Sammy Hooper

Sammy Ray Hooper

Sunday, November 13th, 1938 - Friday, March 12th, 2021
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Sammy Ray Hooper was born in Odessa’s Headlee Hospital on November 13, 1938 to Emma Leone and Marven Lester Hooper. He spent his early years on the Eidson Ranch near Penwell. He attended North Elementary School until 1949, when the family moved to the Ranch House Grocery in Crane County. Sammy graduated from Crane High School in 1957 and from Texas Tech University in 1961. He married Nina Gayle Barr as they both finished school at Tech and began their first teaching jobs in Odessa. Sammy was a Christian and a member of the Church of Christ.
After teaching mathematics for 10 years in both Ector and Crane ISDs, he and Nina moved to the Glass-Everitt Ranch on Thanksgiving Day 1968 in the snow. They began their ranching career – raising good sheep, cattle and horses. Sammy served on the agricultural committee, Farm Service Agency, for 30 years. He thoroughly enjoyed his life work until on January 14, 2019, while saddling horses for the days work, he suffered a stroke from which he never recovered.
Sammy was preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nina, his 2 sons Shawn Ray Hooper and his wife Kellie of Midland and Kyle Robert Hooper and his wife Melissa of Andrews; 8 grandchildren, Storm Ray and wife Mycah of Midland, Michaeli Barrae and husband Chris Tom of Andrews, Brittain Knight and wife Maghan of Odessa, Noah Daniel and wife Alexus of Odessa, Jessica Gabrielle of Odessa, Vanessa Lee of NM, Samray Caleb of Andrews, Paydon Gayle and husband Dalton Kasel of Stephenville, Molly and Blake Merrill of Andrews and Jeremy Browder and Jazmine of Arlington, as well as 13 great grandkids; a brother, Gordon Hooper, a sister, Marvalee Mikkelsen and husband Kent of Rio Rancho, NM, a sister-in-law Sheila Carson and Casey of Odessa, as well as nieces and nephews and treasured friends.
Sammy was very thankful for the Lord’s provision and mercy throughout all the rains, droughts, fire and ice storms throughout the years. His grandchildren will be pallbearers.
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Gwen Faherty and family

Posted at 06:16pm
Sweet Nina. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I love you and your family and ask God to send Angels to comfort you. Sams waiting for us!
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Joyce Woody Perkins

Posted at 04:36pm
Sammy and my brother, John Woody, started school together in Odessa and then graduated together from Crane. Our families became friends while living in Penwell. We shared fun family times together over the many years of friendship. I extend sincere sympathies to Nina and her family and to Gordon and Marvalee, all long time friends. God bless you all.
Joyce Woody Perkins

Monty Gothard

Posted at 10:49pm
My life has been blessed by many people and experiences; Sammy Hooper was a large part of both the people and the experiences. I was a lucky kid who got the opportunity to day work for him during marking and branding seasons for sheep and cattle years ago. There were many experiences to be had and stories to remember, and those memories have always meant a great deal to me. Every time I drive by the ranch at the Caprock, I remember and smile. Thank you Sammy for that opportunity. I will always appreciate it.

The Ozborn and Burnett Family

Posted at 01:42pm
Praying for yall
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Jim Tom Butler

Posted at 05:58pm
Sammy was a year behind me in High School but when it came to football, we were always on the same team. We played together all 4 years in High School, however the most memorable team had to be the one in 1955 when we won District against some pretty strong opponents, then won Bi-district against a team that was supposed to run all over us. As a matter of fact, I believe that year just might have been the beginning of Coach Dan Andregg's winning legacy which continued for many years there after. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nina Gayle and the rest of the Hooper Family. Sammy will be missed by many.
A former Classmate and Friend, Jim Tom Butler

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