Joseph Jennings Hoke Sr.


    Joseph Jennings Hoke Sr. of Union, Missouri was born in Blackwater, Missouri on March 18, 1936 to Francis and Elizabeth (Thorp) Hoke and passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at the of 86 years.


    He grew up and attended school in Otterville, Missouri and eventually relocated to the Sullivan/Union, Missouri area. He spent most of his working life employed by the Chrysler Corporation, retiring in March of 1994.
    Outside of his working life, Joe loved to spend time outdoors, boating on the lake, going for walks and watching birds.
    He enjoyed buying season passes to Six Flags and taking his grandchildren and also supporting them at their t-ball and baseball games.
    Joe was a hardworking, faithful Christian man, and could often be found volunteering at the mission, cutting grass for his home church and church camps, and always lending a helping hand to those in need.
    He was preceded in death by a son, Robert “Robby” Hoke; two grandsons, Joseph Turner and Steven Knoblock; two brothers, Francis Hoke Jr. and Jim Hoke; and son-in-law, John Spencer.
    He is survived by his eight children, Joseph Hoke Jr. of Cuba, Missouri, Brenda Hoke of Union, Missouri, Julie Spencer of Denham, Louisana, Judy “Annie” Switzer and husband Larry “Luke” of Cuba, Missouri, Earl “Dink” Hoke of Sullivan, Missouri, Mary Heisman and husband Robert of Cuba, Missouri, Cindy Montgomery and husband Daniel of Union, Missouri and Tim Hoke of Leasburg, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Tara Hoke of Robertsville, Missouri; 32 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; three brothers, Frank Hoke and wife Henrietta of Sullivan, Missouri, Tom Hoke and wife Charlotte of Sullivan, Missouri and Don Hoke and wife Sue of St. Clair, Missouri; sister, Ida “Kitty” Adams of Bourbon, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was held from noon to 2 p.m.  on Friday, June 17, 2022 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, Missouri.
    Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2022 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, Missouri with Pastor Chester Lahmann officiating.
    Arrangements under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Sullivan, Missouri.