Howard Spencer Hoover, Jr.

October 11, 1938November 5, 2018

Howard Spencer Hoover, Jr. passed away on Monday, the 5th of November 2018, after a brief yet valiant battle with esophageal cancer at Houston’s Methodist Hospital. In 2013, Howard received the gift of life through a successful liver transplant at Houston’s Methodist through the extraordinary care of the JC Walter Transplant Center’s team of Doctors Ghobrial, Gaber, Sahairi, Mansour and Victor.

Howard was born in Houston on the 11th of October 1938, to Lillian England and Howard S. Hoover, Sr. and attended Roberts Elementary, Lanier Middle School and graduated from Mirabeau B. Lamar High School in 1956. He is also a graduate of Southern Methodist University (BBA 1961) where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Howard married first wife Nancy Jean Margraves in 1958 and together they completed their undergraduate educations at SMU and then moved to Austin for three years where Howard completed his law school days at The University of Texas School of Law (JD 1963) where he was President of Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity.

As a young attorney, Howard began his legal career under the tutelage of his father, Howard S. Hoover, Sr. at Murfee & Hoover now known as Hoover Slovacek, LLP. Moving onto Texas Eastern Corporation in 1965-70, Howard was a division attorney for the natural gas and liquids marketing subsidiary where he participated in all legal areas of the retail and wholesale marketing of propane to rural and suburban customers in the Eastern and Midwestern United States. In 1970, Howard joined Tom Fatjo, Sr. and his partners in the solid waste industry at Browning-Ferris Industries as their chief legal counsel. Over the course of his 25+ year career with BFI, Mr. Hoover served as Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel as well as a member of the Senior Management Committee and of the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors. In the 1990s, he worked as an independent business and legal consultant to Arthur Andersen Houston and helped roll out its environmental consulting practice. In the late 1990s, Mr. Hoover was Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board for American Residential Services. He was a member of the State Bar of Texas (Director, 1982-85 4th District Place 6) along with his father, Howard S. Hoover, Sr. — a rare distinction for a son and father to serve together; Houston Bar Association; Life Fellow Texas Bar Foundation; Houston Bar Foundation; Honorary Lifetime Member, Board of Directors of Boys and Girls Country of Houston; Founding Member of Houston Police Foundation; Lifetime Member, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (RodeoHouston); HLS&R Committees: World’s Champion Barbecue Contest, Junior Rodeo and Wine Competition; Lakewood Yacht Club and Houston Country Club.

We will miss Howard’s warmth, ready smile, wise counsel and quick wit. Howard was a loving husband to Janet for 40 beautiful years; a devoted father to Elizabeth & Michael; fun loving grandfather to Mac, Nina, Ellie & Kate; uncle to Laura & James; friend and mentor to younger lawyers as well as to many younger committeemen with RodeoHouston. In the digital age, Howard’s four grandchildren abbreviated his grandfather moniker “Granddaddy” into Gddy. Gddy loved it all and strove to stay current on digital communication advancements, apps, etc. so he could stay in close contact with friends and family. Political and blonde jokes were among his favorites to pass along and if you were “lucky” enough to be on Howard’s distribution lists, your crowded inbox reflected his devotion to expressing his opinions on various topics. We will miss Gddy’s texts, warning of hazardous or beautiful weather forecasts. Also known as “The Hoove,” Howard was one of a kind.

Howard is predeceased by his parents, Lillian England and Howard Spencer Hoover, Sr.; his younger brother, James England Hoover and by his son, Michael Drennan Hoover. Mr. Hoover is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 40 years, Janet Lee Brenner Hoover; by his daughter, Elizabeth England Hoover Rotan and husband Matthew Padgitt Rotan and their children: Edward McCall Rotan (Mac), Nina England Rotan, Elizabeth Sterling Rotan (Ellie) and Katherine Ross Rotan (Kate). He is also survived by his sister Margaret Hoover Perkins and her husband Jim Perkins of Tyler, Texas and by their children James Irvine Perkins III of Conroe & Houston and Laura Perkins Fonville and husband Jerry Fonville and his son Tanner of Dallas, Texas. Howard also leaves behind his lifelong friend & brother in law Ross D. Margraves Jr. and wife Madeline as well as wonderful in law, Liney Rotan and her two younger sons, Douglas McCall Rotan and wife Margaret and their children Patricia, Mary Margaret and Douglas and Clayton Ross Rotan and wife Kendall and their daughters Hunter and Logan; brother in law Robert Brenner; sister in law Susie Smith; cousins Milton England Black, Sr. and wife Bess and their children Milton England Black, Jr. and wife Elizabeth; Kirby Stewart Black and girlfriend Andrea Dickerson and Stewart Courtland Black and wife Kim; Susan Black Gross and husband Richard and their children, Richard Gross and wife Lori; Susan Reedy and husband Robert; and Allison Wallace and husband John.

