More detail on this person: CHARLIE DOCK HOOKS SR. NEW BERN - Early Sunday morning, January 2, 2000, as the sun crept over the pines, Charlie Dock Hooks, Sr. peacefully passed on, at his Trent Woods home, surrounded by his family. The 74 year old retired realtor and Army aviator was the co-founder of Tyson & Hooks Realty in New Bern, NC and was a highly decorated triple-war veteran, hav- ing courageously served in WWII Korea and Vietnam. Charlie was born October 12, 1925 at his parent's Pitt County farm home, just outside Winterville, NC. He was one of eight children born to Earnest Arnold Hooks and Lena Magnolia (Everette) Hooks. He graduated from Winterville High School in 1942 and attended UNC- Chapel Hill at the early age of 16. He entered the United States Navy serv- ing his country as one of our nations early Navy Frogmen in the South Pacific. At the end of WWII, he returned home to marry his high school sweetheart, Dolly Frances Beddard, of Winterville, NC. Charlie found his niche as a hus- band, father and patriot. In many ways the course of Charlie's life was charted by the times, as he moved from one military conflict to anoth- er. Charlie is well remembered by his comrades in arms as a daring and dependable soldier and pilot having completed numerous combat missions in both Korea and Vietnam. Despite his direct involvement with world events, his heart was always at home. In 53 years of marriage Charlie and his wife, Dolly, raised and nurtured five children, three daughters and two sons. In 1968, Charlie retired from the military and returned with his fami- ly to his roots in eastern North Caro- lina. His quick wit, keen mind, un- mistakable smile and personality combined with his finely honed skills as an officer and gentleman made for an easy transition as an entrepre- neur and community leader. In addi- tion to developing a very successful business, he was a charter member and founder of Colony Baptist Church, a member of the Lion's Club, a Paul Harris Fellow Rotarian a member of New Bern Golf and Country Club, a baseball coach, a mentor, a role model, and friend to many. Charlie is survived by his wife Dolly Beddard Hooks; five children Brenda Hooks Harris and husband Michael of Indiatlantic, Fl., Debbie Hooks deJong and husband Dereck C. Dock Hooks Jr. and wife Lisa of New Bern, NC., Jeannie Hooks Dukes and husband Ray of Summer- ville, SC, Rodney Byrun Hooks and wife Shari of Rota, Spain; eight grandchildren, Mike Harris and wife Shannon, Brent Harris and wife Kelly, Micky Hooks, Charlie Hooks III, Donnie Kokes, April Kokes Lindsay Dukes and Casey Dukes. Charlie is also survived by his broth- ers, Tommy, Pete, and Linwood and sisters Louise and Estelle. A viewing will be held at Cotton Funeral Home on the evening of Tuesday, January 4, 2000. A memori- al service will be held at Colony Baptist Church on Wednesday Janu- ary 5 at 10:30 a.m. Following the memorial service, military honors will be rendered at New Bern National Cemetery.
Burial information: New Bern National Cemetery, New Bern, NC
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