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Charles William Hoffmeyer Jr.
May 24, 1952 ~ January 18, 2024 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Charles William Hoffmeyer, Jr., born May 24th, 1952, died early Thursday morning, January 18th, 2024, of complications related to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
He is survived by his children Jeff (wife Shonda), Allen (wife Jamie), and Blake; his grandson Oliver; and his brother Don and sister Darien Dooley. He was preceded in death by his loving parents Betty and Bill Hoffmeyer.
Charles was born in Columbus, Georgia, and in 1954 moved into the house on Alverado Way in Decatur, Georgia, where both his parents would end their days. He attended Towers High School where he had many wonderful friends, competed on the rifle team, and was a manager for the football team; he graduated in 1970.
Charles was a homebuilder and general contractor for most of his professional life. Through his company, Hoffmeyer Construction Company, he had a talent for crafting gorgeous homes for people who often thereafter came to be his personal friends. He viewed his craft as his way to connect with the world and literally create a more loving space for others to live.
He finished out his professional career working as a building inspector for Gwinnett County. When he retired, he got to finally live his dream as a greeter at Bass Pro Shop where he could spend all day around the kinds of boats, fishing equipment, and hunting gear that he loved throughout his life. He also served in his self-appointed role of informal Quality Control Specialist for Costco Wholesale, much to the chagrin of hairnetted sample people everywhere.
He craved the beach and the ocean, enjoying cruises and vacations with the people he loved, and taking special trips to Lake Lanier with his family. If there was barbecue available, Charles would be the first to sign up—but he’d always make sure you had your plate before he got his.
His favorite thing to do was have his family over to his house to simply be: watching movies, spending holidays, getting in the hot tub, and grilling out. When his family expanded to include his grandson Oliver—the brightest star in his life—he threw himself into the joys of grandfatherhood.
Although not a musician himself, he still loved music, awesome bands, and cool instruments. He channeled this for each one of his children, vigorously acquiring amazing equipment, lugging it around to different shows and different churches, and recording hours of footage of his kids’ performances at everything from churches, to school auditoria, to dinghy punk rock clubs and college bars. He was forever insistent that others hear his kids play.
We, his children, belabor this point now because he put in the work back then. He proudly called himself the family roadie. We couldn’t have done the musical things we have without his tireless love.
He will be interred at Honey Creek Woodlands in Conyers, Ga. Services will be held Friday, January 26th, 2024 at 3pm. Find directions here. Please dress comfortably. The entire
service will be outdoors, regardless of weather. Wear shoes you would wear for a light hike, clothing that will withstand walking in the woods, and please dress warmly. Charles never wanted things to be too fancy, so we’re respecting his memory by dressing comfortably! Due to capacity limits at the Honey Creek Woodlands chapel, there will be seating for 60, so you may want to plan accordingly and bring a chair or some other support.
If you or someone you know is suffering from dementia, or caring for someone suffering from dementia, you can find resources from Hilarity for Charity. If you feel led to give to them in his name, we encourage you to do so.