STEPHENVILLE — James Hoover, 53, a x-ray technician, died Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at his residence.

Graveside services will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2008, at Gardens of Memory Cemetery with Rev. Emil V. Becker officiating and arrangements by Lacy Funeral Home.

Mr. Hoover was born on July 24, 1954, to the late Herbert Adam and Betty Mae (Carter) Hoover in Baytown. James graduated from high school in Stephenville, and served in the U.S. Navy. On his 20th birthday, he suffered a tragic accident that left him a quadriplegic but never took away his spirit or his zest for life. His optimistic attitude amazed all that knew him. In the earlier years after his devastating injury, he worked hard to develop all the use possible in his upper body and was able to maneuver his wheel chair around the neighborhood, and even well outside his neighborhood, much to the chagrin of his ever-watchful mother. Neighbors were watchful of James and looked forward to his rolling up to their doors for a visit. His loving grandmother, Alma Hoover (who owned and operated Hoover Grocery on Frey Street with her husband, R.A. Hoover) helped in his daily care for years after his accident lovingly assisted him in so many ways.

James lost his mother, Betty Hoover, in April of 2007. James’ father, Herbert, passed away July 4, 1981, after years of battling diabetes and losing a leg to the disease. For a number of years, James’ mother Betty cared for both a wheel-chair bound husband and son with all the patience and love she had, always keeping a positive, smiling attitude. All who knew her marveled at her beautiful spirit and dedication. James has returned to the arms of his loving Mother and Father in a Heavenly Place.

Survivors include one sister, Carol Haseloff of Austin; brothers, Keith Hoover of Sayre, Okla., and Danny Hoover and wife, Teresa, of San Antonio; aunt, Jane Behrens of San Saba; and cousins, Tom Stover of Stephenville, Barbara Roeder of Denton, David Behrens of San Saba, Tommy Behrens of San Saba, and Janis Murray of San Saba.

Memorials may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), 801 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006-3517.

Published March 7, 2008

Stephenville Empire-Tribune