George Maxwell Hoak, 90, of Atlanta passed away January 16, 2014 at Emory University Hospital. He served in the U. S. Army in World War II, retired as a career civil servant in financial management with the U.S. Army at the Atlanta Army Depot/Fort Gillam and Fort MacPherson. George loved books and was owner of Memorable Books in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Family and friends of George Hoak will gather for a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Services are at Shallowford Presbyterian Church, 2375 Shallowford Road, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30345. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shallowford Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. My condolences to the family of George Hoak, a good friend. George had a kind heart, an interesting mind, and a keen sense of humor. I had the good fortune to know him for many years. I will miss him greatly, and pray for the repose of his soul.

  2. Ottis and I met George & Ella Hoak in 1975; they moved Memorable Books to our building and we had a wonderful relationship with them and with George after Ella’s death. He was a highly intelligent, easygoing person. When asked about ANY book he could find it in the thousands of books he had. George was in his “nest” for over 25 years and he made sure when we had to close our business, he found good people to buy his business to continue “paying the rent.” He always participated in the advertising efforts of the SMVBA. We will always remember this dear man with love and affection.

  3. John and I send our love to you, Mary Lou, David, Gordon and families, on this day of remembrance of my Uncle George. I also send love from your father’s sister, Margaret, who has a birthday today. It does my heart good to be thinking of them both this day. My mother idolized her big brother George and remembers him as her protector and friend in their childhood years in Niagara Falls.

  4. Our condolences, We echo Lindy’s comments.

    When I relayed the news to George’s sister (Peg) she was very disturbed, she will miss him.

  5. Mr. Hoak & Memorable Books were fixtures in Stone Mtn Village over 25 years. Great tenant in same location he rented from my parents & the books were stacked to the ceiling. I always remember about 15 years ago Mr. Hoak sitting in his car one summer day with customers in his shop. Concerned he might be ill or A/C not working in shop I asked if he was ok & got a good laugh: He explained a customer that was purchasing numerous books needed a detailed invoice but he couldn’t find an empty spot in the shop so he went to his car to write out the bill!

  6. You and your family have my deepest sympathy for your loss. The Bible promises the resurrection hope for our loved ones who have fallen asleep in death. (John 5:28, 29)

  7. Mr. Hoak had a wonderful store. It’s almost impossible to find great second hand bookstores like that anymore. My condolences to his family.

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