Billy Don Hooper

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Billy Don Hooper, of Canyon Lake, Texas entered into eternal rest on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at the age of 81 surrounded by family, friends and Pastor Kimberly Burke. Many cherished memories of Billy Don better known as “Hoop” to his family and friends will be forever treasured. Hoop was born in Cushing, Oklahoma on October 5, 1934 to parents Lee Lafayette and Elizabeth Ellen Hooper. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Derwood and Claude, his sister Mildred Benjamin and his beloved daughter Paula Denise HooperSimon. He is survived by his wife, his high school sweetheart Barbara Jo “Bobbie Jo” Hooper with whom he enjoyed 61 years of marriage, his sister Mary Lee Grandberry, his son Bill Devin Hooper who was the “apple of his eye” and wife Terri, their children Devon and Reya Hooper, Melanie Zuniga Rapp, Ryan and Megan Zuniga, and the children of Paula, Christopher Brassard, and Cassandra and Spencer Simon. Hoop, a devout “Boomer Sooner” fan spent his early childhood years working on the family farm in Temple, Oklahoma, operating a farm tractor starting at the early age of 5. He moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1971, worked 21 years at USAA where he held various positions and designations in the Property and Casualty division. He directed numerous catastrophe teams during his tenur e at USAA ensuring members received optimal service while under his leadership. After leaving USAA, he continued his career working for various insurance companies as companies were always trying to get him to work for their organization. Hoop and Bobbie Jo moved to Canyon Lake, Texas in 1995 and together enjoyed viewing many beautiful sunsets overlooking Canyon Lake sitting on their back porch. He was a Charter Member of the North Shore United Methodist Church and member of the United Methodist Men’s ministry. Hoop was deeply devoted to his church and enjoyed spending time with his church family, barbequing for church fundraisers and participating on committees to continue growing the church he loved. He was an avid gardener,  bridge player, golfer, fisherman, hunter and formidable dominoes opponent. We will miss his distinctive laugh, unique sense of humor, embracing “bear hugs” and most of all the exceptional wisdom he shared with those he so dearly loved. Memorial contributions are sincerely appreciated to North Shore United Methodist Church Memorial Fund in lieu of flowers. To celebrate Hoop’s life, a memorial service officiated by Senior Pastor Kimberly Burke will be held on Monday, November 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at North Shore United Methodist Church 23880 North Cranes Mill Road (off FM 306) Canyon Lake, Texas 78133

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