The memorial service is to be conducted at one o'clock in the afternoon on Friday, the 9th of November, at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road in Houston, where The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr., Rector, and The Rev. Martin J. Bastian, Vice-Rector, and are to officiate.

Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception to be held in the adjacent Bagby Parish Hall.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions be directed to the Boys and Girls Country of Houston, 18806 Roberts Road, Hockley TX 77447 (; or to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road, Houston TX 77056.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8


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Howard Spencer Hoover, Jr.

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Mark Ghobrial

November 10, 2018

We at Houston Methodist met the Hoover and Rotan families about 5 years ago, when Howard had his liver transplant. So patient, so generous and always graceful. They were loved by all of us and our staff. So lovely and cheerful they made us feel so appreciated. Howard was a wonderful man and has a special place in my heart. His loving family has become a part of our family. Wish the world was full of more Hoovers and Rotans. Mark

Reggie Chisholm

November 9, 2018

I had the privilege to meet and work with Howard when he was Division Chairman on BBQ. I really enjoyed working with him. He was my friend, and I will miss him dearly.

Reggie Chisholm

Dallas Parker

November 8, 2018

Howard - You were one of the greats in my life and we all miss you more than words can express. I am certain that many, like me, not only feel a deep sense of loss but also a very deep sense of appreciation for your life. As a mentor, friend and client - all these words seem inadequate - you made me a better person - not to mention a better lawyer - and with an appreciation of so much. I am so pleased that I was able to thank you in person for all that, but I need to say it again: THANKS for your friendship. Hard to believe that we go back over 45 years, but days turn to weeks, weeks turn to months, and months to years, and life happens. I am thankful for every year because knowing you and Janet has enriched Ingrid and me in each and every one of them. Quick humor, sharp wit, demanding client, appreciative client, lover of life, and so much more. I thank God for finding a place for me in your life. The times we shared yielded so many amazing memories - GRAND moments - too many to count. God Bless and keep you.

Dianne Meyer

November 7, 2018

In honor of Howard and with loving sympathy for his precious wife Janet and his children, grandchildren, family, and friends, may Howard now rest in peace in the company of the Heavenly Host. May his loved ones find comfort in precious memories and strength in their faith.

bob boudreaux

November 7, 2018

Howard was one of those wonderful characters whose entire persona was one of warmth and sincere joy in the company of others. He seldom, if ever, had a bad word to say about anyone for any reason and had an ease about his personality that made Dean Martin look uptight. Quick with a smile and always a great audience for your story he loved his friends and relished in their company. He was always a devoted family guy whose love for his wife Janet and his children radiated. I was honored to know this man and humbled to call him my friend. One of our initial meetings took place at a lake house party where a hot tub and a fire and ice tong opening of some fine port was involved. Memorable and a magnificent start to a friendship that saw many a fine Christmas party, the annual Pranza, at Carraba's on Kirby or at the Hoover homestead . The hospitality was unmatched as was the character of this man. Farewell wonderful Howard. I am deeply saddened you are gone but enriched by having known you. There is a line from one of my favorite shows, " The Man of La Mancha", the story of Don Quixote , where he responds to a question as to why he does what he does in his maddened state of mine about the purity of actions and strength of beliefs. He responds by saying, " I hope to add a measure of grace to the world". Howard Hoover added grace to the world.

Joseph Patrick Kelly

November 7, 2018

Howard was my best friend from law school. We shared the triumpts and fears together. We studied together and during final exams when we were finished Howar provided the transportation (I did not have a car) and we went to Louis' where I provided the cash (such as it was). It was a ritual we shared all through law school and after I returned home from the Marine Corps. We called the endeaver "The Louis' Fund". There was never much there but it always had enough for one beer for each of us. In the summer, I cleaned his pool while he cut the grass, then we had dinner every Friday. Through this day he has always remained one of my closest friends. I will miss him....
Janet I am so sorry. If I can do anything for you from down here please call me. Love, Pat

Mike Anzilotti

November 7, 2018

I will miss Howard very much. I have hundreds of wonderful memories of fun times over 3 plus decades. He was a very special person and our no less than weekly get togethers, now ending, will create a major void in the future. My condolences to Janet and the family.

Allen Blakemore

November 7, 2018

Howard will be missed by anyone who ever met him. He embodied the true spirit of a gentle-man. He was kind to all, always quick with a word of encouragement and some witticism that would ensure a laugh. I will miss sipping red wine, discussing current events, and enjoying the simple pleasure of people watching at the HLSR WCBBQ. Having lived the ups and downs and all that Houston has offered, he freely shared his wisdom with me whenever I was smart enough to ask. Howard was a good man and a good friend to me.

Kevin Miller

November 6, 2018

Dear Hoover family I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad and garnd dad and Janet the loss of your husband He was Such a nice man he will be missed by so menny people at the bbq cook off and at the rodeo love you guys

Kevin form Houston Texas