James Robert Hoffer
James Robert Hoffer—brother, father, grandfather, missionary, pastor, and friend—passed away November 16, 2022, in Calhoun, Georgia. Cancer took his body quietly and quickly. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Vera Hoffer, and one brother, William (Bill). He is survived by his wife, Ruth Wright Hoffer, two siblings, Alice Hoffer Sinyard (Mike), Dennis Hoffer (Lorie), and his four children: Barbara Battle (Michael), Tamara Hoffer, Michele Pokuta (Joseph) and Richard Hoffer (Kelly). Also surviving are two stepchildren, Kenneth Wright and Sharon Wright Stromberg (Chris); eight grandchildren: Sofia, Natalie and Dimitri Battle, Joseph and Jennifer Pokuta, and Samantha, Madeline and Ruthann Hoffer; several nieces and nephews, and many friends, both in the United States and abroad.
For the past five years, until their recent move to Georgia, Hoffer was an active member of the Berkeley Springs Seventh-day Adventist Church. He had previously pastored the Hagerstown, Md., Adventist Church for seven years and later served as interim pastor at the Williamsport, Md., Adventist Church. He was a fisher of men, a preacher for Jesus, a linguist, musician, amateur radio enthusiast, author, editor, and golfer. He made God first in his life and went wherever God led him.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Berkeley Springs Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3606 Valley Road, on Saturday, December 10, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the PruittHealth Hospice, 197 Curtis Parkway NE, Calhoun, GA 30701.