It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Paul Hoeing who died on Tuesday, January 16, as a result of a car accident.

“For over a decade, Paul shared his heart and hands to make ‘room at the inn’ for our mothers and children. As a volunteer, and then moving onto  on our Board of Trustees where he  served as Chairman for several years, Paul was an important and irreplaceable leader in our ministry. We will all miss him.” – Albert Hodges, President of Room At The Inn.

When Paul first got involved with our ministry, he had been asked to host a table of 10 at our annual banquet. He brought 60 people. That was just how he was. He was so in love with Jesus, that he was constantly on the lookout for any way to serve. Because of that willingness to do God’s will, his life was an exciting adventure and he was full of joy. He was so enthusiastic about everything and that joy was infectious.

Within a week of joining our board he had signed himself up for a training workshop offered by the city of Greensboro for non-profit leaders. I suppose he thought he needed to learn more about how to be a good board member. When he saw a need, he took care of it right away. A couple of years ago, he was helping load Christmas outreach gifts for our mothers and children from St. Leo’s Church, into cars to take to Room At The Inn in Greensboro. Quickly it became apparent that there would not be enough space in the vehicles we had, and would need to make many trips back and forth. Paul disappeared for a while but was back in a flash having rented a full-size U-haul truck to solve the problem.

Paul was rarely seen without his wife, Beth. They had been married for over 50 years and had 7 children and 20 grand/great-grandchildren. Paul and Beth loved one another in a very special way. They were very active members of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church. As daily Mass goers, they would often be seen holding hands at church. One day I was driving through a neighborhood and happened to see them walking along and they were holding hands when there was no one there to see them them. Their love was real. They served together too. They were Eucharistic ministers who also took communion to the home-bound. They were involved in teaching natural family planning and with Marriage Encounter.

They volunteered together with Catholic Charities and were joint recipients of their Bishop William G. Curlin Partners in Hope Award in 2018. Paul later received our own James and Elizabeth Hedgecock Volunteer Award in 2022 for his significant service to our agency over the years.   


Receiving the Catholic Charities Award                                        Receiving the Room At The Inn Award

Last year when he was no longer on the board, Paul was able to support our spring fundraiser by purchasing a raffle ticket. He won the grand prize of $5,000. Please pray for his family that they will be comforted knowing how much he was loved, as he has now gone to claim the ultimate prize he has hoped for his whole life, to be with God.

You can read his obituary here

“He lived faithfully every day in his belief in Jesus and the promise of heaven. He was able to touch so many lives. We are overwhelmed by the love and support we have received. It is a true testament to the impact he had on so many people in our community. His core values of family, faith, humility, and unconditional love will be passed on through generations. We could not have asked for a better dad and role model. He broke the mold.” – Kevin Hoeing, Paul’s son.

Post submitted by Marianne Donadio