She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris E. “Hoot” Hooton, an Eastern Airlines Captain and a retired Navy Captain. Also preceding her was her loving companion of 28 years, Harold “Rod” McCard, a lifelong resident of Atlanta.
Jo Hooton was born January 7, 1924, in Beeville where she was raised. She graduated as salutatorian from A.C. Jones High School. She moved to Corpus Christi, where she was employed at the Naval Air Training Station. There she met her future husband, Lt. (j.g.) Morris Hooton. They were married in Brunswick, Maine, and lived at Brunswick Naval Air Station until the end of WWII.
Starting a flying career with the airlines, Jo and Hoot lived briefly in Boston, New York, and Miami, before settling in New Orleans for 15 years. They moved to Atlanta in 1965, where they lived on Echo Lake. After her husband’s death in 1970, Jo attended DeKalb Junior College, graduating in 1973, with a degree in X-ray technology with honors. Following a brief career as a technician, she worked for Brentano’s Bookstore and was a longtime counselor with Weight Watchers.
She attended Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
In the late 1970s, she met Rod McCard, an UGA alumnus, a sales representative with NL Industries, and a saxophonist with a band called The Mondernaires. They spent almost three decades traveling around the world, attending U.S.S. Essex reunions, watching Georgia football games and playing Modernaires concerts.
Mr. McCard died in 2005.
Jo Hooton is survived by her three children, James W. (Sharon) Hooton, Katherine (Bob) Standing and Dr. Philip L. (Donna) Hooton. She had six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Friday, July 15, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
Interment will be this fall at Marietta National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to:
3800 Woodbriar Trail
Fort Orange, FL 32129