Theodore Hoffler Obituary (2021) – Greensboro, ND
Hoffler, III, Theodore “Ted” Edward
August 15, 1956 – December 1, 2021
After 65 years of bringing music and laughter to the hearts and souls of virtually everyone he had ever met, Ted’s soul left this earth and filled the void of his absence with a legacy of generosity.
Ted was born on August 15, 1956 in Rocky Mount, NC, to the late Buck Hoffler and Mary Colones. After his early years in Enfield, NC, he moved to Greensboro in 1963. Ted attended Joyner, Mendenhall, and Page High School (1974). Baseball and basketball were his love from his days in the Little League as a left-handed pitcher for Franklin Drugs to coaching youth basketball at the YMCA, 3 years as City Champs. He attended UNC – colored forever Carolina blue – with the intention of becoming a business major. Instead, he began his career in the food industry, first at Lox, Stock & Bagel, then Fisher’s Grille, before moving into grocery sales. He retired from US Food in time to do what he took for granted – music and travel – for 5 years.
“Music is the healer,” he often said, and that was true of Ted, first as an all state clarinetist in high school to teach himself to play guitar. In the 1980s he began playing with an amazing group of musicians called The Oak Ridge Noise. In 2016, Ted joined Jim Jones, Roy Nydorf, Martin Doll and later Byron Stein to start the B-Sides and rocked it until COVID ended life. Ted was a long-time member of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, serving as trustee, and co-chairing the Carolina Blues Festival. He wore his blue Santa hat for the annual Blue Christmas toy and fundraiser.
Ted’s thirst for adventure and travel could push the boundaries and the summer of 2002 was the climax. He and his friends waited 10 years for permission to go on a private rafting trip on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. They brought their 14 ‘raft, which was christened “Dean E. Smith”. Music and adventure collided when they happened upon the Vancouver Symphony String Quartet playing an impromptu concert of Irish jigs in a slot canyon on the Colorado River.
Ted was part of the original group in the restaurant community that hosted the Thanksgiving community tables. He brought his Excalibur electric carving knife to carve 1,500 pounds of turkey. He gave so much to the community, prefering to be behind the scenes, and often said, “If he could, he wanted to leave the scene a little better than he found it.” In an early application, he summed up his life goal: “To be able to say at the end of each day that I’ve made at least one new friend.” Ted never met a stranger, and when he did, he left as a friend. His laugh was infectious, his story was legendary and his heart was as big as nature, which he loved so much.
Ted leaves behind his sister Angela Hoffler Berry (Doug), his nieces Katie Berry (Josh), Madeleine Smith (Dixon), Corinne Jones (Kevin), Angela Berry (Shaun), great-niece Eliza Smith and great-nephews Robert Smith and Foster and Grady Jones.
A concert dedicated to Ted’s life will be held on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. at Joymongers 576 North Eugene Street.
All donations in commemoration of Ted can be made to the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, 122 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401 and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, 301 North Elm Street # 100 Greensboro, NC 27401, which supports the Thanksgiving Community Table Fund to mark.
Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm Chapel supports the Hoffler family. Online condolences can be found at www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com.
Published by Greensboro News & Record on December 12, 2021.