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Mrs. W.H. Hooper Buried Here Wednesday

Published in The Moran News on Thursday, Feb. 28, 1935.


Mrs. W.H. Hooper, former resident of Moran, passed away Tuesday morning at the home of her son, E.A. Hooper, in Abilene. Mrs. Hooper bad been in failing health for some time and for the past six weeks had been confined to her bed.

Mrs. Hooper was born in Springfield, Mo., July 17, 1858, being 76 years, 7 months and 9 days of age. She was married to William Howell Hooper July 11, 1877. Her maiden name was Miss. Margaret Jane Wilkerson. Mr. and Mrs. Hooper lived in Oklahoma, and in 1921 moved to Moran. (note 1) These people and their fine family of children made a host of friends in Moran. Mrs. Hooper was a devout Christian, being a member of the Methodist church at Abilene at the time of her death. She united with the Church of Christ at the age of 12, and joined the Methodist a number of years ago with her husband. Mr. Hooper passed away here June 3, l929.

A few years ago Mrs. Hooper moved to Abilene with her son, E.A. Hooper, with whom she made her home until her death.

Mr. and Mrs. Hooper were the parents of nine children, six of whom survive. They are, E.A. Hooper, Abilene; I.H. Hooper; Lawton, Okla.; Mrs. L.T. Whitlow, Rule; (Texas), Mrs. Etta Oakes, San Antonio; Mrs. L.C. Smith, Marlin, (Texas); Mrs. C.F. Mantooth, Marlin (Texas). One brother and one sister survive; Tom Wilkerson and Mrs. E.M. Deeds. Twenty-four grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren also survive.

The body was brought to Moran Wednesday afternoon where funeral services were held at the local Methodist church. A large crowd of Moran friends were present, and a number of friends from Abilene and other points were present. Services were held at 2:00 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Luther Kirk of Abilene. Dr. McKowen and Rev. J.H. Crawford assisted in the services. Dr. McKowen, who had personally known Mrs. Hooper for many years, paid a beautiful tribute to her life. Two songs were rendered by Messrs. J.A. and A. B. Cockrell.

Following the service at the church the body was laid to rest in the Moran cemetery beside the grave of her husband.

Pallbearers were J.B. Walls, A.B. Cockrell, J.A. Cockrell, of Abilene; and R.Y. Black, Oscar Wise and Floyd C. Pool of Moran. A large floral offering was sent by friends of the family. The friends of the family here extend sympathy.


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