James “Jim” Raleigh Hooten, age 61, of Mena passed away Monday, January 26, 2015 in Mena.
He was born September 4, 1953 in Corona, California to the late Samuel Victor Hooten and Beatrice Lillian Loope Hooten. He was happily married for 35 years to Mary Kathleen Donaldson Hooten. Jim was a Laser Technician instructor by profession and worked at Rice University for nine years and taught at Texas State Tech College in Waco, Texas for seven years. He loved the Lord, his church and was a very dedicated Christian. Jim was extremely intelligent and a “jack” of all trades. He also loved cedar woodworking, motorcycling, Triumph motorcycles, gardening, and was very well known in the laser community. Jim had a high degree of honor, integrity, selfless service, and was truly loved by everyone who knew him. He was a loving and kind husband, father, grandfather “pepaw”, son, brother and friend to all.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Hooten of the home; son, Samuel Scott Bruno and wife Tiffany of The Colony, Texas; daughters, Kelly Workman and husband Raymond of Keller, Texas, Rachael Bruno of Keller, Texas; grandchildren, Alexander James Bruno, Deanna Marie Roberson, Ashley Hargrave, Kylie Hargrave, Elijah Bruno; great-grandchildren, Kathleen Roberson and Isaiah Bruno; mother, Beatrice Lillian Hooten; brothers and sisters, Laurie Jones and husband John of San Antonia, Texas, Kathryn McDonald and husband Forrest of Whitney, Texas, Mary Hougay and husband Ken of California, Ivy Shafer and husband Paul of Krum, Texas,
Samuel Hooten of Waco, Texas, Grace Rothrock and husband Steve of Weatherford, Texas, Roger Hooten and wife Sabrina of Krum, Texas; extra-extra special friend, Robin Elledge; and many more special and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Hooten.
Memorial service will be Saturday, January 31, 2015, 2:00 p.m. at Christ Church at Mountain Fork with Brother Dino Weingarten and Brother Steve Rothrock officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.