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Henry Clay “H.C.” Hooper, Jr., age 86, of rural Lamar, passed away Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at Cox South Hospital in Springfield.


     H.C. was born June 13, 1922 in Fannin County, Texas, one of the eleven children of Clay and Mattie (Merriman) Hooper.  He moved with his family to Oklahoma, then to Barton County where he graduated from Milford High School.  H.C. was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in the Philippines during World War II. 


     On April 21, 1948, at Harmony Baptist Church, H.C. married Zelma Orene Cross and they spent their entire married life of over sixty years in the Milford community on the farm.  He enjoyed the life of a farmer.  He had many nephews and nieces who learned from him and admired his work ethic.  He was a good neighbor and willing helper to the community.  He joined the Harmony Baptist shortly after his marriage and remained faithful to the church his entire adult life.


     In addition to his wife, Zelma, H.C. is survived by three sisters, Mary Miller, Lamar, Jewel Cellan, Fairfax, Oklahoma, and Louise Cochran, Anchorage, Alaska; many nephews and nieces, and a large extended family.  He was preceded in death by a brother and six sisters.


     Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 18th at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday.  Burial will be in Greenfield Cemetery, south of Jerico Springs.


     Memorial contributions are suggested to Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, The Gideons International, or the charity of the donor’s choice, in care of Daniel Funeral Home.




#3 Terry Ryan 2008-10-20 10:35
Dear Zelma and All,

I'm so sorry to hear about H.C. He was such a fine and gentle man who I remember as always pleasant and happy. I remember my Grandmother always having good things to say about H.C.

May you find your peace. God bless you.

#2 Springfield, MOPhyl Rohlfing 2008-10-18 04:42

Sorry that I can't make H.C.'s services on Saturday, but will be thinking of you.

Will try to keep in touch. . . . Phyl
#1 Longmont, COKaren Brubaker Morgan 2008-10-17 20:18
Mrs. Hooper,
I am the youngest of Wilber and Edna Brubaker's children that you had in 1st grade at Golden City.
I was just thinking the other day of all my teacher I had through school and you crossed my mind. I have a lot of great memories of each of my teachers.
I got married in March 1994 to Joe N. Morgan of Oklahoma. I have a daugher, Abigail, who is 12 and is in 7th grade, and a son, Aaron, who is 5 and is in Kindergarten. We are on our 5th year living in Colorado but will be moving back to Lamar area come end of next June. Lord willing, I will come and visit you when I return.
Since I live in Colorado I have to check out Lamar Democrat online to get any latest news.
I am so sorry to hear of your loss and pray that God will give you the strength and peace that passes all understanding through this difficult time. May thoughts and prayers go out to you.
Karen Morgan

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