Mr. Lester Harden Hockaday, age 82, of Advance, NC, died Sunday, March 22, 2015 surrounded by his family. Born August 23, 1932 in Davie County, he was the son of the late William Henry Hockaday and Pattie (Cope) Hockaday. Lester served in the Army during the Korean War and worked at Reynolds Tobacco Company for 33 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching all types of sports. He especially enjoyed cheering and supporting all his grandchildren in all of their sports and activities. He was an avid “Duke” basketball and “Dodgers” fan and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Lester was also a member of Cornerstone Christian Church.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Carolyn S. Hockaday; along with two children; Mark and Barbara Hockaday of High Point, NC; Anita (Hockaday) and Tim Simkins, of Wake Forest, NC; 4 grandchildren, Chad and Chelsea Hockaday, Olivia Hockaday, Joshua Simkins, and Katelyn Simkins; one sibling, Thurmond Hockaday of Advance, NC and many other loving nieces, nephews and relatives. Lester was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Susan Hockaday, his brother Houston Hockaday, and his sister Mary (Hockaday) York. Memorial services for Lester Hockaday will be held at 3:00 pm, Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the Hayworth - Miller Kinderton Chapel, 108 E. Kinderton Way, Advance, NC 27006. Friends may visit with the family Sunday before the ceremony from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to VFW Post 8719, 182 Cottontail Lane, Advance NC 27006 or go online to VFW.org/contribute.
Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com