John Leslie Hoffman, Jr.
April 18, 1944 -
March 25, 2018

Visitation

March 30, 2018
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Service 

March 31, 2018
11:00 AM

Interment

Obituary

Funeral service for Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) John Leslie Hoffman, Jr., age 73, of Fayetteville, TN, will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Higgins Funeral Home with Dr. Ronnie Gay and Rev. William Slade officiating. Burial will follow in the Prospect Cemetery.

John was born on April 18, 1944 in Butler County, MO to the late John Leslie, Sr. and Wanda Reynolds Hoffman. He was a member of Gideons International and a past president of Fayetteville Lions Club. He served in the United States Army for 30 years and was a member of the Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame. Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) Hoffman passed away on March 25, 2018 at Huntsville Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Dale Bomar Hoffman; daughter, Lira Frye of Fayetteville, TN; sons, Eric (Amybeth) Hoffman of Madison, AL and Jonathan Mark (Cortney) Hoffman of Fayetteville, TN; grandchildren, Thomas Frye, Leslie Frye, Jacob Hoffman, Anna Hoffman, Chloe Puhalovic, Mason Puhalovic, Tucker Hoffman, and Bentleigh Hoffman.

Visitation with the family will be held at 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Friday, March 30, 2018 at Higgins Funeral Home. Higgins is honored to be serving the family of Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) Hoffman.

Video Services

31 Comments

  1. Jack Darkes

    So much of what I learned as an NCO has remained a part of me many ears later. I owe much of that to Jack’s leadership.

    RIP Jack. I would have liked to have a chance to talk all these years later.

    Reply
  2. CSM(R) Charlie Miller

    Marge and family,
    So sorry to hear about Jack please accept our condolences. My pray is that we hold on to the good times we shared and God will ease the pain of losing him but we will never forget Jack.
    Blessings
    Charlie and Ann Miller

    Reply
  3. LINDA S. MAY

    Lira, so sorry for the loss of your father. My God’s grace and mercy be with you and your family .
    God bless

    Reply
  4. Elaine Vincent Williamson

    As they prepare to say goodbye to my sweet uncle I can’t help but reflect on what a positive impact you’ve had on this world. I have nothing but love in my heart for you and your family.

    Reply
  5. SGM (ret) Ralph Vickery

    Jack, you will be missed. I had the pleasure of serving with Jack for several years at Redstone Arsenal. I hope that this message from Charles Spurgeon will bring some peace and comfort to the family in this time of great sorrow sorrow.
    “That through death he might destroy him that had the power of death.”
    Hebrews 2:14 KJV
    O child of God, death hath lost its sting, because the devil’s power over it is destroyed. Then cease to fear dying. Ask grace from God the Holy Ghost, that by an intimate knowledge and a firm belief of thy Redeemer’s death, thou mayst be strengthened for that dread hour. Living near the cross of Calvary thou mayst think of death with pleasure and welcome it when it comes with intense delight. It is sweet to die in the Lord: it is a covenant-blessing to sleep in Jesus. Death is no longer banishment, it is a return from exile, a going home to the many mansions where the loved ones already dwell. The distance between glorified spirits in heaven and militant saints on earth seems great; but it is not so. We are not far from home–a moment will bring us there. The sail is spread; the soul is launched upon the deep. How long will be its voyage? How many wearying winds must beat upon the sail ere it shall be reefed in the port of peace? How long that soul shall be tossed upon the waves before it comes to that sea which knows no storm? Listen to the answer, “Absent from the body, present with the Lord.” Yon ship has just departed, but it is already at its haven. It did but spread its sail and it was there. Like that ship of old, upon the Lake of Galilee, a storm had tossed it, but Jesus said, “Peace, be still,” and immediately it came to land. Think not that a long period intervenes between the instant of death and the eternity of glory. When the eyes close on earth they open in heaven. The horses of fire are not an instant on the road. Then, O child of God, what is there for thee to fear in death, seeing that through the death of thy Lord its curse and sting are destroyed? And now it is but a Jacob’s ladder whose foot is in the dark grave, but its top reaches to glory everlasting.
    CHARLES SPURGEON’S MORNING AND EVENING

    Reply
  6. Randy & Debra Putman

    May The Supreme Being, The Great Architect of the Universe bring peace and comfort to the family during this time of distress. Jack my friend, the world is a lesser place with your passing. We Love You Man!

