William (Bill) Martin Hoffman


William (Bill) Martin Hoffman died peacefully at home on Dec. 2, 2021, at the age of 98.

Bill was born in March of 1923. He graduated from Philippi High School in May of 1940. He married Marvella Dawson in July of 1942.

Bill was drafted into the United States Army to serve his country during World War II, and left for boot camp on his 19th birthday. He joined the 405th Armored Field Artillery Battalion which was part of the famous 8th Armored Division. He served as a front forward observer during that time, and was injured just outside of Berlin, Germany. For his service, he received the Purple Heart and combat service ribbons and stars.

After World War II, he had a successful career of 50 plus years as a master pipefitter and electrician. He received his 65 years of service award from his union in January 2020. He worked many jobs including the Dupont plant in West Virginia, the nuclear power plant known as the Savanah Georgian project in South Carolina, the California housing boom of 1950s through the 1970s, and many other projects across the United States.

Bill was devoted to his faith and helped to build and establish three Southern Baptist Churches. One in South Carolina, one in southern California and the last one in West Virginia, the Philippi Southern Baptist Church. He was a Deacon to all three churches. He was also supportive in helping other churches to get started, as well as helping those in the mission field.

He enjoyed raising cattle, farming, watching western movies, listening to country music, trout fishing, hunting and reading. He believed that family, friends and community is a great gift that needs to be nurtured with love, given supportive compassion, listened to with an open mind, and cultivated with gentle teaching. He practiced his heart values daily the best he could and tried to be a better person each and every day.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Marvella. He was the son of Emma Reed Hoffman Lower and William Martin Hoffman Sr. and brother to his only sibling, Beatrice Boyles Sinnett.

Bill had three children, one daughter, Diana Sue Hoffman Bruttsman of Nellas Nursing Home; son, James Alvin Hoffman, deceased, and son, Julian Paul “Jody” Hoffman, deceased.

Surviving are: DeNee LePage, the daughter of Diana, whom Bill and Marvella raised. Her children, son, James Liston, his wife, Carrie, and their daughters, Emma Jane, Tesla and Corrina; son, William Wright and his partner, Amy, and their daughters, Daisy, Violet and William; daughter, Rebecca Wright Gillis and her husband, Tyler, and their son, Martin; daughter-in-law, Betty Hoffman, wife to Jody, and their children, daughter, Alethea Hoffman, her daughter, Kendyl, and son, James; daughter Lisa Hoffman and her partner, Lia; daughter Brandy Hoffman, and her children, Broghan and her husband, Jonathan; Erica and her husband, Caleb; Gretta, Miriam and Quentin.

Bill had great love for and mentored many extended family members and friends, Patty Baily and family, Phil and Joy Reed and Ray Jacobs to mention a few.

Family would like to thank those who compassionately care for him in the last year of his life, Kay Burner, Debbie Dotson, Tim Smith, and Rikki Skidmore.

Friends will be received at Wright Funeral Home and Crematory 220 N. Walnut St. Philippi on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 1-2 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. with Pastor Jim Strawderman officiating. Entombment will follow in the Bryan Memorial Mausoleum with military honors being accorded.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at ww.wrightfuneralhomeservices.com.