In Memoriam
J.  D.  Hooper


     TAHLEQUAH -- Funeral services for  J.D. Hooper , 56, of Tahlequah, were Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, at the Reed-Culver Chapel, with  Rev. Gil Hooper (Cls'69) officiating. Burial followed in the Greenleaf Cemetery under the direction of the Reed-Culver Funeral Home in Tahlequah. 
        Pallbearers are J.D. Hooper Jr., Cobey Soap, John Hooper, Timothy Walters, A.J. Watkins and John Watkins. Honorary pallbearers are Harry Glenn Tyon, Harold Bruce Tyon, Robert Tyon, Billy Watkins, Dale O'Neal, Tony Hunnicutt, Jimmy Lee Watkins and Dale Wayne Watkins. 

        J.D. was born Dec. 20, 1946, in Tahlequah, the son of John and Pearl (Breeden) Hooper, and he passed from this life Wednesday, July 30, 2003, in Tulsa. 

        He graduated from  Sequoyah High School  in 1965, where he played both football and basketball. J.D. married  Twyla L. Tyon  (Cls'65) Nov. 22, 1965, in Kansas City, Mo. He attended Connors State College in Warner and later transferred to Northeastern State University. He graduated from NSU is 1974 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. J.D. worked for Sequoyah High School and later began driving trucks. The last company he worked for was DMT Trucking in Springdale, Ark. J.D. enjoyed hunting, fishing, family activities and spending time with his grandchildren. He was of the Baptist faith. 

J.D. was preceded in death by his father, and two sisters, Rhonda and Linda O'Neal. 

        He is survived by his wife Twyla Hooper of the home; his mother, Pearl O'Neal of Independence, Mo.; three daughters, Tonya Soap and husband Cobey of Tahlequah, Tanya Hooper and Tara Hooper, both of the home; two sons, J.D. Hooper Jr. and John Hooper, both of Tahlequah; three sisters, Sandy Rock of Tahlequah, Terri Singleton of Raytown, Mo., and Pamela Green of Kansas City, Mo.; one brother, Dale O'Neal of Independence, Mo.; nine grandchildren, Cody Hooper, Ashley Hunnicutt, Ashton Barnoskie, Ashlynn Barnoskie, Stoney Barnoskie II, Cheyenne Soap, Caleb Soap, Chelsi Pruitt and Jacob Pruitt; as well as a host of other loved ones and friends.  
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