July 10, 1928November 7, 2016
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John Wesley Hocker Funeral services for John Wesley Hocker, 88 of Longview, will be 2 p.m. Friday, November 11, 2016 at Greggton First Baptist Church in Longview, with Kevin Bright officiating. Interment will follow in Lakeview Mausoleum under the direction of Lakeview Funeral Home of Longview. Mr. Hocker passed away peacefully at his home. He was born July 10, 1928 in Bokchito, Oklahoma, to Alexander Constantine and Ola Hocker. He met his wife Joy while they were both students at North Texas State University in Denton. He married Gwendolyn Joy Welch July 12, 1951. They lived in Pecos and Seagoville, Texas, before moving to Longview in 1964. He attended the University of North Texas and earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1952, and his master’s degree in 1956 from the same university. Mr. Hocker began his career at Seagoville High School as a teacher and coach for 10 years. He came to Pine Tree ISD in 1964 as a biology teacher and coach. In 1973, he was assigned assistant principal duties in the high school. That same year, he was named Coach of the Year for his work with the baseball team. Highlights in Mr. Hocker’s career included being named Principal of the year by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals and serving on the TASSP committee. He received the Bravo Award from the PTHS board and was an honorary life member of PTA. He was also a member of the National Association of Secondary Principals. After his retirement, he enjoyed traveling, playing golf, and spending time “spoiling” his grandchildren. He was a longtime member of Greggton First Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander Constantine and Ola Hocker; his wife of 56 years, Gwendolyn Joy Hocker; and a son, Darrell Keith. Those left to cherish his memory are his two sons, John Wesley Jr. and wife, Nancy of Tyler , and Douglas and wife Cindy of Frisco; three sisters, Mildred Atchison of Denton , Thelma Fisher of Frisco, Claudia Brooks of Vinita, OK; four granddaughters, Ashley Evans of Florida, Kelsey Mullen and husband Scott of Rockwall; Allison Hocker of Frisco and Macy Hocker of Frisco; 4 great grandchildren, Amelia Mullen and Mallory Mullen of Rockwall, Elizabeth Evans and Jacob Evans of Palmetto, FL; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the East Texas Down Syndrome Group at Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, November 10,2016 at Lakeview Funeral Home.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 10, 2016
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 11, 2016


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November 28, 2016

I worked with John Hocker many years at PTISD. He was a kind Christian man who spent his life guiding and teaching others. He and his wife, Joy, were very special people who touched the lives of many, many others. My prayers go to all of the family. May God give you comfort and peace.
Glenda Johnson

November 11, 2016

Coach Hocker was one of my favorite faculty members when I was in high school. I pray for him and his family.

Forrest Guest
Andrews TX
Class of 1981

Jay Arrington

November 11, 2016

Mr. Hocker was a good man whom I respected. He was a tough but fair principal. RIP Mr. Hocker.

Chris Seewald

November 10, 2016

Mr. Hocker was a great principal and leader for Pine Tree. He was also a good neighbor when I was growing up.

Tammy Rogers Philson

November 10, 2016

Though I no longer live in Longview, I recently attended the last home game at Pine Tree. And much to my surprise in walks Mr. Hocker, he sat next to me and another friend and we talked to him for a bit. I bragged how I was never in his office when he was our Principal and he just smiled. He was a firm but gracious man. My sympathies to the family.

PTHS class of 87

Alan Atchison

November 10, 2016

I was saddened to hear of the death of my Uncle John Wesley. While I have not seen him in years, I have many pleasant memories of him and his family at reunions and holiday gatherings when I was young. I extend my sympathy to his immediate family, especially to my cousins John and Douglas and their families.

November 10, 2016

I always liked you at pinetree high you tough but very fair. john mcbride

November 10, 2016

So sorry to here of Mr Hocker's passing. He was my principle in the late 80's. He was also my boss for the last few years of my high school years.
Prayers for the family

November 10, 2016

I have great memories of you from my school years.

Rhonda Figley Blakney class of 88

November 10, 2016

I am so glad I had a chance to run into Mr Hocker 3years ago on my lunch break at Whataburger. We ended up sitting and eating our lunch together, and talking about memories when he was our principal. That was so special to me. Love him so much. Prayers of peace to all of his loved ones.