OBITUARY

Jofreida Derrick Hooker

February 6, 1934February 3, 2020
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Memorial services and burial for Jofreida Derrick Hooker will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at Shady Grove Methodist Church in Irmo, SC, with Pastor Tammy Grey and Pastor Doug Watson officiating. Visitation with family and friends will be held in the church fellowship hall, immediately following the burial. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, is assisting the family.

Jofreida was born on February 6, 1934 in Irmo, SC and passed away on February 3, 2020. She was 85 years old. The daughter of the late Page Napoleon Derrick and Katie Lenora Chapman Derrick, she was pre-deceased by her husband of 54 years, Elzie Dukes (E.D.) Hooker, Jr. Jofreida was mother to five loving children: Joanne Dougherty (D.J.) of Milton, Washington; Cindy Watson (Doug) of Midlothian, Virginia; Dukes Hooker (Sandi) of Irmo, South Carolina; David Hooker (Cindy) of Chapin, South Carolina; and Robert Hooker (Tony) of Gulfport, Florida. She also was the beloved grandmother of 12 grandchildren: Kimberly Fitzpatrick, Derrick Kestler, Joshua Watson (Laurel), Sarah Watson, Anna Watson, Mandy Hodge (David), Katie Rash (Dave), Sarah Dobbe (Derek), Matt Hooker, Christopher Hooker, Ryan Hooker (Brittany) and Lindsey Stone (Evan); and great-grandmother to five great-grandchildren: Lily Watson, Lark Watson, Sylvia Dobbe, David Dobbe, Tristan Hodge and Felicity Stone. Jofreida is survived by four siblings: Vernon Derrick of Aiken, SC; Miriam Monts of Irmo, SC; Connie Bickley of Chapin, SC; and Wanda Allen (Clint) of Irmo, SC. She is pre-deceased by three brothers and six sisters: Herman Derrick, John Derrick, P. K. Derrick, Margaret Bauknight, Aldaray McAndrews, Runette Still, Elizabeth Shealy, Mary Hipp, and Olive Chapman.

Jofreida was a graduate of Chapin High School and Columbia Commercial College. She worked for 35 years at two different jobs and was a scout mother when her children were cub scouts and girl scouts. She was a life-long member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church, where she served on numerous church committees throughout the years and was a member of the E.D. Hooker Sunday School class.

Jofreida’s family is grateful for the love and care she has received over the years from her many loving friends and family members. She is held in love by all those that have known her.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Visitation Saturday, February 15, 2020

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Nancy Warner

February 10, 2020

Jofreida Hooker made a difference in so many lives, especially mine . Her genuine interest in others and her truly caring ways showed up in her life everyday . She was a shinning example of what a true friend should be . She had “ true grit “ always fighting the next battle with her deteriorating health , forever the optimist I loved her “ growing up “ stories of her childhood with her cousins and siblings . She was an avid reader , reading all the Jan Karan novels and working jigsaw puzzles in a few hours or days .Each of her children and spouses helped in their own way to allow her to be the n the home she loved so much for as long as possible .
I will miss her voice, her sense of humor and her open mindedness ., our visits together and how I always left with a smile on my face . Her sweet spirit will linger in my heart.

April Selkinghaus

February 8, 2020

Aunt Jo will be missed. I know Uncle ED is embracing his bride. Aunt Runette probably gave her one of her strong bear hugs and is probably fixing her hair for her. I will always remember going to their house and sledding down Page Derrick Road on lunch trays that Aunt Ruth brought home! Great memories...so glad I grew up close by my family.

Debby Alcorn

February 5, 2020

To Mrs. Jofrieda’s special family,
What an awesome Mom y’all were blessed with! She and I enjoyed each other’s phone calls and my visits with Ronnie’s special bbq and hash. Anytime I offered to drive her to evening events, she would always tell me that she went to bed early. Thoughts and prayers to y’all.
Love,
Debby Alcorn

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