Mrs. Florine Jessie Hooker, 75, of Dalton, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Saturday evening, June 29, 2013, in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family.
Florine was born Aug. 11, 1937, in Jasper, Tenn., a daughter of the late Marvin E. and Annie Minerva West McCollum. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Helen Cardella Britt and her brothers, Freddie James McCollum, Eddie Alton McCollum and Billy Lee McCollum.
Florine was retired from Shaw Industries Plant No. 1 where she worked for more than 37 years. She was a devout Christian and was an active member of Welcome Hill Baptist Church. She was a very hard worker and loved her family and friends deeply. She was known for her collection of tea pots.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, James Hooker of the home; son, James Hugh “Jamie” Hooker of Dalton; daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Mark Rice of Chatsworth; granddaughter, Bethany LeAnn Hooker of Dalton; brother, Kenneth Lloyd McCollum of Dalton; sister, Darlene Thomas of Harrison, Tenn.; aunt, Edna Parker of Dalton; several nieces, nephews and many friends.
Services to celebrate the life of Mrs. Florine Jessie Hooker will be Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Welcome Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Scott Winters officiating.
She will be laid to rest at Fairy Valley Baptist Church Cemetery in Murray County. Mark Rice and the deacons of Welcome Hill Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at Ponders Melrose Chapel from 4 to 9 p.m. today and after 1 p.m. Tuesday until the service hour.
Arrangements are by Ponders Melrose Chapel, 138 Melrose Drive, Dalton; (706) 226-4002.