Hoback, James William "Bill", Sr.

Held Long Career At Chattanooga News-Free Press

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
James William Hoback, Sr.
James William Hoback, Sr.

James William “Bill” Hoback, Sr., of Chattanooga, died on Tuesday, January 15, 2013.  He was 96.

Bill was born in Athens, Tn., and relocated to Chattanooga at an early age with his mother, Frances R. Hoback after his father died prematurely.  He was raised in Chattanooga during the Depression and graduated from City High School before enlisting in the U.S. Army during World War II. 

He served in the 1st Infantry and the 16th Armored Division where he achieved the rank of Master Sergeant.  After the war, he attended Shrivenham University in England before returning to Chattanooga to start a family with his wife, Laura.

Employed by the Chattanooga News-Free Press, he began his work as a paperboy, rose to Circulation manager, and finally to advertising director and secretary of the company before his retirement.

Bill was Chattanooga “Young Man of the Year” in 1950, and served as director of the local YMCA 1957-1966 and as Lt. Governor of Civitan, International in 1964 – 1965.  Later in life, he was president of both Senior Neighbors and the Chattanooga Half-Century Club. 

But he is perhaps most remembered for his faith – personifying what it means to be a Christian to all he ever encountered.  He taught Sunday School for over 70 years – initially at Central Baptist Church on McCallie Avenue, at Woodmore and most recently at the First Baptist Church where his class was and is still named “The Hoback Class”.  He also devoted much of his time to speaking for the Gideons – having been one of the founders of the local Gideon Camp in Chattanooga and serving as president of Tennessee Gideons International.  Lay people and pastors sought his spiritual advice, and his knowledge of the Bible was unsurpassed. 

His death is a great loss to his family and to Chattanooga. 

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Laura Robinson Hoback;

Bill is survived by his wife, Alma S. Hoback; his son, James W. Hoback, Jr. MD, his daughter-in-law, Debra B. Hoback and his grandchildren, Benjamin W. Hoback, Elizabeth A. Hoback, and Jennifer L. Hoback. 

The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the North Chapel and 1-2 p.m. on Sunday at First Baptist Church of Chattanooga, 401 Gateway Ave., Chattanooga, Tn. 37402. 

Services for Bill will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, at First Baptist Church of Chattanooga, with Dr. Thomas Quisenberry officiating.  Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Hoback Sunday School Class.  Burial will follow in Chattanooga Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Chattanooga, 401 Gateway Ave., Chattanooga, Tn. 37402 or Gideons International, 50 Century Blvd., Nashville, Tn. 37214, 615 564-5000. 

 

Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson.  Please share your thoughts and memories at www.chattanooganorthchapel.com  


LaPaglia, Vanessa Marie

Vanessa Marie LaPaglia, 41, of Chattanooga, TN, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.  Vanessa was born on August 23, 1972 in Memphis, TN.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Will Mack, USN.   Vanessa is survived by her parents, Gerald and Susan Mack of South Pittsburg; her grandparents, Bill and Marie Steelman of Nashville; ... (click for more)

Bost, Brenda L.

Brenda L. Bost, 67, of East Ridge, Tennessee, died on Friday morning, April 18, 2014, surrounded by her family.  She was a member of Shield Baptist Church, Chickamauga. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jeff Vinson Bost and Katie Wahlena (Brown) Bost. Brenda is survived by daughter, Kim (Chip) Carter, son, Jerry (Summer) Garrison; grandchildren, Andy and ... (click for more)

Hill, Lillie Mae Braziel (Dalton)

Lillie Mae Braziel Hill, 81, of Dalton, GA and formerly of Cedartown, GA, passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014.   She was the daughter of the late  Mabel and Lessie Braziel, Sr.; and was also preceded in death by her husband, William Hill; and brother, Lessie Braziel, Jr. She was a retired nurse from Floyd Medical Center. Survivors are her sister, Willie ... (click for more)

Bailey, Margaret Virginia "Mawmaw" Cline (Dalton)

Margaret Virginia “Mawmaw” Cline Bailey, 89, of Dalton, GA, died on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Ridgewood Manor Health Care.  She was born on November 14, 1924 in Murray County, GA, a daughter of the late Richard Frank and Mary Grace Dyer Brackett.  She was preceded in death by her husbands, Cullen M. Cline and Oscar Bailey; son, David Cline; brothers, Eugene Brackett, ... (click for more)

Bus Driver Will Not Face Charges In Tragic Bus Accident

Sergeant Tommy Sturdivan announced in a Friday afternoon press conference that the investigation into the death of six-year-old Zackery Bryant at Chattanooga Valley Elementary has been officially declared complete and that there will be no criminal charges. Zackery died tragically on Monday morning after being hit by a school bus after stepping off. According to Sgt. Sturdivan, ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy May Begin Effort To Allow Wine In Grocery Stores; Concussion Forms Required For Sporting Events; WWTA Chided For Causing Potholes

The Soddy Daisy Commission is considering taking steps to allow wine in grocery stores now that Tennessee lawmakers have voted to lift restrictions. To have the law appear on the next ballot for a vote, Mayor Janice Cagle said a petition with an amount of signatures totaling 10 percent of the number of voters in the last general election will have to be collected. Commissioner ... (click for more)