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Obituary: William Baughn Hooten, Columbus

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Mockernut Court

William Baughn Hooten, 82, of Mockernut Court, Columbus, died at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014, at his home.

Bill was born October 19, 1931, in Marion Township, Decatur County, the son of Loren Ray and Laura Marie Davis Hooten. He married Shirley Baugh Cox on January 3, 1969, in Columbus.

He graduated from Sandcreek High School in 1950 after attending Hazelrigg, a one-room schoolhouse in Marion Township, during his grade school years. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A U.S. Air Force veteran, he served from 1952 to1956 during the Korean Conflict and retired from Cummins Engine Company in 1988 after 32 years of service. After that he worked at Instant Products of America for several years and finished his career at David’s Inc. in 2009.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Baugh Hooten of Columbus; daughters, Cindy (Jeremy) Thompson of Columbus, Cathy Boilanger of Madison and Letty (Sam) Greer of Franklin; sons, Robert Ray (Susie) Hooten of Franklin and Wade (Valerie) Hooten of Columbus; a stepdaughter, Joyce McQueen of Camby; stepsons, J.D. Cox of Jackson, Michigan, and Raymond D. Cox of Columbus; grandchildren, Amanda (Doug) Dinn of North Vernon, Crissy (Mike) Trimnell of Columbus, Shawna (Joe) McGuire, of Verona, Wisconsin, Scott and Jaimee McQueen of Indianapolis, Sissy (Scott) Engle of Indianapolis, April (Dustin) Perkins of Janesville, Brad (Valerie) Brown of Greenwood, Skylar Hinrichs of Jackson, Michigan, Dominique Cox of Charleston, South Carolina, Damian Cox of Dayton, Ohio, and Lindsey and Liam Thompson of Columbus; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Gene (Sherry) Hooten of North Vernon; sisters, Rita (Tilford) Hoover of Columbus and Frances (Terry) Baker of Ellettsville; half sisters, Lu Stevens of Greensburg, Le (Todd) Biehle of North Vernon, and Beth (Mercer) Spillman of Orlando, Florida.

The funeral will be held Monday morning, June 2, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3330 30th St., with Bishop Jesse Shoaf officiating. Burial will be in New Harmony Cemetery with military honors provided by Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard. Friends and relatives may call at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home on Sunday, June 1, from 2 to 6 p.m., and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.

Preceding him in death were his father and mother; an infant son, William Howard Hooten; his stepfather, Clarence Badgley; and a brother, Don Hooten.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

You are invited to view his video tribute after 2 p.m. Sunday, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the Internet.

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