Paul D. “Don” Hooks, 84, of Hamel died on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, June 15 at First Baptist Church in Alhambra. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 15 at First Baptist Church in Alhambra, with the Rev. Mark Gause, pastor of First Baptist Church in Alhambra, and the Rev. Paul Daniel Hooks, pastor of West Gate Baptist Church in Trenton, officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Dauderman Mortuary in Hamel. Burial will be in Harris Cemetery in Alhambra.
He was born on April 12, 1931 in Granite City to Paul F. and Minnie L. (Schwark) Hooks. On March 3, 1956, he married Victoria Y. “Vickie” Johnson. She survives in Hamel.
Mr. Hooks grew up in Maryville and Edwardsville. He graduated from Edwardsville High School in 1949. He was drafted and served with the 82nd Airborne Division with the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954, when he was honorably discharged.
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He worked for A.O. Smith, and he farmed. He also worked for Steinmann Trucking and retired from ABF Trucking after 19 years, at the age of 77.
He enjoyed reading, country music and fishing.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Alhambra, a life member of VFW Post 1299 in Edwardsville, and he was a former Teamster.
Other survivors include sons, Charles Hunt “Chuck” (Janet) Hooks of Hamel, Jim W. (Marilynn) Hooks of Staunton and David Scott “Dave” (Linda) Hooks of Alhambra; grandchildren, the Rev. Paul Daniel (Heather) Hooks of Trenton, James David (Beth) Hooks of Godfrey, Matthew J. (Brenda) Hooks of Mount Olive, Audrey Marie (Josh) Peebles of Orem, Utah, Darren Scott (Betsy) Hooks of Lebanon and Jason David (Brooke) Hooks of Alhambra; and great-grandchildren, James Hunt Hooks of Trenton, Alexis Marie Hooks of Trenton, Lauren Allaine Hooks of Mount Olive, Faith Ann Hooks of Trenton and Benjamin Matthew Hooks of Mount Olive.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Horace Hunt Hooks; and sisters, Carroll Phelps and Lois Schneider.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Alhambra.