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“Enter thou into the “Joy of thy Lord” (Matthew 25:21) was the invitation and mandate James Earl Hoke, Sr. accepted as he transitioned from mortality to immortality. Born April 19, 1928, the son of Runeda Hoke and Peter Cooke, he was a lifetime resident of High Point, NC.

The epitome of a good son, good husband, good father, good grandfathers, good Christian, and a good family man was his demeanor and lifestyle.

He was a lifelong member of Congregational United Church of Christ and served in the majority of its leadership positions such as Trustee, Deacon, Moderator, Treasurer, etc… Possessing a great aptitude with numbers he enjoyed the Treasury position immensely. Being an avid sportsman, he could replay many outstanding events (scores, dates, etc.) comfortably. He enjoyed Senior classes at GTCC in his retirement years.

Born with a strong work ethic and love for family, he forfeited his academic scholarship to Johnson C. Smith University and entered the work force with several local industries. Soon afterwards he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served a tenure of two years remaining in the U.S. as an assistant trainer with his rank and combat level during the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1952. Shortly afterwards, he became employed with the U.S. Postal Service. He retired after 35 years of service concluding as a manger of the Piedmont Triad International Airport Mail Facility from which he received many certificates and awards for exemplary performances. To make certain family matters remained normal., he also retired from Craven-Johnson-Pollock Realty and Jones & Peacock Insurance Companies with forty-plus (40+) years of service each.

In 1963, he joined in matrimony with the former Ernestine Foster and to this union one son, James Earl Hoke, Jr. was born. Preceded in death by both parents, he is survived by Ernestine Hoke (wife), Earl, Jr. and Gia Sibert Hoke (son and daughter-in-law), Halston, Kynadee and Conner Hoke (grandchildren), and a host of cousins and other family members, church family, and friends.

Earl, as he was most commonly known as, has maintained memberships with the National Postal Alliance of Postal and Federal Workers, the American Legion as well as the N.C. Legion, the NAACP and AARP.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at Congregational United Church of Christ, 401 Gordon Street. Interment will follow at Carolina Biblical Gardens. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Please make memorials to Congregational United Church of Christ, 401 Gordon Street, High Point, NC 27260.


Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc.


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  • Tuesday, May 01, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Phillips Funeral Service, Inc.
  • Wednesday, May 02, 2018
    To the Hoke Family Earl will truly be missed by the family. Such a sweet cousin to have know my entire life. Lil Earl remember that me and Avis and Bo have been in the steps you are taking now about losing your father be strong for your Mother.
    ~ Tim, Debra Hoke , Rashaun Baker   High Point, NC
  • Thursday, May 03, 2018
    Never met a finer, kinder Man than James. He was a true Gentlemen in every sense of the word and I enjoyed seeing him at Jones and Peacock every week when he was working with us.
    ~ Roberta Clodfelter   Wallburg, NC
  • Friday, May 04, 2018
    To the Hoke Family--Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. May God continue to hold you in the palm of His hand, and give you strength in the days ahead. Please accept our sincere condolences.....we hope your memories of him will be of some comfort. The Hoke family are in our prayers. Remember in God's Holy Word that weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning. Peace and love be with you, Vance McCoy and Family
    ~ Vance McCoy   Wadesboro, NC
  • Wednesday, May 02, 2018
    I have know Earl all of my life. He is one of the best people I've known. I can honestly say that he will be missed.
    ~ Sandra McGill Smith   Tyler,, TX
  • Wednesday, May 02, 2018
    We will miss you Cousin Earl, you were a great person and we're so grateful to have had you in our lives! Love you. From the Lanier Family!
    ~ Ahisa Lanier   High Point, NC
  • Friday, May 04, 2018
    My sincerest condolences to the family. I have known Mr. Earl every since I was a youngster from the South Side. He truly was a kind and honorable man. He will be missed.
    ~ Harriett Nesbitt Nicholson   Simpsonville, SC
  • Sunday, May 06, 2018
    I am deeply saddened by your loss and will always cherish the memories of Mr. Earl. In all facets of life, he was the greatest, and meant the world to me and my family. From the Southside days to now, he was always there for you, with kind words of encouragement.
    ~ Robbie Carter   West Columbia, SC
  • Friday, May 18, 2018
    Rest in peace Mr Earl. A Sunset on Earth is a Sunrise in Heaven. May God wrap his loving arms of strength and courage around Earl Jr, Mrs. Hoke and the entire family during this time.
    ~ Stephany Steed Chavis   High Point, NC
  • Monday, May 21, 2018
    So sorry to hear of your lose. As the days go pass may you experience the love of our heavenly Creator Jehovah God as he strengthen you and your family to get through this trying time. (Psalms 83:18) Remember he loves your loved one also and has promised to get rid of sickness and death forever and by means of his son Jesus Chirst, bring back to life our loved ones. (Revelation 21:4; John 5:28,29) Please accept my deepest condolence
    ~ Dolon Peete
  • Thursday, May 24, 2018
    Sorry for your loss, he has paid his debt, now he is sleeping waiting on Christ return. Praying for your family.
    ~ Deanna Baldwin   High Point, NC
  • Thursday, May 24, 2018
    We're so sorry to hear you are mourning the recent loss of your loved one. May you find strength and comfort from the words of Psalms 46:1 which reads: "God is our refuge and strength, A help that is readily found in times of distress." Our loving God is there for us if we ask for his help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Friday, June 01, 2018
    God will sustain you with his "right hand of righteousness" during this difficult time and through each passing day. Isaiah 41:10 says: "Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness". Isaiah 41:13; I "am grasping your right hand, the One (God) saying to you,...'I will help you'". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7)
    ~ Rachel Morton