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HOOKER, WALTER

HOOKER, WALTER

HOOKER, WALTER

HOOKER, Walter Levering, passed away unexpectedly on December 8, 2014, near his Boca Grande, Fla. home. Walter was born at Stuart Circle Hospital in Richmond, Va., on April 30, 1944. He was the only child of Mary Jane Levering Hooker and Walter Zebulon Hooker. He attended St. Christopher's School for 13 years and after graduation, attended The University of Virginia, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. His job as social chairman was the perfect fit for his bright countenance and skills as a host. Upon graduation from UVA, he entered the U.S. Army and went through basic training at Fort Dix, N.J. and OCS at Fort Benning, Ga. In 1967, while still in OCS, he married Mary Anne Lanier, his Hollins College sweetheart. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry and was ordered to Illeshein, Germany, where he honorably served our country with the 4th Armored Division in Europe. While in Europe, he was assigned to NATO and went on specialized training missions to England, Belgium and Greece. In August of 1969, Walter returned with his young family to Richmond. After studying law at the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, Walter practiced law in Henrico County for 40 years, during which time he was a founder of The Henrico Bar Association, amongst many other notable achievements. Walter was a good man who was loved by all who knew him. He was generous with his time and talents. He was always willing to lend a hand to help an individual or a whole organization. Thus, Walter was very involved in many aspects of the Richmond Community that he loved so dearly. Walter was a founding board member of the innovative 1708 gallery in the 1970s, and tirelessly chaired a committee, which procured auction items for Richmond Ballet's Wine Auction for a decade. Walter served faithfully as an usher at St. James's Episcopal Church. He and Mary Anne traveled to Honduras on a mission trip for St. James's and as always, Walter's unflagging smile and "can do" attitude made toiling in the tropical sun endurable for all. Walter had an abiding love of the Chesapeake Bay or any open water where he could sail, fish or just watch a sunset with a few of his many lifelong friends. Walter loved doing anything outdoors, especially playing golf or just walking with his beloved dogs, Izzy and Lulu. He was a respected member of many organizations and clubs and continued that dedication to his community when he and his wife, Mary Anne, moved to Florida after his retirement. Walter was devoted to the love of his life, his wife, Mary Anne, and their two children and was an enthusiastic grandfather to each of his six grandchildren, whom he adored. Walter is survived by his son, Walter Levering Hooker Jr. of Aspen, Colo.; the father of his four beloved grandsons, Thomas Hooker, Ross Hooker, Ryan Hooker and Austin Hooker; his daughter, Laurie Hooker McCarthy; son-in-law, Bill McCarthy; and their two beautiful daughters, Mary McCarthy and Katie McCarthy; along with countless friends in both Florida and Virginia, who will miss his bright eyes and warm smile. His endearing spirit will remain with us always. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 17, at 11 a.m. at St. James's Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va. and a later service is being planned for the spring at St. Andrew's (Continued...) HOOKER (continued) Episcopal Church in Boca Grande, Fla.The family of Walter Hooker extends our heartfelt thanks for the outpouring of prayers, concern and support. It means more than you will ever know. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Richmond Ballet for the benefit of the Stoner Winslett Scholarship Fund or St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 272, Boca Grande, Fla. 33921.

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