William M. Hooper

William M. Hooper

Smithfield, VA
06.20.1930 - 01.31.2020
North Carolina
Served in the

William (Bill) Meekins Hooper, 89, passed away in Smithfield, Virginia, on January 31, 2020. He was born on June 22, 1930, in Stumpy Point, NC, to Alonzo Calvin Hooper and William Rebecca Meekins.

Bill spent most of his childhood in Stumpy Point surrounded by his grandparents and many cousins fishing and playing baseball. While teaching at Camden High School he met Lois Johnson. They were married May 14, 1954, in Elizabeth City, NC. He served in the US Army from 1954-1956 as a Communications Specialist. He served in many positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and helped found Albemarle Academy. The family moved to Smithfield, VA, in 1971 as he became headmaster at Isle of Wight Academy. Throughout his career, he was a devoted educator and coach (Girls Basketball, Girls Softball, and Boys Football). Lois passed away in 1986. In 1988, he married Marjorie Jones. Later in life, he loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved his garden and beloved Duke Blue Devils and St Louis Cardinals. He is revered by the family for his fudge, fig preserves, and French toast.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lois Elizabeth Johnson. He is survived by his wife Marjorie Jane Jones, and children: Mike (Liz) Hooper, Debra (Andrew) Cutler, Sidney (Missy) Hooper, Steve (Lanae) Hooper, Lisa (Tom) Sumrak, Chris (Julia) Hooper, and David Jones. He is adored by his 24 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. We look forward to seeing him again.

A family visitation will be held Thursday, February 6, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 4759 Bennetts Pasture Road, Suffolk, Virginia. The funeral service will be held Friday, February 7, at 1 p.m. at the same address. Following the service, the family will receive visitors in the Church Hall. The graveside service will be a private family gathering. Donations can be made to Isle of Wight Academy Annual Fund, 17111 Courthouse Hwy., Isle of Wight, Va  23397. Baker- Foster Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFh.com.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
4759 Bennetts Pasture Rd.
Suffolk , VA 23435
United States

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
4759 Bennetts Pasture Rd.
Suffolk , VA 23435
United States


I had just wrecked the drivers ed car. I am on the phone in the school office at the counter notifying my mom. And all she can do is ask if I am alright. She was very shaken up.

"Yes mom... Yes... I am ok...Mom...Everyone else is ok, Yes mom...I am ok....Mom...Yes mom...I am ok..."

I feel so bad. When I got home that evening I knew it was only going to get worse. Dad would not be as sympathetic. I felt so rotten and miserable.

But I glanced out of the corner of my eye. I will never forget the Mr. Hooper sitting at his desk trying desperately to suppress a huge belly laugh. I must have added hours on to his day with more paperwork. But he could laugh at the situation and know his day was not all that bad in comparison. I felt better and knew I would get through it.

"Mom...it's ok...Mr Hooper is laughing at me right now." With that Mr. Hooper let loose. Mom could hear him. Finally, that convinced her I was alight. He was the best.


Chris, sorry to hear about the passing of your father. May he Rest In Peace. Jim Clark (Jim’s Distributing).

Jim Clark

God bless the Hooper family. Mr. Hooper had such an impact on so many IWA families, and surely will be missed. I'm sorry I couldn't make the visitation to see them and so many others paying their respects to such a loving family!

David Bailey

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