Colonel Joseph (Joe) H. Hoffman, Jr

Colonel Joseph (Joe) H. Hoffman, Jr

Colonel Joseph (Joe) H. Hoffman, Jr. (USA, Ret’d), Grandfather, Father, Husband and friend, peacefully passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at his residence.  Joe was a 31 year veteran of the US Army.  He graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, NY in 1945.  His distinguished career as an Infantry Officer was highlighted by combat tours during the Korean conflict and the Vietnam war.  His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Silver Star,  Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal with “V” devise and 5 Oak Leaf clusters, Air Medal, Combat Infantryman’s badge 2nd award, Master Parachutist badge, Glider badge.

Prior to retirement from the Army in 1975, Joe and his family built their first home in Kitty Hawk.  An avid fisherman, Joe could be seen at every opportunity, fishing all the waters around the Outer Banks.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Patsy Blue Hoffman of Raeford, NC

He is survived by his second wife, Viva Barnes Hoffman of Conway, NC; his children, Col. Joseph H. Hoffman, III (USAF, Ret’d) of Niceville, FL, Michael Blue Hoffman of Kitty Hawk, NC and Ann T. Hoffman of Elizabeth City, NC; and two grandsons, Jesse T. Hoffman of Charlotte, NC and Michael R. Hoffman of Pensacola, FL.

Graveside services with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA, at a future date.  In lieu of flowers, Col. Hoffman requests donations be made to the Community Care Clinic of Dare, POB 1329, Nags Head, NC 27959.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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  1. Ronnie Ballance

    I found Joe to be a good man, my condolences to Blue and the entire family.
    As with most people that leave us, Joe will be missed by a lot of people.

  2. Rev. James Clark

    Joe was an excellent man and a good friend to me. I have only known him since coming to Powells Point Baptict Church, but came to know him and Viva as good friends over that shotr period of time. They came to our services as often as they could. My condolences and if I or the church family can be of any service please let us know.

  3. Charlotte and Foster Spruill

    To all the family of Joe,
    Your dad was a great man. He always showed compassion to others. He was a man of great integrity.
    And we must mention-a devoted fisherman.
    We mourn with you.
    May God watch over you and give you
    His peace.
    Foster and Charlotte Spruill
    Randy Spruill

  4. John and Judi Muir

    So sorry to hear this news. We will always remember what good friends you and Joe were to us when we lived on the outer banks. Joe was so kind to share his favorite fishing spots with John and you helped me so much at the Sea Ranch adjusting to the outer banks life. We know Joe will be missed by many and remembered always by all of us. We will keep you in our prayers.
    With love, Judi and John

  5. Randey and Donna Rich,

    Joe was the dearest man. I first met him when I was at Outer Banks, Ltd. My heart goes out to you, Blue, and all your family. The world was a better place with him in it.

  6. CC & Pam Mihovch

    Blue, Ann & rest of family–so sorry to hear of your loss. Colonel Hoffman was a
    very sweet man and I know will be missed by all. GoD Bless you all. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Leon & Dale Nester

    The picture above is how we will always remember Mr. Hoffman, with a smile on his face and a fish in his hands. He was a true gentleman. Our thoughts & prayers are with you Blue and Viva and all our family. My time heal the pain in your hearts. He will be missed by many.


    Joe and Viva Hoffman have been our close friends for many years. We have shared many a good time together.

    We will always remember Joe as one of the finest men we have ever known.

    Our love and condolences to Ms. Viva,
    and all of their family.

  9. Marlene Lange

    Blue & family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you. If I can help you in anyway,… I have your back. I know & feel your pain. God Bless You All.

  10. Bill & Dawn Cogger

    Blue and Family, Our heart felt condolences go out you and the the family of Col. Hoffman. I sure he will be missed by all.

  11. howard a. helwig

    we express our deepest sympathy over your loss of your very special dad god bless you all,ann and howard helwig.

  12. Bobby Capel

    Blue and Family, I am so sorry that you have suffered this great loss. The Colonel was a kind man who always put others first and we will miss him more than any of us can express. If I can do anything for you during this difficult time, do not hesitate to call.

  13. Janet Sturm

    Joe was a wonderful man and neighbor to Tom and I during the last 16 years we lived beside him. May God bless his family and friends in this time of sorrow.

  14. Elizabeth Small-Swindell

    Blue and Viva, I’m truly sorry to hear that Joe has passed. He was a wonderful father and husband to his family. He was always so kind to me. I’ll always remember all the fishing trips taken with you all with fondness.
    Prayers for you all during this time of sorrow.


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