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David Hocker

David Hocker

Tuesday, August 2nd, 1955 Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

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Obituary for David Ralph Hocker

David Ralph Hocker, 65, of Simpsonville, SC went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 22, 2020. Born in Philadelphia, PA on August 2, 1955, he was the son of the late Robert William Hocker and Mary Jane (Campbell) Hocker.

Dave is survived by his wife of 43 years, Judith A. Hocker and his children Joshua D. Hocker (Jen), and Joel A. Hocker; four grandchildren, Joey Macklin , Preston Macklin, Jack Hocker, and Avery Hocker; his siblings, Dennis G. Hocker (Lynn) of West Wildwood, NJ, Susan H. Hartel (Edward) of Lititz, PA, William R. Hocker (Laura) Avondale, PA, Nancy H. Plank (Late George) of Springfield, PA, and Amy H. Giulian (Karl) of Stone Harbor, NJ; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Dave is preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Helen Macklin-Hocker.

He was a 1973 graduate of Ridley High School, Folsom, PA, and then earned his BSBA degree from Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA in 1978.

Dave will be remembered first and foremost for his strong Christian faith and deep love for his family and friends. He was a true servant leader in life and in the Human Resources profession. Throughout his professional career, Dave earnestly cared for all his work families most recently here in SC, Bi-LO, C&S and Champion Aerospace. Soon to retire, he looked forward to and was passionate about new ministry opportunities to serve his church and the community at large.

He loved the game of golf, life in the South and most of all making memories with his family, especially his grandchildren. Dave's quick wit and sense of humor brought much fun and laughter to others. He had a profound effect on all those who knew him.

The family will host a Celebration of Life Service in the North Auditorium of First Baptist Church Simpsonville at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 12, 2020, 3 Hedge Street, Simpsonville, SC 29681. There will be no formal visitation, however, the family will be available after the service using social distancing guidelines. Masks are encouraged.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Simpsonville, or Habitat for Humanity.

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Judy Gilstrap

Dave was a wonderful friend and co-worker. He was a caring person, with his ready smile, words of encouragement, and positive attitude, it showed. It always brighten my day when he stopped by to say hello. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. My condolences to the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Comment | Posted at 07:07pm via Condolence
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Rae Gillespie

Dave hired me onto the Champion team. I always looked forward to Monday mornings to hear about his weekend golf. I will miss his personality. May God surround Dave's family and friends with Peace and Love during this time.
Sincerely
Rae Gillespie
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Sandy

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. This post is from my Sister, Judy Gilstrap.
Dave was a wonderful friend and co-worker. He was a caring person, with his ready smile, words of encouragement, and positive attitude, it showed. It always brighten my day when he stopped by the say hello. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. My condolences to the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Comment | Posted at 04:24pm via Condolence
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Aspasia Kalapothakos

Dave hired me many years ago at C&S Wholesale Grocers. We worked together for a few years, and he made such an impact on my career and development. I remember him helping me understand servant leadership, and the many chats we had about family and life. Although it has been many years since we last spoke, I always think of him when I help a new leader grow through servant leadership. A man of great faith, and love for his family, which included his work family. My heartfelt prayers go out to his family as they grieve. His memory will be eternal.
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David

The better I got to know Dave, the more I respected, admired and loved him. As we worked together on a couple of different teams at church over the years, he impacted me in ways that probably no one else would have been able to do. Dave was a great source of wisdom and encouragement. He modeled for me real caring and compassion along with genuine humility and a true serving leader’s heart. I always found it ironic that Dave described himself as being “a little sarcastic” while all who knew him found him full of kindness with a wonderfully endearing dry wit. I know that he was loved by many and will be deeply missed. He certainly was one of God’s wonderful blessings on me and I can’t wait to tell him so, again, when I see him next in Heaven. Our family's prayers are for peace for Judy and the family.
David Hughey
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