|CHARLES EVANS HOOVER
April 8, 1937 - June 15, 2014
Family and friends mourn the sudden loss of Charles Evans Hoover. Born April 8th, 1937, Charles grew up in High Point and raised his own family with his wife, Shirley, in High Point as well.
At age 12, Charles became a member of First PIlgrim Church (now First Wesleyan Church), and his family's involvement in the church was a major influence in his life. Charles loved lmusic, and he faithfully served the church with his musical gifts. He was a volunteer organist from 1965 to 1998, served on numerous boards and committees, and after his retirement, continued to play the piano for the Wesleyan Arms assisted living and nursing home facilities.
Upon graduating as Valedictorian from Allen Jay High School in 1955, Charles received a full scholarship to attend UNC-Chapel Hill. He majored in Accounting and received his B. S. degree in Business. He started down his career path immediately after graduation and, in 1960, enlisted in the U. S. Air Force. After basic training, he was assigned to Chinese language school at Yale University, followed by technical training, to prepare him for his duties as a voice intercept analyst in the Republic of China on Taiwan. While on furlough, Charles met and fell in love with Shirley Ann Murrow. After a long distance relationship, they were married in June of 1964.
In 1964, Charles was hired by Pilot Life Insurance Company where he worked primarily with computer systems for the Accounting and Human Resources Division and later Information Technology. He remained with Pilot Life and its succesor company, Jefferson Pilot (currently Lincoln Financial Group), for his entire 40-year work career. After his retirement in 2004, he continued to work under contract as a consultant.
Charles and Shirley celebrated 50 years of marriage on June 12, 1014. While vacationing in Maui, Hawaii to celebrate with the same friends who were instrumental in bringing them together, Charles presumably sufferred a massive heart attack while snorkeling in Kapalua Bay on June 15th. Autopsy results are pending.
Charles is preceded in death by his father, Joseph Hobson Hoover his mother, Mary Layton Hoover, and his brother, Dale Johnson Hoover.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Murrow Hoover; his son, Michael Charles Hoover of King and his wife, Sherry; his daughter, Melanie Hoover Patton of Kernersville, and her husband Kevin. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Jordan Michael Hoover, Kaley Ann Patton, Connnor Evans Patton and Quinn Bryant Patton; and one brother, Joseph Neal Hoover of Colfax.
Charles was a man of strong faith, much wisdom and few words. He loved to tend his garden, read, and listen to music. An exercise enthusiast, he enjoyed long walks and workouts at the Fitness Center at High Point Regional Hospital. He cherished time with his family and close friends, and will be deeply missed by them.
A memorial service will be held in memory of Charles Hoover at First Wesleyan Church in High Point at 3:00 on Sunday, June 22nd. Visitation and offering of condolences will take place at the church immediately following the service. Memorials may be directed to First Wesleyan Church, 1701 Westchester Drive at Providence Place, High Point, NC 27262. Flowers may be sent to Cumby Family Funeral Service, 1015 Eastchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262