James Ernest Hooser, 86, of Frost passed away Monday, July 10, 2017. He was born Feb. 15, 1931, to Ernest and Anne Faye Hooser in Frost.
After graduating Frost High School in 1948, he attended Navarro College where he was part of the first group of students known as the Barracks Bunch. From there he went on to Texas A&M University and Sam Houston State University, where he graduated in 1956 with a degree in Agriculture Education. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. After graduation, he returned to Frost to run the family farm, which began in the 1880s. He started farming with two hard-tail mules and a one-row plow and remained in operation through auto-steer tractors and satellite imagery.
Jimmy's heart for service was evident in his community involvement. He was a member of the Frost City Council for 44 years and a deacon of the Frost Baptist Church. In recognition of his 18 years of service on the Navarro College Board of Trustees, a student dormitory, Jimmy Hooser Hall, was named in his honor. He was also on the board of directors for the Federal Land Bank Association in Corsicana for 20 years.
Jimmy brought his passion for farming to the community he loved and served. He was an active member of the Navarro County Extension Program for over 30 years and was a supporter and buyer in the Navarro County Youth Exposition for over 50 years. Along with Dr. Ray Dean Carroll, they donated calves for the first Youth Expo Sale Dinner and BBQ in 1976. His involvement encouraged generations of Hooser participation in the NYCE.
Jimmy was most passionate about three things: farming, Frost and family. His lifelong love for farming brought him tremendous joy and pride, and it inspired the next generation of farmers. He tended to his beloved hometown of Frost with the same care he used to tend to his crops and cattle, often advocating to have cemetery weeds and grass mowed, and potholes paved. But the cornerstone of his life was family. He loved being "Pops" to his grandchildren and was so proud of what his children had become. His love, hard work ethic, and strong values will live on in the family he cherished and the land he loved for generations to come.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Gwynne Hooser McCormick, and wife of 46 years, Kay Hammonds Hooser.
He is survived by his wife, Kyra Kelley Hooser; his two children and their spouses, James and Lisa Hooser of Corsicana and Will and Ann Hooser Adamson of Longview; and Kyra's children, Jimmy McAdams and Candace McAdams Pugatch and her husband Eric Pugatch. He is also survived by grandchildren Carly Hooser, Sam Hooser, Andrew Adamson, Caroline Adamson, Adrian McAdams, Parker Pugatch, and Emma Pugatch. He also leaves behind numerous beloved nieces and nephews as well as many devoted life-long employees and their families.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 17, 2017, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Frost High School Performing Arts Center. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Frost Cemetery at P.O. Box 178 Frost, TX 76641, the Frost Food Pantry, 217 N. Garitty St., Frost, TX 76641, and/or Frost Baptist Church 101 E. Stroud St. Frost, TX 76641
An online guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
Published on July 13, 2017