Mr. Hooten was born in Greenville on Dec. 16, 1939, to William Erie and Dorothy Fay Hooten. He was a Church of Christ member. He attended Paris Junior College, University of Texas, Arlington and East Texas State University, receiving a letter in football. He also served three years (1961-64) in the U.S. Army with an honorable discharge and the following accomplishments: Army Accommodation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, All-Army Halfback, Fort Lewis Judo Champion and Korean Weight Lifting Champion.
He had 45 years in broadcasting experience and was the former owner of Kicker 106. He also worked with Texas Gulfwest Communications as president and with stations in Abilene, Victoria, Corpus Christi, Lufkin/Nacogdoches, Bryan/College Station, Greenville, Dallas and Sherman/Denison. He served on several boards in the community including Bee Proud Bee Clean, Beeville Recreation and Parks Board and the Fourth of July Committee. He enjoyed working with the A.C. Jones High School sports program.
Survivors include one son, Doug (Judy) Hooten; a granddaughter, Isabella Tess; a brother, Doug (Sherrill) Hooten from Arlington; and Corrine Stokes, companion and caretaker.
A memorial service was held Thursday, Nov. 29, at Faith Lutheran Church in Beeville at 7 p.m. with Brother Don Taylor officiating. Interment will be held at a later date in Greenville.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to South Texas Children’s Home.