were founding members of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Frankston, TX, in 1997. He was integral in the planning and design of the church. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council 1323 in Palestine, where he served as Grand Knight, Secretary, and Treasurer. For the past 16 years, he was involved in ministry at Coffield Prison in Tennessee Colony, TX, sharing his faith with those that needed it most. He felt he was lucky in his life, and believed everyone should have a second chance. He led many men to Jesus Christ through his ministry.

He often said, “there but for the grace of God go I.” He felt he was one of the luckiest men in the world: being blessed with loving parents who introduced him to God and the value of hard work; meeting his beautiful bride on a chance encounter on a train ride from KS to TX; having four healthy, successful children that loved and cherished him; having a strong faith; and being able to serve others in so many ways. He will always be a shining example of what a person can be when GOD is at the top of everything you do.

Charlie is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jim Hoffman; sisters, Ann Konderla, Margaret Bindel, and Carol Palazzo; and granddaughter, Brandi Shelton.

Charlie is survived by his wife of 57 years, Priscilla; his four children, Chuck Hoffman, Pat Hoffman and wife Amy, Scott Hoffman, and Mary Wharton and husband David; five grandchildren, Allison Turner and husband Bob; Andrew Flynn; Reagan, Bryce, and Matthew Hoffman; three great-grandchildren, Brandon, Aaron, and Casey Turner; two sisters, Marynell Konderla, and Susan Honeycutt; many nephews and nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces; and many, many friends.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to Diocese of Tyler, 1015 ESE Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701-9663, ATTN: Terri Bolton/prison ministry; or a charity of your choice.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler, TX, with visitation beginning at 9:00 am and Rosary and Funeral beginning at 10:00 am. Burial services will be held the same day at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington, TX, beginning at 4:30 pm.

Services

  • A Time of Visitation

    Thursday, 21 May , 2020

  • Rosary and Funeral Service

    Thursday, 21 May , 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, 21 May , 2020

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Mary Jo Burgess

May 26, 2020

Ms. Priscilla,

On behalf of the staff and board of directors of CASA for Kids of East Texas, we offer our heart-felt sympathy for the loss of your special husband. We extend our prayers and thoughts for God to embrace you with his peace and comfort.

Mary Jo Burgess
CASA ED

David Moreno

May 22, 2020

I'm one of Charlie's ex- students and his ex- leader of coffield Catholic church. Charlie was a father, a brother, a uncle but most of a friend. Thank you Mrs. Hoffman for sharing Charlie with us. May God bless you always. The guys from prison know and send you there love and prayers. Their very sad. Charlie brought life to the unwanted. I'm so glad I was able to tell Charlie I loved him. I will truely miss him. He was and will always be family.Thank you.

Ben Wieberg

May 20, 2020

A long time friend and Brother Knight. I’ll miss working with you at the church pancake breakfasts and other activities. You leave me with happy memories and especially the trip to Germany. My condolences to Priscilla and your family.

Susan Honeycutt

May 20, 2020

In March of this year Chuck and Percy came to our house in Atlanta prepared to attend Michael Palazzos wedding in Charleston, SC. However, as a result of the newly declared COVID-19 pandemic and our age that placed us in the at risk category we made the decision to stay here. The best part of that decision was we got spend 4 days with Chuck and Percy telling stories, laughing, and talking about our family. We feel it was a gift from God to have spent that time with them. We will miss you so much Chuck.

Marynell Konderla

May 20, 2020

Chuck became my hero when I was ten years old and he saved my life. Some neighborhood kids locked my best friend and me in their fort. They set a fire and fanned the smoke in on us. Great fun for ten year olds. Chuck heard our screaming and came running to our rescue. From then on I knew I could always count on him. Goodbye MY HERO, my heart is weeping. Your loving sister, Marynell

PATRICIA KAHLICH

May 19, 2020

I didn't know the Knight. I didn't know the college student. I didn't know the brilliant engineer. He was always just Uncle Chuck. Sweet, quiet, quick to laugh Uncle Chuck who always got a kick out of the fact that I could hang sheet rock and knew my way around a table saw. I will miss you dearly Uncle Chuck. Say hi to my momma for me!
Love, Patricia

Larry Henderson

May 19, 2020

I am Chaplain Larry Henderson assigned the H.H. Coffield Unit were Charlie coordinated our Catholic program. His faithfulness to our men was such an inspiration and example of humility, selflessness, and a commitment to Faith. Charlie will be missed not just as a TDCJ volunteer but as a friend. Wednesdays at Coffield will not be the same without Charlie. Condolences and prayers for the Hoffman extended family. Blessings and peace to you for your lose.

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