Samuel Hubert Hooper, also known as Sam or “Papa,” age 81 of Bon Aqua, died Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Horizon Medical Center in Dickson.

Born in McEwen, Tennessee, Sam was the son of the late James Hubert and Lassie Scarlett Hooper. He retired from AT&T several years ago where he had worked in operations since his original job with the former Western Electric. For the past 18 years, he has worked for the Farmers’ Co-Op in Fairview. Sam was a member of Elmore Church of the Nazarene in Primm Springs where he loved the people and worked tirelessly in several capacities. He had a special love for horses and enjoyed participating in trail rides. His favorite job was his role as loving husband, father, “Papa” and great-grandfather!

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Forsee Hooper; his son, Stephen Hooper; his grandson, Tyler McGahey; and by several of his siblings.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Ray McGahey, Bon Aqua; his special niece, Pam Neal (Brad), Daytona, Florida; four grandchildren, Kyle McGahey (Lisa), of Spring Hill, TN, Ariel McGahey Clark (Andrew), of Jackson, TN, Samuel McGahey and Zachariah McGahey, both of Bon Aqua; great-grandchildren, Ella, Abby, and Asa McGahey; sister, Nancy Elkins, Brentwood, TN; great-nieces and nephews, Blake Neal (Christina), Nicholas Neal, and Caroline Fox (Anthony), all of Florida; several other nieces, nephews, cousins, co-workers, and friends.

Funeral services: 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12, 2021 from the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Pastor Brian Adkisson officiating. Interment in Memory Gardens in Centerville.

Family receiving friends on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Kyle McGahey, Samuel McGahey, Zachariah McGahey, Andrew Clark, Blake Neal, and Nicholas Neal are pallbearers.

For those desiring, memorials are suggested to Elmore Church of the Nazarene, 5984 Dog Creek Rd., Primm Springs, TN 38476 or Freedom Reigns Ranch, 1725 Barker Rd., Thompson’s Station, TN 37179. Or, in-person memorials to either may be made through the Taylor Funeral Home office.

Services are under the direction of Taylor Funeral Home.

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