Behm Funeral Homes, Inc.

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James Hook

October 13, 1928July 16, 2020

James Hook, 91, a prominent Waynesburg attorney, died July 16, 2020. Mr. Hook was a retired member of the Waynesburg law firm of Hook and Hook.

He was born in Waynesburg on October 13, 1928, a son of the late J. Inghram Hook, Sr. and Sara Iams Hook. His father served as the President Judge of the Greene County Courts from 1946 through 1965.

He graduated from Mercersburg Academy in 1946 and from Washington and Jefferson College in 1950. After graduating from the Dickinson Law School in 1953, he returned to Waynesburg and worked for the First National Bank of Waynesburg Trust Department. In 1954, he was admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania. In 1958, he began his law practice with his brother, John I Hook, Jr. His two sons, J. William Hook and Gregory C.Hook and his nephew, David C, Hook joined the firm. He was a member and past president of the Greene County Bar Association, a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.

He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg; Waynesburg Area Jaycees who initially created the Park presently known as the Lions Club Park; and the Greater Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce serving as President in 1965. One of his fondest memories is throwing out the first pitch at a Pittsburgh Pirate Ball Game on Waynesburg Day.

He was the delegate from Washington and Greene County to 1968 Constitutional Convention which rewrote the Pennsylvania Constitution; was instrumental in the creation of the Washington-Greene County Community Action; was a member of the Board from 1965 through 1985 and was President in 1965. Mr. Hook was a member of the Fort Jackson Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution; Waynesburg Rotary Club, being named a Paul Harris Fellow, and several other civic and fraternal organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Gail F. Hook; three sons, J. William Hook (Beatrice R. Hook); Gregory C. Hook (Delia G. Hook); Richard E. Hook (Dawn Hook); two step-sons, Scott Rucci and Dino Rucci; two daughters, Sara Grace Jackson (Scott Jackson); and Pamela Glass; and eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by three brothers, Billy Hook; John I. Hook, Jr.; and Robert A. Hook; a step-son, John D. Rucci and a grandson-in law, Russell Farmer.


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Tom & Jean Ingram

August 2, 2020

Jim was a very good friend of ours, always willing to help with any problems. He will be missed. Sympathies to the family and may he rest in peace.


Thomas M. & Jean Ingram & Family

Deborah Kahn

August 1, 2020

Sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Our families have been tied together for many many years (Jacksons and Hooks). Condolences from all of us to all of you.

Albie Rinehart

July 23, 2020

I was truly sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He always put a smile on my face and made be laugh. His service and guidance to West Greene School District should be appreciated and always be remembered.

Albie Rinehart

Greg Halvatzis

July 21, 2020

Dear Bill,
My condolences regarding the passing of your Father. You and your family are in my prayers. May his memory be eternal!
Greg Halvatzis

David Rohanna

July 21, 2020

Dear Bill, Greg, Dick, Sally, Gail, and the extended family,

My deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to all of you, in the passing of your father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. I wish you all the fondest of memories in your time of sorrow and best wishes in the future.

I asked Jack to pass on my personal condolences to all of you, as well.

Best regards,

Dave Rohanna

Ryan Armstrong

July 20, 2020

Greg & Bill:

I'm so sorry to hear of your Dad's crossing the bar. I always enjoyed your all's anecdotes about him over the years, and I greatly regret that I never got to meet him.

Take care, and God Bless you and yours,

Ryan & Judy Armstrong and Family

James Lowe

July 20, 2020

Dear Bill,

I was sorry to hear of your father's passing. I know you and your family our proud of his accomplishments. It is my hope and prayer that God will give you comfort and peace as you think of him through the passage of time.

You have my sincere condolences.


Melody Deter

July 20, 2020

So sorry for the loss of your loved one, thoughts and prayers. May memories give you comfort.

Celeste Ward-Tamiggi

July 20, 2020

Dear Delia, Greg and family,

Mike and I were deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Greg’s father. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Celeste & Mike Tamiggi

Timothy Logan

July 19, 2020

Bill and Greg,

I’m sorry to hear of your father’s passing. He was a fixture in Greene County’s legal community for many years. His impact in the Waynesburg area will having a long-lasting impact. Praying for you and your families.

God Bless,
Tim & Sandy


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