Robert Marshall Hooten of Avon died Sunday. He was 84.
Born July 23, 1929, he was the son of Marshall James Hooten and Thelma Katherine Lawrence-Hooten. He married Eileen Marie Hill on Aug. 8, 1952, at Duluth, Minn. She survives.
Mr. Hooten graduated from Arsenal Technical High School, Indianapolis, in 1947. He began work that same year as a locomotive fireman for the New York Central Railroad (B-Line-Oho Division) before serving in the Air Force for 45 months between 1949-52. Part of that time was in Okinawa, Japan. After being honorably discharged, he returned to the railroad and worked until resigning in 1980.
Mr. Hooten, having attended Englewood Christian Church in Indianapolis in his youth, was ordained to preach on May 2, 1976. He attended Freedom University from 1978-82, earning bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees in Christian education. His first pastorate was Dec. 21, 1978, at First Baptist Church in Attica. On Aug. 16, 1981, he became associate pastor at Independent Baptist Church and taught its fifth and sixth grades for one year while serving as its principal. From 1983-98 he was pastor of El-Bethel Baptist Church, then served as pastor of Cartersburg Community Church from 1999 to 2003 and New Winchester Christian Church from '03-13.
Also surviving are children Patricia Manship (Matt), Diane Jucha (Joseph), James Hooten (Vicki), Deborah Hooten-Keller (Mac), Carol Laminger (Larry), and Robert Hooten (Susan); 11 grandchildren, Chad, Josh, James, Jerrod, Wesley, Daniel, Rachel, Nathaniel, Amber, Grace, and Emma; eight great-grandchildren, Anastacia, Trent, Brayden, Layla, Maya, Connor, Jansen, and Natalie; and his sister, Sarah Billeisen (Bob).
A brother, Donald, and a great-grandson, Evan, preceded him in death
Services are 10 a.m. Aug. 22 at Conkle Funeral Home in Avon, with visitation there 3-8 p.m. Aug. 21. Entombment will be at Westridge Park Cemetery.