Stanford native Jessie Hocker dies, was Air Force officer

obituaries for Nov. 25

November 25, 2003

STANFORD - Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Jessie S. Hocker II, 71, of Irving, Texas, formerly of Stanford, died Monday in Irving.

A graduate of the University of Kentucky, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force through ROTC.

Hocker entered the Air Force in 1954 and completed pilot training in 1956.

During his 30-year career, he flew 25 AF bomber, fighter, reconnaissance, tanker, cargo and trainer aircraft.

A command pilot with more than 8,000 flying hours, he was an instructor pilot in the B-47 and B-52 bombers and the F-4 fighter.

He had flown the U-2, the TR-1 reconnaissance aircraft and was one of a small number of pilots to have flown the SR-71 "blackbird" which is the world's fastest aircraft.


Hocker served tours in Vietnam, both as a fighter and a bomber, and was highly decorated, including being the recipient of a distinguished service medal, distinguished flying cross and several other commendations.

He flew a total of 227 combat missions.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1984, Hocker worked for Intertek Service Corp. in Dallas.

He was owner and president of PetroChem International Corp. from 1988 until 1997 when he sold the business.

Born May 26, 1932, in Stanford, he was a 1950 graduate of Stanford High School. He graduated in 1954 from UK with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity.

He also had a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

His military service schools included Squadron Officer School, Industrial College of the Armed Forces and Air Command and Staff College.

He was a member, deacon and elder of Irving North Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Georgia Lee Cox Hocker; two sons, Jesse S. Hocker III of Grapevine, Texas, and George B. Hocker of Lexington; and three grandsons.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Irving North Christian Church.

Funeral and burial will be held at a later date in Stanford.

Memorials may go to Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton, Mass., Irving North Christian Church or the American Cancer Society.

Fox Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Jessie L. Carter

HARRODSBURG - Jessie Lee Carter, 84, of Harrodsburg, died Wednesday in Garrard County.

Born March 9, 1919, he was the son of the late William G. and Nannie L. Sallee Carter.

He was a World War II veteran having served in the Army in the Pacific Theatre.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County by B.J. Taylor.

Visitation will be 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home.

Alvin R. Hannah

WAYNESBURG - Alvin R. Hannah, 57, of Waynesburg, died Monday at his home.

Born July 31, 1946, in Casey County, he was the son of Ottis Hannah of Kings Mountain and the late Marie Bastin Hannah.

He was a farmer, attended Locust Grove Baptist Church and was a member of Kings Mountain Christian Church.

Others survivors include his wife, Connie G. James Hannah of Waynesburg; a son, Curtis J. Hannah of Danville; two daughters, Stacy Johnson of Stanford and Erin Hannah of Nashville; a sister, Rita Cash of Burnside; and six grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Barnett & Demrow Funeral Home by the Revs. John Dean and Mike James.

Burial will be in Dunham Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dallas Rayborn, Neal Johnson, Kerry Johnson, Roger Board, Charles Cash and David Suits.

Visitation will be after 6 p.m. today.

Memorials may go to the American Heart Association.

Maggie Sparkman

WAYNESBURG - Maggie Sparkman, 77, of Waynesburg, died today at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. She was the wife of Fred Sparkman. Arrangements are incomplete at Barnett & Demrow Funeral Home.


Harry F. Fitzpatrick

Services for Harry Fox Fitzpatrick, 90, formerly of Pleasantwood Drive, were today at Stith Funeral Home by the Rev. Tommy Valentine. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery.

He died Saturday at Charleston Health Care Center.

Pallbearers were Bob Bootes, Doug Vean, Jerry Boyd, Mike Perros, Logan Fox Spoonamore, Jim Trachsel, Mike Swain and Jim Kelly.

Honorary pallbearers were Butch Godfey, Johnny Harmon and Preston Richardson.

Memorials may go to Heritage Hospice or A Closer Walk at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church.

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