Earl Fowler Hoffmeister

December 9, 1926March 7, 2017

Earl Hoffmeister, age 90, was born on December 9, 1926, in Maryville, Tennessee to Hollis and Thelma Hoffmeister. He was raised on a small farm in South Knoxville and attended Hendrons Methodist Church and began elementary school. The family later moved to Lincoln Park where they attended Lincoln Park Methodist Church. He attended Lincoln Park Elementary School. They then moved to Lindy Dr. in South Knoxville where he attended and graduated from Young High School. While at Young High, he played basketball and football. He served in World War II. After the war, he attended UT and played football until he was injured. He along with friends transferred to Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC where he played football and basketball. While there he met and married JoAnne Elledge. They were married 67 years. Their first born child Deborah was born while there. After graduation, the family moved to Covington, GA where he taught and coached at Newton County High School. Their second child, David, was born there. After a few years the family moved to Powell, Tennessee where he taught and coached at Powell High School. Their third child, Dan, was born. They attended Powell United Methodist Church for 63 years. He later taught school at Central High School, and built houses in the summers. While at Central, he became the assistant principal. He was encouraged to run for Knox County School Superintendent. In 1976, he was elected and subsequently reelected three times, and retired in 1992. When asked what he liked about the job the most, it was getting out in the schools and being with the children. After retirement, he worked part-time for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office for a short time. He loved people, enjoyed being outside, and piddling in his basement. In their later years, they move to Morning Pointe in Powell, an assisted living facility. He was surrounded by family during his calm passing. He loved people and always had a smile for them. His favorite saying was never love anything that can’t love you back. He loved people and was loved by many. He will be greatly missed and always loved. Preceded in death by parents, Hollis and Thelma Hoffmeister; brother, H.L. Hoffmeister, Jr.; son, Dan Hoffmeister, and daughter-in-law, Jenny Hoffmeister. Survived by wife, JoAnne Hoffmeister; daughter, Deborah Johnson and husband, Jerry; son, David Hoffmeister and wife, Nancy; grandchildren, Jason Hoffmeister and wife, Michelle, and Will Johnson; great-grandchildren, Colton and Natalie Hoffmeister; nephew, Larry Hoffmeister; and extended family, Steven George and family. The family will receive friends Friday, March 10 from 5 – 7 pm at Powell United Methodist Church, 323 W. Emory Rd., Powell, Tennessee 37849. The funeral service will follow with Rev. Martha Atkins and Pastor Hugh Roberts officiating. The graveside service will be Saturday, March 11 at 3 pm at Greenwood Cemetery with Pastor Robert (Bob) Dukes officiating. Family and friends will meet at 2:30 at Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Special Olympics of Greater Knoxville, PO Box 34024 Knoxville, TN 37930 or Powell United Methodist Church, 323 W Emory Rd Powell, Tennessee 37849. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Friday, March 10, 2017
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 10, 2017
  • Interment Saturday, March 11, 2017

Earl Fowler Hoffmeister

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Carol Nelson

March 17, 2017

A great and kind person. So many memories from CHS. The Colson children....Frank, Linda, Cordell and Carol

Aileen Hatmaker

March 12, 2017

You ARE missed my friend! May our Lord Jesus give your family the peace that passes all understanding and comfort them.

james hatchett

March 11, 2017

Earl was a wonderful man and raised a wonderful family. It was a honor and privilege to have him as a uncle and to have him in my life. I send our condolences to his family and friends and pray that everyone is celebrating the joy and loving memories that he brought into this world.

Lynda Rose

March 11, 2017

It was honor and priveledge to care for Mr H .... he served others until the end. I loved his wisdom, his kindness, his patience and his humor...and his dedicated love for family. Big in peace sir, you served well. Thank you. Love and respect always ! Lynda Rose.

March 11, 2017

Debbie and David, so sorry for your loss. He always had a big smile on his face. Thinkng of you and your family. Karren Woods

Misty Worthington

March 11, 2017

To the family,
I can not express enough to you my heart felt sympathy. I cared for Earl at Morning Pointe and would not trade that time for anything in the world. JoAnn I am so so sorry for your loss and please know it hurts my heart for you. Debbie I know the pain of losing your father, a man you admired and looked up to and all the memories of being daddy's little girl. My heart aches for you. I will pray for peace and comfort for you all know that you will forever be in my prayers and on my mind. I love you all!

March 11, 2017

Mr. Hoffmeister was a man of class. My brother, Charles Maner Jr worked with him at the county and asked me to sign the book for him. Like many other I think he did a lot for Knox County and the children.

Richard Raridon

March 11, 2017

Earl and his partner JD Jett built our house in Oak Ridge in 1964. Aside from a few water problems, the house is still in great shape.

Sharon Floyd Taylor

March 11, 2017

So Sorry to hear of Dear Mr. Hoffmeister's home going. So many wonderful stories and memories I'll cherish of him. He was my vice Principal at CHS and I Loved him aggravating me everyday in between classes and Later when he was superintendent he hired me for middle school. He said " It was payback for me cause he put me in charge of ISS" He was a man of such wonderful Character and morals and I was privlaged to go to bible study in they're home JoAnn had. you knew of his witness by his actions and Love for people. He will be greatly missed and Knox County Schools have never been and will never be the same since his Term ended What a Mark he left in our County one to continue to strive to bring it back To. With Continued Prayers, Sharon Floyd Taylor

Keith And Pat Wilmoth

March 11, 2017

We are so sorry that we could not be there. I don't think I have ever met anyone that did not respect/like Earl. He had a magnetic personality that drew people to him. Each of you are being prayed for and thought about during this time.