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Wednesday February 13th, 2019
11:00am - 1:00pm

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New Hope Baptist Church
Wednesday February 13th, 2019

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Interment at: New Hope Church Cemetery

New Hope Church Cemetery
Wednesday February 13th, 2019

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Earl Franklin Hooper

Earl Franklin Hooper (1933-2019) Earl F. Hooper, age 85, of Sylva passed away Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Harris Regional Hospital after a period of declining health. Born on February 24, 1933 in Jackson County and raised on Brasstown in the Caney Fork community, Earl was the son of the late Verge E. Hooper and Della Blackburn Hooper. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother Griffin Hooper, one sister Alma June Hooper, and infant son Michael D. Hooper. After graduating from Cullowhee High School in 1952, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Korea. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Western Carolina College and began his teaching career in 1959 at Bethel School in Haywood County. He returned to Jackson County to teach at Glenville School and later became principal and teacher at Cashiers School. He earned a master's degree in administration from Western Carolina College and later served as Elementary Supervisor. In 1980 he was appointed Superintendent of Jackson County Schools and served in that position until his retirement in 1985. After his retirement he enjoyed gardening, working in his yard, foxing hunting with his brother and watching the Atlanta Braves. Church was a very important part of his life. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher for many years. He was a member of the Southwestern Community College Board of Trustees from 1981-1990 and again from1995-2010. Earl is survived by his wife of 64 years Jean Hooper; one son Rick Hooper and wife Joan of Waynesville; daughter Sherry Hooper of Sylva; special daughter Andrea Thurn; nephew Kim and wife Tammy and nieces Dottie, Donna and Pam. He was a loving husband, father, and friend to all who knew him and his passing leaves a huge void in our lives. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 13 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Appalachian Funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 at New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Ernie Jamison, Rev. Mike Moore, and Rev. Tom Holden officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pall bears will be Glen Hooper, Caleb Moore, Kim Hooper, Donald Hooper, Jerry Morgan, and Kenny Hooper. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Brasstown Cemetery Fund c/o Sherry Hooper 94 Winnipeg Lane Sylva, NC 28779. Donations may also be made to New Hope Baptist Church Building Fund c/o Ginger Farmer, P.O. Box 245 Sylva, NC 28779.

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Earl Hooper was without a doubt one of the great educators of the 20th century in WNC. One only has to look at the accomplishments and recognition of Jackson county schools during his time as an administrator. He was only 36 years old as the Assistant Superintendent when he took the time to drive a young Teacher Corps Intern up to Little Canada to introduce him personally to the faculty. As he drove he shared, and as I much later figured out was teaching all the way up 281. He was always teaching by example as well as explicitly. Every teacher who came in contact with Mr. Hooper was better for it, and that accumulation of knowledge, perspective, understanding and caring translated into quality schools in the 60's, 70's, and 80's. Thank you Mr. Hooper, thank you.

Roy Douthitt Feb 22 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Sherry and Family, You have my thoughts and prayers. Your dad was a special person. He did a lot of good things for the Jackson County School System when he was superintendent. He was a very caring person for teachers and students. May you and your family find comfort and peace. Love and Prayers, Elizabeth Stillwell

Elizabeth Stillwell Feb 14 2019 12:00 AM

So Sorry to hear about Earl, our thought and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Jeff Justice Feb 13 2019 12:00 AM

Jean, Sherry and Rick, Very sorry for your loss. My God be with you during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Think of all the good memories y.ou had together. Love, Peggy C. Jones

Peggy Crawford Jones Feb 12 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss, always loved Earl, we were so very proud of him. Our family (Roy's children) will be praying for peace for your family....Scott, Susan and Cynde and families

Cynthia B Carroll Feb 12 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Nell Davis Beverly Davis and Joy Philip Feb 12 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Earl served on the Board of Trustees for Southwestern Community College where I was the finance officer and privileged to work with him . Even though I worked with Earl, I would have always remembered him. He was my teacher at Cashiers elementary and was called out of the room for a phone call. He returned, obviously upset and reported to the class that JFK had been shot.

George Stanley Feb 12 2019 12:00 AM

Our Deepest Sympathies during your loss, I fondly remember, Earl from visiting Great Aunt Della, Great Uncle Verge and family. Lifting you all in prayers now and days ahead. Love Len and Dorothys Daughter, DeRhonda

DeRhonda Passmore Marshall Bradley Feb 11 2019 12:00 AM

Love and prayers to the family of Earl Hooper sorry for your loss

Rhoda Passmore Howe Feb 11 2019 12:00 AM

Prayers for you all sweet family! Loved Earl a lot and all the family. Bertha Moss daughter Gail!

Gail Moss Bryson Feb 11 2019 12:00 AM

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