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Joy Fern Hooker

Joy Fern Hooker, age 79, of Mena, died Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at her home.  She was born on Tuesday, February 7, 1938 to Harris Clyde Walker and Dixie Belle Thomas in DeQueen, Arkansas.
She and her family moved to Cove, when she was 5 years old. Joy graduated from Van-Cove High School in 1955, and then attended Texarkana Business College in Texarkana, Arkansas. She married Earl Hooker in October, 1956, where they lived in Texarkana, Dallas, Texas and DeQueen, and then moved to Mena in 1967. She and her husband bought Walker Construction Company in 1970 where she worked as a secretary and bookkeeper. They loved to travel in their RV and visited 48 states, Alaska, and parts of Canada. Joy was a lifetime members of International Good Sam RV Club, belonged to Tri-Lakes Good Sam RV Club, Charter Members of Queen Wilhelmina Good Sam RV Club, and Charter Member of Cossatot Good Sam RV Club. They worked with Arkansas Special Olympic for several years. Joy was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Clyde & Dixie Walker, husband, Earl Wayne Hooker, Sr., her son, Earl Wayne Hooker Jr. and her sister- Betty Walker.
Joy is survived by her daughters and sons in law, Teri and Harl Blair of Fort Worth, Texas and Charla and Rick Hollin of Mena, six grandchildren, Greg Blair and wife, Kara of Roswell, Georgia, Sara Blair Roark and husband, Craig of Fort Worth, Texas, Deedra Hooker of Mena, Brent Hooker and wife, Sydney of Beebe, Arkansas, Eric Hollin and wife, Toby of Mena, Kayla Castor and  husband, Rodney of Mena;  seven great grandchildren, Carter and Braelynn Blair of Roswell, Georgia,  Cooper and “soon to be born” Eli Roark of Fort Worth, Texas, Kooper and Kashlyn Hollin of Mena, Tatum Castor of Mena, Chisum and “soon to be born“ Barrett Hooker of Beebe, Arkansas; one sister, Dixie Dickson and husband, George of Texarkana, Arkansas; brother Dale Walker and wife, Joe Ann of Cove; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home with Brother R.L. Clark officiating.  Interment will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.  Visitation will be Friday, April 28, 2017 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.
Pallbearers will be grandsons Greg Blair, Brent Hooker, Craig Roark, Eric Hollin, and Rodney Castor.
In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Nursing Scholarship Fund, C/O Tammy Young 1100 College Drive, Mena, Arkansas 71953 or to the Arkansas Special Olympics Area 14, C/O Jeff Dyer, 327 West 5th, Booneville, Arkansas 72927.
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Online Guestbook:  www.bowserffh.com

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