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Eugene Earl Hocker, 66, a longtime resident of Alpharetta, Ga., passed away peacefully early on the morning of April 6, 2017, at the Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, Fla. Gene went to be with our Lord after a long battle with ALS, which he faced with all courage and dignity. His devoted family was with him.
Gene was born Aug. 8, 1950, at St. Vincent Mercy Hospital in Elwood, Ind., to Dana and Shirley Ann (Ellis) Hocker.
Gene was preceded in death by his mother.
He is survived by his spouse and partner of 38 years, Jeffrey Flynn, to whom he was married on July 2, 2015, and whose heart now bleeds. He is further survived by his father, Dana Earl and wife Marlis of Bradenton, Fla.; his brother and wife, Thomas Robert and Mary Ann Hocker of Hanover, Pa.; his sister, Janet Sue and husband Kevin Forrester of Bradenton, Fla.; his sister, Shari Ann Halliburton and fiancé Robert Jenkins of Dalton, Ga.; many cherished nieces and nephews; and by his devoted nurse and friend Tatyana.
Gene graduated from Wendell L. Willkie High School in 1968. He served in the United States Army from May 1972 to May 1974 as a Nuclear Weapons Maintenance Specialist at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He earned his bachelor's degree from Ball State University and a master's degree from Georgia State University. He taught Earth Science for nearly 30 years with the Fulton County Public Schools. He taught at Paul D. West middle school in Atlanta, and Haynes Bridge and Northwestern middle schools in Alpharetta, Ga. Gene was known for his dedication to his students and affection for his colleagues. Gene retired from teaching in 2010.
We are blessed to learn the many valuable lessons from the exemplary life of Eugene Earl Hocker. A princely man with a kingly heart, he was a devoted friend, kind and generous and known for his sense of humor. He loved cooking and family gatherings. His gardening was a gift from God and his landscaping surpassed the most beautiful of homes. He enjoyed the beach, nature and fishing, watching and caring for the birds, and the simple pleasures in life.
In obedience to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ and in imitation of His example, Gene was buried with Him in baptism April 10, 1960.
Cremation is being arranged by the Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Home, Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, Fla.
Condolences for Gene may be left on his tribute page at the funeral home website.
Gene's family cordially invites you to a memorial service celebrating his life on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 2:30 in the afternoon. We request you bring your thoughts, prayers and fondest memories of Gene.
The service will be at the Northside Chapel Funeral Home, 12050 Crabapple Road, Roswell, GA 30075. Reception to follow.
Memorial contributions are welcome and should be made to the ALS Association.
Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for evermore.
Published on April 11, 2017
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