|Birth: ||Jun. 2, 1992|
|Death: ||Jan. 7, 2009|
Morgan Christine Hooper, 16, went to be with her Lord Wednesday, January 7th, 2009.
Morgan was a junior at Chiles High School, was known by all to possess a wonderful spirit of kindness, a zest for life, boundless exuberance and a smile that blessed those she shared her precious life with. Morgan loved to hang out with her friends, spend summers at Seacamp in the Florida Keys and she enjoyed the fellowship of her youth group. Morgan was always the center of energy in the circles of life she richly blessed with her presence; she was the smile that made everyone else smile; the wind that filled so many sails.
She will be dearly missed by her loving family and friends. She is survived by her parents, Chris and Holly Hooper; her brother, Zach; grandparents, David and Zelda Smith; and all of her aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family.
The funeral service will be at Thomasville Road Baptist Church, Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 1 p.m. Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, Riggins Road Chapel (850-877-8191) is handling arrangements. At the request of the family, memorial donations in memory of Morgan can be made to Seacamp, Inc., 1300 Big Pine Ave, Big Pine Key, FL 33043, (877)-SEA-CAMP.
Published in the Tallahassee Democrat on 1/9/2009
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All indications are Morgan Hooper was being a responsible driver, a pastor said at her funeral Saturday. She was wearing a seat belt. She wasn't text-messaging or talking on her cell phone, according to records.
But something happened late Wednesday afternoon that caused her car to veer into the west shoulder of Meridian Road at Meadow Wood Court and hit a tree. Morgan, a junior at Chiles High School, succumbed to her injuries that night at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
"When a 16-year-old girl is snatched away at the prime of her life, we're all trying to find some meaning and purpose," said Pastor Matt Hall of Canopy Roads Baptist Church before more than 1,000 people. "What was God trying to teach us through the life of Morgan Hooper?"
Corp. Brandon Overstreet of the Florida Highway Patrol would not confirm all the details the pastor released, since the investigation is still open. He said it could take up to 45 days for it to be completed.
There was standing-room only at Thomasville Road Baptist Church, where the funeral was held, a testament to Morgan's ability to make friends with everyone she met. Her older brother, Zach Hooper, admitted he was a bit envious of her for that.
"She was the center of attention, even if she didn't want to be. She was the glue that held everything together, and these three can attest to that," he said, referring to Morgan's best friends, who had just given tearful eulogies.
Hall encouraged everyone to live by Morgan's example: cultivate relationships, be determined and joyful and have faith in God. She loved communicating with her friends by cell-phone text message, he said. Her record was 16,000 texts sent in a single month.
She was devoted to faith and not ashamed to talk about it, he said.
"We can draw hope and encouragement knowing she's with Jesus today," he said.
Morgan wrote a list of 100 life goals a year ago from Friday for her psychology class. She'd kept the list and checked off the goals she accomplished: getting her braces off, working her first job, drinking every flavor of VitaminWater, falling in love, kissing in the rain. "I don't know if her parents knew about that one," Hall quipped.
A video Morgan created this fall as a class assignment was also shown. A Christmas present for her parents, the video is a slideshow of pictures of herself growing up. Morgan narrated it. She started with a picture of a sonogram. Near the end, she spoke about turning 16, getting her driver's license and having her nose pierced.
"She was always so full of life," said Jessica McKenzie, 16, a Chiles junior. "I don't remember a day when she wasn't smiling."
McKenzie and other high-schools friends of Morgan's wore purple dresses or ties in her honor -- it was her favorite color.
"She was always nice to everyone," said Brooke Warren, 16, a Lincoln High School student, "even to those people who weren't nice to her."
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UPDATED 01-10-09 10:00PM
Friends and Family say good-bye to a Tallahassee teen Saturday.
Sixteen-year-old Morgan Hooper was killed in a car crash earlier this week.
During her funeral at Thomasville Road Baptist Church, loved-ones say Morgan's brilliant red hair and warm smile are just a couple of the many things they'll miss about her.
The Florida Highway Patrol says Morgan was killed when she lost control of her car and struck a tree off Meridian Road.
"Morgan was just such a sweet girl and always very bubbly and she will be remembered for how just nice she was." says Morgan Bass, who went to school with Morgan
"Morgan lived across the street from us since the time she was four, you know my daughter and she played together. Morgan was always a lot of fun and just a sweet young lady." says Robert Keaton, who is a family of Morgan's family
Pastor Curtis Clark says Morgan was the life of the party and everyone enjoyed being around her.
He says the memorial service is a celebration of her life, that will be forever missed.
Cause of Death: Automobile Accident
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Record added: Jan 12, 2009
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