John Thomas Hochkins

Mr. John Thomas Hochkins, 67, husband, father and dear friend to all, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, surrounded by his family. His devotion to his family and firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.

He was blessed with a large and loving family. He married his best friend and soulmate, Susan Dragoo Hochkins, at the age of 33. John and Susan spent 35 treasured years together and had two daughters, Sarah Elizabeth and Mary Katherine. John was a dedicated father and husband. He spent every weekend for a number of years at softball fields where he enjoyed watching his daughters play softball. He took pleasure in doing anything that made “his girls” happy. He was an exceptional role model to his children and friends.

He was known as “Big John” during his years as a homebuilder for his assertiveness and ability to get any job done and done well. “Big John” built a successful company, Arbor Residential Group, Inc., building hundreds of beautiful custom homes, as well as commercial buildings over his career. He specialized in designing and customizing floor plans and prided himself on his customer satisfaction and fairness to his employees.  He won Builder of the Week on several occasions, from both the Marietta Daily Journal and the Atlanta Journal Constitution where he was recognized for his skill and honesty. Big John was a man of integrity. John often quoted Winston Churchill, “With integrity, nothing else counts. Without integrity, nothing else counts.”

Funeral services for John will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at the Logan Funeral Home with the Rev. Harden Hopper and Dr. Tom Jordan officiating. 

Music will be by pianist Marla Bishop and the Cartecay Baptist and Methodist Church choirs. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Gideon’s International Ellijay Camp, P.O. Box 1704, Ellijay, GA 30540, in memory of Mr. Hochkins.

He is preceded in death and welcomed home by daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Hochkins; brother, David Hochkins; sister, Connie Kubik; parents, John and Elizabeth Hochkins; and special pets, Marshall and Daisy.  

He is survived by his loving wife Susan Dragoo Hochkins; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Jeff Cochran; brother, Paul Hochkins; and special pets, Darla and Lady.

Edward Lewis said, “We define ourselves by the best that is in us, not the worst that has been done to us.” John was the perfect example of this. Even though he lived his last years in a wheelchair and endured many physical problems, he chose to live life gloriously, full of humor and good cheer. He always prayed for God’s blessings on those more unfortunate than he was. 

Anyone who knew him forgot his physical limitations and only saw him as a strong, larger-than-life man who loved God, his family and friends. He enjoyed life and helped everyone around him enjoy it by making us laugh, helping solve problems and always challenging us to be our best selves. He loved God and was certain in his faith, never wavering.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 says, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” This sums up this strong, loving man who was a force on this earth and now in heaven. Oh, how he will be missed until we are with him again!

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Logan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1076
Ellijay, GA. 30540

Phone: 706-635-4313
Fax: 706-635-7006