Don Hoke

Don Hoke

Thursday, March 31st, 1960 - Sunday, August 2nd, 2020
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Don R. Hoke, 60, died on Sunday, August 2, 2020. He graduated from Northside High School in 1978.

Don was currently employed by Titus Trucking and previously with Double Envelope for 40 years.

He was predeceased by his father, Frank and grandparents, Helen and Raymond Leake.

Don was known as ‘Hokey Pokey” to his hiking friends and hiked the Appalachian Trail and enjoyed many walks with his mom on the Greenway.

Don also loved working on his antique cars and showing them. He had lots of friends too many to name and truly enjoyed their friendships. Donald enjoyed watching his favorite baseball, the Washington Nationals with both TV and in person. He took his mom on wonderful excursions to their baseball teams during spring training and enjoyed many hiking excursions.

Don is survived by his mother, Rachel; sisters, Alice (Mitch), Sandy and Wendy; niece, Courtney (Skylar); nephew, Jason (Ona); and great-nephew, Elias and his girlfriend, Beverly.

Due to COVID-19, we are having a private ceremony. Please make donations to Friends of the Blue Ridge and RATC. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.oakeys.com.
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Michael Karaman

Posted at 09:59am
I posted some of the better photos I have from the 200 miles of Appalachian Trail backpacking trips we took together in 2003 (Glasgow, VA), 2004 (Georgia), 2006 (New Hampshire) and 2008 (southern Virginia). I met Hokey Pokey on the bulletin board that was the precursor to WhiteBlaze.net in or around 2000, when I was restarting my quest to hike the entire AT. Hokey Pokey (Hikerhead on WhiteBlaze) was the turtle to my hare -- it took him a while to cover the miles but he never stopped. I uploaded a handful of photos from our hikes, but the one below is representative: we had met up the prior evening atop Mt. Liberty in NH. It was chilly that morning, but we made pretty good time until we started climbing up to Franconia Ridge. Hokey didn't like climbing. I was eating breakfast in the early morning sun and took this picture of him when he finally caught up to me.

I have a lot of good memories of our time together. He was generous, humorous, curious and simply loved being out-of-doors. I'm terribly saddened and will miss him despite rarely seeing him in person. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.


Posted at 09:25am
In memory of my slow-but-steady Appalachian Trail hiking partner. I was looking forward to our 8-Ball re-match. I'll miss your joyful outlook.
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Sharon Fedorka

Posted at 11:11pm
My sincere condolences to my dear Aunt Rachel, and cousins Alice, Sandy and Wendy...and the extended Hoke family. I know that the past month has been filled with shock, stress, hope, and sadness. I, like many, prayed that Don would pull through this and that God would bless us with a miracle, but I guess God had other plans for Don…maybe there is a trail that needs a guide, or a river that needs fishing…we don’t know why God took Don so early in his life (just like his father, Frank, and his Uncle Marvin [my dad], both who left us way too early). But, I pray that God will give each of you the strength to get through this very sad and difficult time, and the peace and hope that you will be together again one day. And, until then, please remember Don’s smile, his laugh, his love of the great outdoors and his kindness towards others.

Growing up, Don was surrounded by girls…three sisters and three female cousins…he was the only male (besides our dads) on our numerous family vacations together in Myrtle Beach, SC (the campsite was right off the beach - Ocean Lakes?) and our families’ trips to White Sulphur Springs, WV (camping at Blue Bend and Lake Sherwood), maybe that is why he enjoyed being outside so much! As we got older, our family vacations together stopped. And, though most of us have lived in Virginia all our lives, we only got together for the occasional family picnic and weddings. It is sad how we take for granted that our loved ones will be here when we have more time for them…and sadly it doesn’t always work that way.

The pictures below were taken in July of 2016 at the Smith/Hoke family picnic in Lexington, VA. Don was enjoying hitting the softball with the kids. The next time I saw Don would be at his Aunt Priscilla’s (my mom) funeral…as she passed away in March of 2017. I hope Don is having a nice family reunion in Heaven with his dad and his Uncle and Aunt (my mom and dad), and all our other loved ones who preceded him in death. We miss you all!

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Love always,

Sharon Hoke Fedorka

Stephanie Tavenner

Posted at 07:41pm
I'm sad and still in shock over the sudden passing of my cousin. I can only pray that he's at peace now and pray that Aunt Rachel, cousins Alice, Sandy and Wendy have the strength and courage to continue to have faith. I love you all!

Wendy Hoke Posted at 01:02pm

Thanks Stephanie!

Karen Hughes

Posted at 11:49pm
To my Aunt Rachel and cousins Alice, Sandy and Wendy My love, thoughts and prayers are with you Karen Hoke Hughes

Wendy Hoke Posted at 12:37pm

Thanks Karen!

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