Louis E. Hofferbert Jr.

July 4, 1927January 2, 2014

Hofferbert, Jr., Louis Eysenbach, age 86 when the angels took him home on January 2, 2014. Survived by his wife, Pearlie Gustava Hofferbert; children, Richard Eastham and wife Sue Eastham, Linda Eastham Reed and fiancé, Sam Claiborne, and Beth Atchley; sisters, Betty Webb, and Mary Marples; grandchildren and great grandchildren. Preceded in death by Ann Desgrange. He was born July 4, 1927. A lifelong resident of Knoxville he graduated from Rule High School in May 1944. Volunteered in the U.S. Navy, served in the Pacific in 1945 – 1946, attended U.T. and Maryville College, B.S. 1950. After college he volunteered again in the Navy, OCS 1951- 1952. Served in the Pacific again 1952 – 1953. After release from active duty in 1953 he attended U.T. Law School and graduated in 1956. He was in the U.S. Naval Reserve for 38 years retiring in 1984 as Captain, USNR. Louis attended all monthly and special USNR meetings and faithfully took his summer cruises every year. He went into private practice of law from 1956 – 2013. Served 8 years as Director of Law during terms of Mayor Kyle C. Testerman. While serving as Law Director, he attended the K.P.D. Academy and subsequently became a certified Tennessee law enforcement officer. Not being eligible to be a regular police officer, he joined the K.P.D. reserve and patrolled the streets of Knoxville for 5 years. Later he transferred to the Knox County Sheriff’s reserve and served as a patrol officer for another 20 years. Over the years he spent more than 20,000 hours as a volunteer reserve officer. He was a member of Northside Kiwanis Club since 1962, Chairman or Co-Chairman of two major projects (Knoxville’s Junior Miss Pageant and Annual Pancake Jamboree). Ruling Elder and Sunday School teacher in three different Presbyterian Churches, most recently West Hills, where he also served as building committee chairman during three separate projects for additions and renovations to the church. Even though his volunteerism took him away from home frequently, he and “Gus” (the name he affectionately called his wife) found time to enjoy life and each other. They traveled extensively both domestic and foreign. Among Louis’ favorite travels were his Naval Reunions aboard his favorite ship, the U.S.S. Oak Hill (LS07). The family will receive friends from 11 – 12 noon at West Hills Presbyterian Church with the funeral service to follow with Pastor John McKenzie officiating. Interment will follow in Lynnhurst Cemetery with Military Honors by the U.S. Navy. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to West Hills Presbyterian Church, 7600 Bennington Dr. Knoxville, TN 37909 or The American Heart Association, 4708 Papermill Dr., Knoxville, TN 37909. Arrangements by Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 Adair Dr. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Saturday, January 4, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 4, 2014

Louis E. Hofferbert Jr.

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kk hubbs

January 6, 2014

will miss you louie

Jeff Webb

January 5, 2014

I had the privilege of getting to know Louie as my first partner when I joined the Sheriff's Reserve. What a wonderful example he was of integrity, knowledge, and compassion. Know that this fine man enriched many, many lives (including mine) while here on earth. May the family find peace in God during this time of sadness.

January 4, 2014

I am deeply saddened by the loss of this dear friend. He was always inherently kind, always a gentleman, and came to my rescue more times than I can count. So many memories....... He and Jim became friends during years with the KPD and they remained so until Jim's death. Please know that his many friends wish his family comfort and peace. May God be with you and hold you close. Joyce Skelton

January 4, 2014

I am sorry about your loss. I will be thinking and will keep your family in my prayers. George Jones .(A model club & downtown post office.)

January 4, 2014

I first met and served with "Louie" in our US Naval Reserve in Knoxville. He was a pleasure to be around - friendly, down to earth, enjoyed a good laugh, and an all around good guy. He will be missed by many. I am so sorry for your loss. The world needs more like him.

Ron H. Rader CDR, USNR, ret
Sevierville, TN

American Heart Association

January 4, 2014

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

Mary (Ramsay) Motter

January 3, 2014

Gus, My deepest sympathy in your loss. I have many good memories of Louie during my years in Northside Kiwanis.

Danny Lyons

January 3, 2014

I got to know Louie during the Testerman years while with the city and became very fond of Louie. A sort time later I came to know his lovely wife at the R.O.D. I always enjoyed talking with Louie he was such a nice person. My prayers go out to Tavia & the family. He will be greatly missed.

January 3, 2014

Beth, This message is especially for husband Jerome and I Nancy(Gilliland) Smith send our condolences and tell you that your dad was a strong and wonderful person and a friend from our past. He will be missed but is on to a better place. Our prayers are with you..

Bill Keck

January 3, 2014

I will miss Louie's big smile and positive attitude. We have all lost a good friend.