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Hooks, Ralph Lee

In Memoriam Ralph Lee Hooks
May 19, 1941 - November 11, 1999

Ralph Lee Hooks was the only son of William Earl and Eliza Barbee Hooks. He and his three sisters, Janice, Elizabeth Anne, and Vickie grew up on the family farm just outside Kenly, NC. As a child he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father. He also helped his father farm the family land. He entered first grade at Kenly High School and remained a student there until his graduation in 1960. He was a four-year member of the Future Farmers of America during high school. As a father, he remained active in the FFA as he supported the activities of his sons. His sons raised and sold livestock, and he supported both the sons and the livestock program with his active participation.

After graduation, he joined the United States Army and served in Frankfurt, Germany, until 1963.

On December 21, 1963, he married Patricia Price of Wilson, NC. The couple was blessed with three sons: Gary Ralph, born 1966; William Ricky, born 1968; and Alan David, born 1970. This young family resided on the family farm near Kenly. Ralph worked with Thurston Motor Lines and farmed with his father until 1970, after which he and his mother Eliza tended the Hooks family farm.

His hobbies of hunting and fishing continued and he shared his love of the outdoors with his sons. He was happy working with his beloved hunting dogs. He was also a great John Wayne fan, finding pleasure in movies and information about him.

In 1984, Ralph joined New Life Free Will Baptist Church. He was a member interested in the progress of the church, helping with the new building and growth of the church.

Ralph taught his sons three major lessons: 1) never lie; 2) do unto others as you would have others do unto you; and 3) work diligently and be self-reliant. Those lessons have served the boys well and the teachings continue to the grandchildren.

This memorial page was given in memory of Ralph Lee Hooks by the Kenly High School Class of 1960.

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