Samuel (Sammy) Lee Hooks was born on January 20th 1956 in McRae, Georgia. He married the love of his life, Ellen on July 25th 1973 at the age of 17. He did anything needed to provide for his family of four and spent 33 years working at Rock Tenn. Not only did he work hard to provide for his family’s physical needs, but he was a very fun, devoted, compassionate and loving husband, father, and grandfather. Some of the things he enjoyed doing with his family were camping, fishing, watching the Georgia Bulldogs and playing cards. He was the ultimate “Jack of all Trades.” There wasn’t much he couldn’t fix and he loved to work on antique cars. Anyone that knew him was amazed at his strength and determination. He fought many medical complications throughout his life. From a kidney transplant at the age of 33, to open heart surgery, and recovery from a stroke, he was a fighter. He continued to fight through a diagnosis of melanoma cancer that spread to many parts of his body. He was surrounded by family as the Lord called him home on April 22nd at Northeast Georgia Medical Center at the age of 67, just 3 months short of his and Ellen’s 50th wedding anniversary.
Sammy was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Buford & Ettie Lee Rowe Hooks; brothers, Russell Hooks, Billy Hooks, David Hooks, & Daniel Hooks.
He is survived by his wife (Ellen Hooks), son (Kyle Hooks), daughter (Tori Kelly), daughter-n-law (Kiley Hooks), son-in-law (Charlie Kelly) and grandchildren: Andrew, Kaitlin, Kaden, Micah, Noah, Khloe and Joy Anna, his brothers Roger and Randolph, and many nieces and nephews.
We would love for those who knew him to remember his life with us at Hillside Memorial Chapel in Clarkesville, GA on Wednesday, April 26th at 4:00 p.m. with Sammy's son-in-law, Dr. Charles Kelly officiating. Interment will follow the service at Hillside Gardens Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:00 p.m. until the service hour on Wednesday, April 26th.
Flowers are accepted or the family requests that donations be made to Level Grove Baptist Church, 157 Old Level Grove Road, Cornelia, GA. 30531 or to the American Cancer Society by visiting https://donate.cancer.org
An online guest registry is available for the Hooks family at www.HillsideMemorialChapel.com
Arrangements are in the care & professional direction of Hillside Memorial Chapel & Gardens of Clarkesville, Georgia. (706) 754-6256
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