Promoted to Glory: Major DeRue Hoffman

Aug 28, 2023 | by Brad Rowland

Promoted to Glory: Major DeRue Hoffman

Major DeRue Hoffman was Promoted to Glory on Friday, August 25, 2023 at the age of 89. 

DeRue Lewis was born in Thompson Station, Tennessee on November 9, 1933 to parents Clarence D. & Grace Lee Lewis. She graduated from high school in Cambridge, MD and worked at the Dorchester County Courthouse until she entered the training college as a member of the Intercessors session of cadets. She was commissioned on May 12, 1952, by General Albert Orsborn. 

On July 11, 1959, DeRue married Luther H. Hoffman. They had two children: Howard (Candy) Hoffman and Mary Louise Justice. 

During Major Hoffman's career as a Salvation Army officer, she served in six states: Georgia, Virginia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Maryland. She served for two years as president of the Church Women United in Clarksburg, WV.  She was also a member of the Quota Club, as well as a Blue Cross/Blue Shield board member.  

She retired back to her home in Cambridge after 46 years of service on November 1, 1998, where she later received the Dorchester County Senior Citizens Award, the "Maryland, You Are Beautiful" award, and a commemorative coin from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.  

Throughout her lifetime, she was recognized and honored many times, but she always said the greatest joy in life was to see people find and live for Christ. 

Major Hoffman is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and four siblings. 

She is survived by her two children, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. 

The funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, August 31, 2023 at The Salvation Army Cambridge Corps, followed by interment at Greenlawn Cemetery. 

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