    Reply
  7. Patti Powell

    Dear Marge and Family,
    I was so very sorry to hear the sad news about Jack’s passing. He was a wonderful person and soldier who will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is now in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior. Know that your are in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you.

    Reply
  8. Shelbi Lowe

    It was an honor to have know such a great spirit, fabulous sense of humor. RIP my friend.

    Reply
  9. Marc and Donata Spencer

    We are so saddened to learn of CSM(R) Hoffman’s passing. We still reflect fondly on our interactions with him when I was assigned to the 59th Ord Bde. Seems like just yesterday. Our sincerest sympathy to all of you.

    Reply
  10. Bill Stirling

    Jack was the Command Sergeant Major of the US Army Ordnance Missile & Munitions Center & School during my tenure as Commandant in the early 90’s. He was a great leader, mentor, and soldier. I relied heavily on his sage advice.

    Reply
  11. Tom and Diana Hooper

    We are so sorry for your loss. Jack was a special person who will be greatly missed. He touched many lives in a positive way, including ours! A great soldier and a better friend — the model for what a Command Sergeant Major should be.

    Reply
  12. Cecil Longino

    Lira,
    So sorry about the loss of your father. He was a good man who left behind very good children who are a testament to a strong and loving family life.

    Reply
  13. Paul & Judy Carter

    Marge, Judy and I are so sorry to hear the news. Jack was a good man and I remember working for him at the school house, Our prayers to you and the family. Paul

    Reply
  14. Anner G. Lynch

    Ms.Frye, so sorry to hear about your father passing. Heaven is rejoicing! Please know that we are praying for u and your family and that God will bring Comfort doing this trying time.

    Reply
  15. Susan Leasher

    Marjorie and family…I’m so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing Sunday, Jerry Gillian called to inform me. Jack will be sorely missed, he was a good man that helped out many a Soldier…I was one of them. Jack always had time to chat and give that impish grin. My sincere condolences….?

    Reply
  16. Scott D. Love

    One of the finest gentlemen I ever met. Uncle Jack (through marriage) I salute you and wish you peace!

    Reply
  17. Billy and Cindy Langford

    Marjorie, Mark and family, praying for God’s comfort at this time – have a lot of good memories of Mark and Zach and your family

    Reply
  18. Butch Weadock

    Margie, so shocked to hear of Jack’s passing. Prayers going out to you and yours. RIP Jack.

    Reply
  19. Judith Short

    Marj and family, Jack took his place in this life and he played his role with courage, responsibility, kindness and love. I know he will be terribly missed by you, his family and friends.

    Reply
  20. Diane Jernigan

    Margie and Family.
    I am very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing yesterday but so very glad to know he is with our sweet Jesus. Please know that you have been constantly in my thoughts and if I can’t give you a hug in person, here is my BIG virtual hug from Colorado. Love you. Diane.

    Reply
  21. CSM(R) Willie J. Pullom

    To the Hoffman Family,

    The Redstone Arsenal Sergeants Major Association will like to give our deepest sympathies for the lost of your love one. I served under “Jack” as a young Staff Sergeant in the 59th Ordnance Brigade. CSM (R) Hoffman was a great leader and Soldier. He will be truly missed, but never forgotten. “Once A Soldier Always A Soldier”. “Good Soldiers Never Die, They Just Fade Away”.

    v/r
    CSM(R) Willie J. Pullom
    V.P., Redstone Arsenal Sergeants Major Association.

    Reply
  22. Phil and Mil White

    Marge, Phil and I were so sad to hear of Jack’s passing. Phil said he thought highly of Jack. You are in our prayers my Friend.

    Reply
  23. Lynda Lamitie LTC (R)

    Few men can say they served the military for thirty (30) years and a select few earn the rank of Command Sergeant Major. John Hoffman did. He was a proven leader amongst the ranks of the Ordnance Corps. I just want to say thank you to Command Sergeant Major Hoffman and express my deepest sympathies to his family.

    Reply
  24. Col (R) Gary & Joann Andrew

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. CSM Hoffman was an outstanding soldier and a great friend and co-worker!

    Reply
  25. Bettye Quick

    Mark, so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Our prayers are with you and your family..
    Bettye and Eulus Quick

    Reply
  26. Robin Hester

    Marj – I am so very sorry for your loss. I know you will miss him terribly. He was warm, funny, and one of the nicest men I’ve ever met. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you.

