Osie Leona Carr Hoffman, 87, departed this life on Valentine's Day 2014 to reunite with her beloved husband, Jim. Osie was born in Boone County, WV, where she and her six siblings
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learned to work the land, laugh together, and love good music. Her dad played the fiddle for dances all over the county. Mormon missionaries often visited their home, and Osie was baptized with several of her siblings in September 1943. In 1949, she moved to St. Albans to help with the opening of the Nancy Allen Diner on Park Street. There she met her future husband, a customer who was impressed that she insisted on serving him a fresh slice of pie rather than a day-old piece. She described Jim as "a true gentleman." They married in 1954. Together they owned and managed a TV repair shop at the corner of Park Street and Sixth Avenue in St. Albans. He was good with TVs; she was good at managing the business. In 1960 they moved to Florida. Jim's work for Martin, a NASA contractor, took them to Huntsville, Alabama, and then back to Florida, where they settled in DeLand. After Jim passed in 2005, Osie continued to live in DeLand until August 2013, when her declining health prompted her to move in with her sister June in San Jose, CA. June cared for Osie in her home until Osie was hospitalized just a few days before her death. Osie was fiercely independent (some describe her as "feisty") but quick to lend a hand when others were sick or needed help. A fast learner with a quick mind and a sharp wit, she was also an excellent cook and seamstress. She loved country music, clean living, and watching space shuttle launches. She and her husband traveled to many places in the United States, often in their travel trailer, to visit family and to enjoy the scenic beauty of the American West. Osie was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The family extends special appreciation to Carol Hunter, Osie's devoted friend and fellow church member. Carol and her husband Alen (now deceased) helped Osie realize her dream of going to the Orlando Temple, and Carol helped Osie in other ways, great and small. Osie is survived by her beloved stepson, Cecil Hoffman, of Salem, VA, and his children Jimmy and Melinda of Charleston, WV; loving sister Alice June Carr of San Jose, CA; nieces Carla Thomas McClure (WV) and Candace Carr (CA); and nephews Clark Carr (FL), Christopher Carr (CA), Eldon Thomas (SC), and Carson Thomas (WV). She was preceded in death by parents John and Dora Carr; husband Jim; stepson Ralph; nephew Tim Carr; sister Gladys Thomas; and brothers Orville, Lester, Burk, and Chuck. A funeral service will be held today (Saturday, February 22), 11 a.m., at the Chapel of Peace at DeLand Memorial Gardens, DeLand, FL, with Bishop Tim Richards officiating, followed by the dedication of the grave. Visitors are welcome before the service. Condolences may be sent to www.allensummerhillfuneralhome.com. Allen-Summerhill DeLand is in charge.
Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home
126 East New York Ave Deland, FL 32724
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22, 2014