David E. Hooker

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2013

David Eugene Hooker, son of the late William James Hooker and Doshia Mae Hooker, was born on September 29, 1923 in Moultrie, Georgia and died on Sunday, February 24, 2013.  
Funeral services were held on March 2 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Summerville with the Rev. James Cannion officiating. Burial was held at Macedonia United Methodist Church Cemetery in Cottageville.
Mr. Hooker enrolled at South Carolina State College in Orangeburg in 1941 and was called to serve in the Army during World War II. He was a First Sergeant.  He returned to the college in 1946 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1948.  He earned a Master of Education degree at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, FL in 1960. 
Mr. Hooker taught school and served as a school administrator at a Simpsonville, SC high school where he met his wife of 52 years, the former Julia Ann “Annie” Grant.  The couple married in 1951.
From the late 1950s to 1970, he served as principal of an elementary school in Doerun, GA, which was renamed the David E. Hooker Elementary School in 1966. In 1971, he and his family moved to Summerville.  He began a second career at the Charleston and North Charleston offices of the South Carolina Employment Security Commission, where he was employed as a job placement specialist and supervisor until he retired in 1988. 
Mr. Hooker was a dedicated church worker at Mother Easter Baptist Church in Moultrie, GA and later a faithful member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Summerville.
He was predeceased by his wife, Annie. He is survived by his daughter, Eugenia Hooker of Spartanburg; two brothers, Thomas Hooker of Nashua, NH, and Homer Hooker of Memphis, TN; several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. 
Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 218 Pearson Street in Walterboro, was in charge.

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