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Doug Hooten, 74, of Arlington passed away July 20, 2017, at the Watkins Logan Veteran Home in Tyler, Texas. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 26, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home with Bro. Casey Perry officiating. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. There will be a military graveside service at 2:15 p.m. at the D/FW National Cemetery.
Doug was born in Greenville, Texas, Nov. 14, 1942, to William and Dorothy Garven Hooten. He married Cheryl Blacker on Feb. 14, 2001, in Dallas, Texas. Doug had a love for sports and was active in the Greenville Athletics during his school days. He was proud of being a three-year letterman for football, All-District fullback, All-District cornerback; three-year letterman in basketball; and three-year letterman in track. After graduation he signed a four-year scholarship with Oklahoma State but had to come home early due to his father's illness. He played defensive end and fullback for East Texas State University. He was instrumental in starting the football program for Evangel Temple and also coached track.
Doug was a veteran serving with the U.S. Army during Vietnam. During his service he received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Army Commendation First Oak Leaf Cluster. He worked for 35 years with Minyard, retiring as grocery manager. He was a member of Mayfield Baptist Church in Arlington.
Doug is survived by his wife, Cheryl Hooten; son James Hooten; daughter Amy Dodgen; grandchildren Amber Gant, Alec Sheats, Noah Sheats, Jimmy Hooten, Morgan Miller, Ethan Miller, and Linsey Dodgen; great-grandchildren Allisa England and Kayden Stanford; and nephew Doug (Little Doug) Hooten.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Billy Wayne Hooten, and dog Gizmo.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Allen, Harry Bond, Ray Montgomery, Ralph Parks and William Rhodes. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren; friends Glen Anderson, John Burrell, Jerry Jolly, Linda Moore, Sam Perry, Mark Sheats and members of the Greenville High School Class of 1961.
Published on July 24, 2017
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