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Willard T. Hooper


Willard T. Hooper, age 85, of Yocana, died Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.  He was born on Wednesday, December 10, 1930 to Wayne Willie and Eliza Lott Hooper in Opal, Arkansas.
Willard served his country proudly in the United States Marines during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1954.  Willard worked for and retired from the maintenance department at the Polk County Housing Authority. He was a member of the Yocana Baptist Church.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and water skiing and listening to bluegrass music at the Turkey Track at Waldron. Willard was a member of the VFW and the Mena Elks Lodge. Willard was a loving companion, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, and will be missed by all who knew him.He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 52 years, Glenna Hooper; three brothers, Raymond Hooper, Kenneth Hooper, and Jake Hooper; one sister, Elvagene Hooper.

Willard is survived by his loving companion, Reba Stanfield of Mena; two sons and daughters in law, Ben and Johnnie Hooper of Little Rock and Rayland and Connie Hooper of Brookhaven, Mississippi; two step sons and daughters in law, Cecil and Misty McMellon of Mena and Archie and Jessica McMellon of Mena; two step daughters and son in law, Mina and Ron Anderle of Mena and Cindy Hill of Mena; one brother and sister in law, Harold and Norma Hooper of Benton, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Andrew Hooper and Crystal Hooper of Little Rock and Christopher Hooper of Brookhaven, Mississippi; four step grandchildren, Zachary Anderle , Cooper Anderle, Adileigh McMellon and Kaytlynn Parkin all of Mena; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.Funeral arrangements will be Saturday, February 27 at 10:00 A.M. at the Concord Baptist Church in Ink with Brother Donnie Jewell and Lynn Chiles officiating.  Internment will follow in the Concord Cemetery under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Visitation will be Friday, February 26, 2016 from 6 to 8 P.M. at the Bowser Funeral Home Chapel.

Pallbearers will be Zach Anderle, Jason Hooper, Ron Anderle, Tracy Hooper, Raymond Falls, Doug Nursery, Wayne McMillian, and Charles Escobar.
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