Joseph M. Hotard, 46, of Warm Springs, died Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at West Georgia Health in LaGrange. Memorial services will be 11:00 am, Friday, October 4, 2013 at Community Chapel, Pine Mountain Valley with Pastor Rick Lipp officiating.
Jeff Hotard (Joseph M.) was born with mental handicaps but never realized that he had any limitations. He always wanted to go to school and wanted to work just like everyone else. As a result he attended school until he was eighteen, then he stared to work through the Meriwether County Mental Health program. He served as a stock boy and a bag boy at local grocery stores. He also worked in a Sheltered Work Shop in Virginia, while he lived there. He was such a generous person and was the most loving person to all he knew or met. Jeff was also a prize winning artist in his teenage years, for his drawings and coloring. He was very proud of his having carried the Olympic torch in a parade several years back. Also, he was thrilled to be a member of the Knights of Columbus. Jeff loved writing letters and always wanted to keep in touch with friends.
Survivors include his mother, Linda Myers of Warm Springs; his father, Armand Hotard and his wife, Susie of Columbus; his brother, Christopher Bryan Hotard and his wife, Michelle of Pine Mountain Valley; one niece, Bailey Hotard of Columbus; one Aunt, Cynthia Adams of Warm Springs; Counsins, John Thomas (Tammy) Crowder of Warm Springs, Mark (Mari Anna) Crowder of Shiloh, Dennis (Casey) Crowder of Sumter, SC, Charlene (Andy) Dickens of Albany, Nicole (Charles) McKay of Shiloh and Amanda (Mason) Clay of Alabama.
Cox Funeral Home, Manchester in charge of arrangements. Please sign the online register at www.coxfh.com.