Services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at White-Ranson Funeral Home, with Dr. Bobby Williams and the Rev. Darrell Hoffman officiating.
Burial followed at Old Republican Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Charles Miller, Keith Osment, Danny Presley, Charles Vaughn, Matthew Hoffman and Trent Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers were Ronny Yoes, Ray Tolley, Dennis Buckelew and James Williams.
She was born Aug. 24, 1936, in Obion County, daughter of the late L.J. and Pauline (Vinson) Ransom. She married Bobby Hoffman May 29, 1954. He died Oct. 6, 2011. She was a retired paraprofessional for Lake Road Elementary and was a former employee of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City and the former Obion County General Hospital.
She is survived by her daughter, Cindy Hoffman of Greenville, N.C.; her son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Belinda Hoffman of Troy; two grandsons, Mason Hoffman and Cheston Hoffman, both of Troy; her brother, J.A. Ransom of Union City; her sister-in-law, Gloria Ransom of Union City; several nieces and nephews; and long-time family friend, Cyn Branson of Greenville, N.C.
She was also preceded in death by her brother, Donald Ray Ransom.
Growing up, Margaret Hoffman excelled in basketball, becoming the top scoring forward in the state of Tennessee. Her long arms and legs served her well as she played for Dixie School with grace and precision. Her love for basketball was truly everlasting as she loved and supported the girls basketball teams at Lake Road Elementary. She would follow her Lake Road basketball players to the Obion County Central High School teams while continuing to go to the elementary school games, as well. She loved and supported the girls basketball teams and as long as she could, proved to be the most loyal fan and quite possibly, also the loudest!
Margaret served as a Paraprofessional/Teachers Aide at Lake Road School in Union City. She touched the lives of thousands of students, many of whom speak of special personal moments to this day. Students with a need, be it clothing, food, quarters for the “book fair” or simply a big hug could always rely on “Miss Margaret” to go that extra mile for them.
Another very important part of Mrs. Hoffman’s life was music. She had a powerful gift of playing piano by ear and singing gospel music. She instilled her love of music in her children and also shared it with thousands of people over the years. She and her children sang together and were invited to sing at many churches and special religious events.
Margaret’s other roles in life were wife, mom, nana, auntie, sister, mother-in-law and sister-in-law, with the strongest of these being wife. After sitting together in church from the age of 12, Margaret married the boy of her dreams … Bobby Hoffman. They were married for 57 years and served as strong examples of what it means to survive adversities, grief, and loss. Their marriage was strengthened by their love for each other and God’s presence in their lives and their home.
Of course, while being a mom was so very important to her, being “Nana” to her adored grandsons, Mason and Cheston, was a role that meant the world to her.
Special acknowledgment is given to Belinda Hoffman, Margaret’s daughter-in-law. As Margaret’s health declined, more and more care was needed. From washing clothes to handling finances, speaking a kind word, holding an outstretched hand or making multiple visits a day, Belinda was faithful and showed kindness and graciousness in everything she did.
Special acknowledgment is also given to Mr. Charles Miller, the “rose” man, of Union City. Out of Mr. Miller’s personal garden, he would bring Margaret and others a single beautiful rose every week. Mr. Miller calls this exceptional gift his “ministry”; we call “him” an exceptional gift.
Special thanks is also given to faithful people who were there with armloads of love, support and dependability: Carla and Darrell Hoffman, Kathy Ransom, Gloria Ransom, and every Sunday … Agnes “Sue” Huff and her friend.
The family also wishes to acknowledge the staff of Golden Living Center for their compassion, expertise, and acts of kindness during Margaret’s stay. In particular we would like to recognize the entire Nursing staff, especially Tammy Hill, Jay Wainscott, and Anita Moore; all CNAs, especially Fannie, Tammy, Gabby, April, Lula, and Chasity; all the kitchen staff, especially Dorothy who worked tirelessly to try to find something Margaret could eat; and the entire front office business staff for all their assistance. We are extremely grateful for all the love shown to Mrs. Hoffman. A special mention also goes to Caris Hospice Care for their professionalism and compassion.
Margaret Hoffman was loved by many … she will be missed by even more.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.