|Birth: ||Jul. 6, 1949|
|Death: ||Oct., 2011|
Posted on NWAonline.com, Wed. Oct.12th, 2011:
SPRINGDALE — John Kells Hocker, 62, of Springdale, Ark., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. He was born July 6, 1949, in Broken Arrow, Okla., to Joseph Henry and Maude Louise Hartman Hocker.
He graduated from Tahlequah High School and attended New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, N.M., the University of Texas in Arlington, and Georgia State University in Atlanta.
His career was spent in retail management at both the store and corporate level, beginning as a department manager with Cook's Department Stores in Fort Worth, Texas. After several years with the Zayre Corporation, he joined Volume Shoe Corporation for 14 years, where he was a district manager in Tulsa, a regional operational vice president in Atlanta, and distribution director in Topeka, as well as other positions.
He also spent 14 years in various positions in the shoe/specialty division of Walmart at the home office in Bentonville. He retired from Walmart and went on to manage stores for Auto Zone and ALCO.
He was member of the Air National Guard and retired in 1998 with the rank of major after 29 years of service. During that time, he served as an air traffic controller, weapons controller, intelligence officer and held other positions in units in Tulsa, Topeka and Kennesaw, Ga. Previously, he served five years in the Army Reserves.
He was an avid Ford muscle car enthusiast and a founding member of SACA — Shelby Automobile Club of America. He was also a member of Team Shelby and a member of many local Mustang clubs in the different cities he lived, as well as the Mustang Club of America and The Fairlaner Club.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Hocker of the home; two daughters, Tamara Bills of Tucson, Ariz., and Abbie Hocker of Burbank, Calif.; two sisters, Lou Bickle of Orlando, Fla., and Sue Wagner of Ardmore, Okla. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Ethan and Nickolas Bills.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel in Springdale.
The family requests those wishing to honor John, donate in his name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at http://pancan.org/section donate/donate now.php; or the Humane Society of Fremont County Inc., 110 Rhodes Ave., Canon City CO 81212.
The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staffs of Highlands Oncology Group in Fayetteville and the Circle of Life Hospice for their outstanding caring and support.
Created by: Conrad Odom
Record added: Oct 12, 2011
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