    Reply
  27. Pat & Nancy

    Marge & family- deepest sympathy for your loss. Jack was truly one of the good guys and he’ll be missed. He was a great model and mentor for so many.

    Reply
  28. Karen Browning

    Marge and family I am so very sorry for your loss. I know he’s safe in the arms of our Lord Jesus. My heart and prayers are with you.

    Reply
  29. Floyd pirtle

    So very sorry . Jack was a good man.

    Reply
  30. Janet Wallace Woods

    Marjorie I am so sorry for your loss. I know he will be missed by all, especially the grands. I am praying for you all. Love you!

    Reply
  31. Allison Edwards Greene

    Marjorie and Family: Our deepest sympathies to you all. He will be greatly missed.

    Reply

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Memories

31 Comments

  1. Jack Darkes

    So much of what I learned as an NCO has remained a part of me many ears later. I owe much of that to Jack’s leadership.

    RIP Jack. I would have liked to have a chance to talk all these years later.

    Reply
  2. CSM(R) Charlie Miller

    Marge and family,
    So sorry to hear about Jack please accept our condolences. My pray is that we hold on to the good times we shared and God will ease the pain of losing him but we will never forget Jack.
    Blessings
    Charlie and Ann Miller

    Reply
  3. LINDA S. MAY

    Lira, so sorry for the loss of your father. My God’s grace and mercy be with you and your family .
    God bless

    Reply
  4. Elaine Vincent Williamson

    As they prepare to say goodbye to my sweet uncle I can’t help but reflect on what a positive impact you’ve had on this world. I have nothing but love in my heart for you and your family.

    Reply
  5. SGM (ret) Ralph Vickery

    Jack, you will be missed. I had the pleasure of serving with Jack for several years at Redstone Arsenal. I hope that this message from Charles Spurgeon will bring some peace and comfort to the family in this time of great sorrow sorrow.
    “That through death he might destroy him that had the power of death.”
    Hebrews 2:14 KJV
    O child of God, death hath lost its sting, because the devil’s power over it is destroyed. Then cease to fear dying. Ask grace from God the Holy Ghost, that by an intimate knowledge and a firm belief of thy Redeemer’s death, thou mayst be strengthened for that dread hour. Living near the cross of Calvary thou mayst think of death with pleasure and welcome it when it comes with intense delight. It is sweet to die in the Lord: it is a covenant-blessing to sleep in Jesus. Death is no longer banishment, it is a return from exile, a going home to the many mansions where the loved ones already dwell. The distance between glorified spirits in heaven and militant saints on earth seems great; but it is not so. We are not far from home–a moment will bring us there. The sail is spread; the soul is launched upon the deep. How long will be its voyage? How many wearying winds must beat upon the sail ere it shall be reefed in the port of peace? How long that soul shall be tossed upon the waves before it comes to that sea which knows no storm? Listen to the answer, “Absent from the body, present with the Lord.” Yon ship has just departed, but it is already at its haven. It did but spread its sail and it was there. Like that ship of old, upon the Lake of Galilee, a storm had tossed it, but Jesus said, “Peace, be still,” and immediately it came to land. Think not that a long period intervenes between the instant of death and the eternity of glory. When the eyes close on earth they open in heaven. The horses of fire are not an instant on the road. Then, O child of God, what is there for thee to fear in death, seeing that through the death of thy Lord its curse and sting are destroyed? And now it is but a Jacob’s ladder whose foot is in the dark grave, but its top reaches to glory everlasting.
    CHARLES SPURGEON’S MORNING AND EVENING

    Reply
  6. Randy & Debra Putman

    May The Supreme Being, The Great Architect of the Universe bring peace and comfort to the family during this time of distress. Jack my friend, the world is a lesser place with your passing. We Love You Man!

    Reply
  7. Patti Powell

    Dear Marge and Family,
    I was so very sorry to hear the sad news about Jack’s passing. He was a wonderful person and soldier who will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is now in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior. Know that your are in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you.

    Reply
  8. Shelbi Lowe

    It was an honor to have know such a great spirit, fabulous sense of humor. RIP my friend.

    Reply
  9. Marc and Donata Spencer

    We are so saddened to learn of CSM(R) Hoffman’s passing. We still reflect fondly on our interactions with him when I was assigned to the 59th Ord Bde. Seems like just yesterday. Our sincerest sympathy to all of you.

