Paul Edward Hoke

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Paul Edward Hoke, affectionately known as “Big Sport,” was born on September 16, 1935, in Crestline, Ohio, to Robert and Mattie Hoke. His life was a testament to passion, dedication, and a deep love for sports and those in need.

Paul’s early years were shaped by his academic pursuits at Ohio State University before he answered the call to serve his country. He joined the Army and proudly served, receiving an honorable discharge in 1958. Paul’s sense of duty and loyalty was apparent in every aspect of his life.

A true sports enthusiast, Paul had a particular fondness for football and baseball. His enthusiasm for sports became a defining part of his character, earning him the endearing nickname “Big Sport.” He shared this love with countless others, inspiring a community of fans and athletes alike. After leaving the service, Paul settled in Mansfield, Ohio, where he began his career at General Motors. Additionally, he worked as a bus driver for New Hope, a job that brought him immense joy and fulfillment. Paul’s dedication to helping others, especially those with disabilities, was evident to all who knew him.

In his personal life, Paul found love and companionship with Mary (Durham) Hoke of Willard, Ohio, with whom he had five beloved children. Later in life, he found happiness once again and married Mamie Caldwell of Mansfield, Ohio, creating a strong and loving bond. Sadly, on July 23, 2023, Paul passed away after battling an extended illness. His departure leaves a void in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. Paul was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Mattie Hoke, his beloved wife Mamie (Caldwell) Hoke, his sister Choyce Mae Hoke, brother Ernest James Hoke, and great-grandson Anthony (Boobie) Jordan Jr. Additionally, he was preceded in death by his special cousin Katie Melton of Crestline, Ohio.

Paul leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion in his surviving family members. He is lovingly remembered by his daughters Sharon Camak of Mansfield, OH, Paula (Robert) Windom of Mansfield, OH, Pam Russell of Castlebury, FL, and Renee (Joe) Hudson Avery of Deltona, FL. Also left to cherish his memory are his sons Stanley Hoke of Cleveland, OH, and Victor Hoke of Columbus, OH. The impact of his life extends to his numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even a great-great-grandchild.

Paul (Big Sport) Edward Hoke will forever be missed and treasured in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him. His legacy of compassion, love, and passion for sports will continue to inspire and uplift generations to come. A memorial service will be held to celebrate Paul’s life and honor his memory. Details of the service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Paul’s name to organizations supporting individuals with disabilities, a cause close to his heart.

Rest in peace, Big Sport. Your spirit will live on in the memories of all who loved you.

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  1. Christine English

    Sorry for your family loss.of Mr Paul Hoke I knew him for years…worked with him at General Motors…and he was a good friend of mines rip Mr Hoke…

  2. Herb and Loretta Hilliard

    The family has our deepest sympathy. I knew Paul Hoke from GM. A good man and a hard worker.

  3. Grace B. Dixon

    Greetings from the Providence Baptist church. Pastor Mark Cobb and the Providence Family would like to offer our condolence to the Hoke Family. Our prayers are for the family that God will heal your hurt and draw you closer to Him in your time of grief. Remember God is only a prayer away; His ears are open to your cry.
    With Love
    Pastor Mark Cobb &
    The Providence Baptist Church Family

  4. Barbara DiPietro

    Dear Sharon & Hoke Family,
    My deepest sympathy at the loss of your beloved father, Paul. My husband and Paul will be watching sports together with the Lord. May the Lord give you peace on this time of sorrow. Thoughts and prayers.

  5. I worked with Paul at Richland Newhope, we had some good talks on our long maintenence drives of the adversity he dealt with over his younger years. We would stir him up over sports, he was a big teddybear, I’m sorry to his family for his loss. Fly high Big Sport, fly high

  6. Praying that God send his Holy Spirit to comfort, strengthen and help counsel Nicole and the Hoke Family in this time of grief and sorrow. Stay Encouraged !!!
    Love ya !

  7. Dear family of Paul Hoke, I have lived across the street from Paul for a number of years. I am sad to hear of his passing. I have always admired Paul for his determination to keep going. It was my privilege to lend a helping hand now and then. I will miss him. May GOD comfort each of you at this time is my prayer, Sincerely, Lee Mellott.

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