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Mr. Jerry Hooks, Sr.

Jerry Dwayne Hooks, Sr., 81, peacefully entered into rest Monday, May 23, 2022, at Augusta University Medical Center. Mr. Hooks was born in Soperton, GA, in 1940 and was the son of the late Herbert and Minnie Mae (Kight) Hooks. Mr. Hooks had four siblings that he loved dearly. Mr. Hooks was an avid family man and amazing storyteller who cherished memories of growing up with his large family. He often reflected about his childhood and farm life in

South Georgia. Mr. Hooks is survived by his loving companion, Jean Hooks Waters; two sons, J. Dwayne Hooks, Jr., Michael Todd Hooks (Jody); his sister, Kay Hooks Pryor; his grandchildren, Zach Hooks (Katie), Hope Hooks Walker (Robert), Dylan Hooks, Chase Hooks, Madison Hooks, Revel Hooks; and his great-grandchildren, Liam-Todd Walker, and

Ivy-Lyn Walker. Mr. Hooks and his high school sweetheart and life-long love Ms. Jean Hooks Waters were 1960 graduates of the Academy of Richmond County. After graduation, Mr. Hooks was a successful insurance agent for many years with Nationwide Insurance company. He had many other successful small businesses ranging from restaurants to car dealerships. He also served the community as an elected Justice of the Peace.

Known as Papa, or Uncle Jerry to many, there was nothing that Mr. Hooks loved more than being outside, fishing, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren that he referred to as his “sunshines.”

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Herbert and Minnie Mae (Kight) Hooks; brother, Donald “Dinkie” Hooks; his sisters, Bonnie Claxton, Anita Palacz; and his daughter, Melody Hooks.

Funeral services were held from the chapel of Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors at 12 o’clock p.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2022, with Pastor Tony Rhodes officiating and Mr. Hooks’ nephews, Don Hooks, Philip Palacz, Stan Claxton, Jeff Hooks, Chuck Jarrell, John Claxton and Bryan Pryor, serving as Pallbearers. Interment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Augusta, GA.

Family received friends on Friday, May 27, 2022, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors, 2502 Richmond Hill Road, Augusta, GA, 30906.

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