James Gary 'Butch' Hooper

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James Gary “Butch” Hooper,  64, of Charleston, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at his home. 

He was of the Baptist faith. He was  a 1972 graduate of Tellico Plains High School.  He also attended Cleveland State Community College and retired from M&M Mars in 2007 after a lengthy career. 

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, music, guns and cars. Most of all, he loved being with family and friends and sharing his special humor. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Harley and Emma Sue Butler Hooper; and special friend, Frizzell Coleman. 

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, T.J. and Nicole Hooper of Strawberry Plains; former wife, Carmen Sheffey-Galyon of Athens; brother and sister-in-law, Rick and Jennifer Hooper of Newport;  nephews: Sean and Andy Hooper, both of Newport; nieces: Didi Barber (Seth) and Emi Farmer, all of Knoxville; special friends: Steve Webb, Ed Lynn, Jim Kirvan, Larry Davis, Deanna Baugh Brown, Amy Jones and Garry Prater; two great-nephews; and many cousins.

 The  funeral will take place at 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, at Biereley-Hale Chapel,  with the Rev. B.J. Wall officiating.  Interment takes place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday in New Providence Cemetery, Tellico Plains. 

Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. 

Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.


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