Ralph William "Bill" Hoffman passed away in his Covington home, September 30, 2014, at the age of 90. Mr. Hoffman was a member and former deacon of the First Baptist Church, in Covington, where he also served as past chairman of the Board, Sunday School teacher and superintendent of the Intermediate Department. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corp during World War II. In addition to his service to his country, he supported his local community in various roles including: board member at Newton General Hospital for ten years, chairman of the Newton-Rockdale District Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America, senior vice commander of the American Legion Post 32, past president of the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce and treasurer of the Rotary Club before being elected president in February 1962. Mr. Hoffman was a founding member of the First National Bank of Newton County where he served 15 years as president. Additionally, he was a member of the Covington Elks Lodge # 1806. He and his wife, Betty Jean, operated the local radio station WGFS for 25 years. Mr. Hoffman was a certified master electrician for both commercial and residential buildings. He enjoyed going to Waffle House, cutting his grass and traveling – especially his annual snow skiing trips with his family. Mr. Hoffman was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. He was loved and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and the entire community. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean (Vaughan) Hoffman; and his parents, Ralph William and Emily (Guild) Hoffman, Sr.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Steve Temples of Covington; son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Kendall Hoffman of Chelsea, AL; grandchildren, Heather and Chris Day of Monroe, Krista and Matt Holbrook of Monticello, Jake Hoffman, Cade Hoffman, both of Auburn, AL; great-grandchildren, Harli Hipps, Mason Day; brother and sister-in-law, Henry and Ann Hoffman of Decatur, AL; sister-in-law, Marie Hoffman of Melbourne, FL; his longtime friend and companion, Ann Hodges; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A Graveside Service for Mr. Hoffman will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014, 11:00 AM, at Lawnwood Memorial Park, 1111 Access Road, in Covington, with Rev. Jack Wilson officiating. The family will receive friends at the First Baptist Church, in Covington, Wednesday, October 1, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Flowers are accepted, or donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605; or the Debt Retirement Fund @ First Baptist Church, 1139 Usher Street NE, Covington, GA 30014.