Thomas Bardin Hooks IV

December 22, 1949May 14, 2018

Thomas Bardin Hooks, IV, 68, died peacefully at his home in Atlanta, Monday, May 14th. A native of Americus, Mr. Hooks was born December 22, 1949, the son of the late Thomas Bardin Hooks, III and the late Rose Mary Fay Hooks of Americus.

Mr. Hooks was a graduate of Americus High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Southwestern State University.

He was a retired contract specialist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

He is survived by three brothers, Sen. George B. Hooks, R. Joseph Hooks and Christopher F. Hooks, all of Americus, three nephews, G. Bardin Hooks, Jr.. Alexander D. Hooks of Americus, and Robert J. Hooks, Jr. of Ashville, NC; two nieces, Mary Ann Hooks Hammack of Americus and Rosemary Hooks Porter of Atlanta.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, May 18th, at 11:00 a.m. from Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta where he was a former member of the vestry.

Burial will follow at 5:00 p.m Friday, May 18th at Oak Grove Cemetery with Rev. Richard Nelson of Calvary Episcopal Church officiating

Memorial gifts will be accepted at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 LaVista Rd., N.E., Atlanta, GA 30329-3604 or The Sumter Historical Trust, P.O. Box 961, Americus, GA 31709 where he was formally a board member.


  • Memorial Service Friday, May 18, 2018

Thomas Bardin Hooks IV

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Jeannene Woodruff

May 17, 2018

I have not seen Tom in many years and have missed his sense of humor. He was always kind and we always had a love for the Royal Family of England. I will try to watch the Royal Wedding that will be aired this weekend on T.V. as I know Tom would have enjoyed it too. He enjoyed his work, lunch partners, cats, friends and family. I too, will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone that was touched by such a wonderful soul. Rest In Peace my friend !!!

Billy Townsend

May 17, 2018

Tom Hooks drifted into my life when he came to work for the Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites Division. He quickly learned the intricacies of the ever-changing bureaucratic system of state contracts and purchasing and just as quickly became a friend. We shared many lunches together in the state cafeteria and many BBQ lunches together at Harold's . Our Monday BBQ get-togethers with our P&HS friends were a reward for just getting back to work again. Tom was a great storyteller and made these lunches a delight. One of his favorites was the time when a giant cockroach crept out from under the radiator at Harold's BBQ and crawled up the wall and across the ceiling. Tom loved to describe how the roach would cling by one or two feet as everyone in the scroungy restaurant watched its progress and how the busboy finally killed it with a broom and left it on the floor. The surprise ending to his story was a look of wry amazement as he said, "And, only two people got up and left!" Dozens of stories about his family and friends, growing up in Americus and his service in the Georgia National Guard will always be with me. Tom slowly drifted out of my life in the last few months, but he left a large hole in my life.

Antoinette Norfleet

May 17, 2018

Tom and I shared a cubical wall in the Twin Towers from 2000-until he retired and 'talked' to each other over the wall many days. One of my fondest times with Tom was watching each presidential motorcade that drove up I-75. We would meet at the window in anticipation, talk about how traffic would be impacted and watch the numerous security vehicles drive by. Just he and I, never discussing politics just observing POTUS get from point a to point b with such precision. And then we would go back to work.

Although he did not have children, he gave me the best unsolicited advice as my oldest son was approaching the teenage years. He said, "Antoinette, one day your son will do something dumb and you will ask him why did you do it. When he responds, ‘I don't know’, believe him. He really doesn't know. He will lose his mind around 12 years old and he will get it back somewhere in his twenties." I didn't understand it until my son loaded the dryer as requested but didn't turn it on. An hour later when asked why he didn't turn it on, he replied 'I don't know'. As soon as the words came out of his mouth, I thought about Tom and laughed.

Tom will be missed but never forgotten.

Toby Evans

May 16, 2018

Tom was a great friend who never refused to help or provide a solution to a problem. His work ethic was immeasurable and his talent for doing his job was immense. He was a dedicated public servant who took pride in what he did and how he was able to be a 'doer' and 'problem solver'. As a friend Tom was as good as it gets, with a quick wit and sharp sense of humor, but unfailingly fair and concerned when need be. His sensitivity bore out his willingness to treat others with regard and respect. I will certainly miss the phone calls and conversations we had many many times and the laughs that accompanied the calls.

Please accept our most sincere sympathy in your loss. As much as we lost a true friend, the loss to your family is even more so.


May 16, 2018


Lonice Barrett

May 16, 2018

I share many fond memories of working with Tom in the State Parks and Historic Sites Division of say that he was efficient and talented would be an understatement. All of us had such immense respect for Tom's attention to details and abilities to deal with complicated matters regarding state park and historic site projects. Tom was Mr. Dependable, and I join all of our state parks and historic sites family in expressing our sympathy to the Hooks Family in the loss of your loved one...........We loved him, too!

Kerron Lindquist

May 16, 2018

I am so sorry and shocked to hear of Tom's death. I worked for him for quite a few years and we had a very good working relationship. I have been retired since 1998, but I still always send him a birthday and a Christmas card. I will miss him. My prayers are with the family.