    Reply
  10. Bill Stirling

    Jack was the Command Sergeant Major of the US Army Ordnance Missile & Munitions Center & School during my tenure as Commandant in the early 90’s. He was a great leader, mentor, and soldier. I relied heavily on his sage advice.

    Reply
  11. Tom and Diana Hooper

    We are so sorry for your loss. Jack was a special person who will be greatly missed. He touched many lives in a positive way, including ours! A great soldier and a better friend — the model for what a Command Sergeant Major should be.

    Reply
  12. Cecil Longino

    Lira,
    So sorry about the loss of your father. He was a good man who left behind very good children who are a testament to a strong and loving family life.

    Reply
  13. Paul & Judy Carter

    Marge, Judy and I are so sorry to hear the news. Jack was a good man and I remember working for him at the school house, Our prayers to you and the family. Paul

    Reply
  14. Anner G. Lynch

    Ms.Frye, so sorry to hear about your father passing. Heaven is rejoicing! Please know that we are praying for u and your family and that God will bring Comfort doing this trying time.

    Reply
  15. Susan Leasher

    Marjorie and family…I’m so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing Sunday, Jerry Gillian called to inform me. Jack will be sorely missed, he was a good man that helped out many a Soldier…I was one of them. Jack always had time to chat and give that impish grin. My sincere condolences….?

    Reply
  16. Scott D. Love

    One of the finest gentlemen I ever met. Uncle Jack (through marriage) I salute you and wish you peace!

    Reply
  17. Billy and Cindy Langford

    Marjorie, Mark and family, praying for God’s comfort at this time – have a lot of good memories of Mark and Zach and your family

    Reply
  18. Butch Weadock

    Margie, so shocked to hear of Jack’s passing. Prayers going out to you and yours. RIP Jack.

    Reply
  19. Judith Short

    Marj and family, Jack took his place in this life and he played his role with courage, responsibility, kindness and love. I know he will be terribly missed by you, his family and friends.

    Reply
  20. Diane Jernigan

    Margie and Family.
    I am very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing yesterday but so very glad to know he is with our sweet Jesus. Please know that you have been constantly in my thoughts and if I can’t give you a hug in person, here is my BIG virtual hug from Colorado. Love you. Diane.

    Reply
  21. CSM(R) Willie J. Pullom

    To the Hoffman Family,

    The Redstone Arsenal Sergeants Major Association will like to give our deepest sympathies for the lost of your love one. I served under “Jack” as a young Staff Sergeant in the 59th Ordnance Brigade. CSM (R) Hoffman was a great leader and Soldier. He will be truly missed, but never forgotten. “Once A Soldier Always A Soldier”. “Good Soldiers Never Die, They Just Fade Away”.

    v/r
    CSM(R) Willie J. Pullom
    V.P., Redstone Arsenal Sergeants Major Association.

    Reply
  22. Phil and Mil White

    Marge, Phil and I were so sad to hear of Jack’s passing. Phil said he thought highly of Jack. You are in our prayers my Friend.

    Reply
  23. Lynda Lamitie LTC (R)

    Few men can say they served the military for thirty (30) years and a select few earn the rank of Command Sergeant Major. John Hoffman did. He was a proven leader amongst the ranks of the Ordnance Corps. I just want to say thank you to Command Sergeant Major Hoffman and express my deepest sympathies to his family.

    Reply
  24. Col (R) Gary & Joann Andrew

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. CSM Hoffman was an outstanding soldier and a great friend and co-worker!

    Reply
  25. Bettye Quick

    Mark, so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Our prayers are with you and your family..
    Bettye and Eulus Quick

    Reply
  26. Robin Hester

    Marj – I am so very sorry for your loss. I know you will miss him terribly. He was warm, funny, and one of the nicest men I’ve ever met. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you.

    Reply
  27. Pat & Nancy

    Marge & family- deepest sympathy for your loss. Jack was truly one of the good guys and he’ll be missed. He was a great model and mentor for so many.

    Reply
  28. Karen Browning

    Marge and family I am so very sorry for your loss. I know he’s safe in the arms of our Lord Jesus. My heart and prayers are with you.

    Reply
  29. Floyd pirtle

    So very sorry . Jack was a good man.

    Reply
  30. Janet Wallace Woods

    Marjorie I am so sorry for your loss. I know he will be missed by all, especially the grands. I am praying for you all. Love you!

    Reply
  31. Allison Edwards Greene

    Marjorie and Family: Our deepest sympathies to you all. He will be greatly missed.

    Reply

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