Lois Hooper


Lois Brown Hooper, age 81, of Sylva received her angel’s wings on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, after a short period of declining health. She passed at home with her daughter and best friend by her side.

She was born on Nov. 4, 1938, in Jackson County, N.C., to the late Bernard Bartlett and Ellen Smith Brown.

Lois served the Lord. She was a member of East Sylva Baptist Church, but recently attended Sugar Creek Baptist Church. Her passions included potting and replanting, and collecting owl and hummingbird memorabilia. Affectionately known as “Mamma Lois” or “Nana Hooper,” she babysat for more than 100 children up until the pandemic prevented her from doing so. She truly enjoyed spending time with her loving family and friends.

She will be dearly missed by her children, Deloise Anderson, Richard (Connie) Hooper, Dale Hooper; grandchildren, Charles B. (Kimberly) Hooper, Dustin M. (Brittany) Hooper, her one and only granddaughter, Krista H. Beck (Nathan), Daylon Hooper, Brian Hooper; eight great-grandchildren; very special niece, Kathy Bradley Peek; and dear friends, Jackie Brown, Virginia Mathis, Maxie Carpenter; and many others.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents and loving husband, Charles C. Hooper; son, Michael “Dooner” Hooper; sister, Evelyn Bradley (Max); and son-in-law, Johnny Anderson.

The family received friends from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, with a funeral service at 2:30 p.m. at Appalachian Funeral Services, 165 Skyland Drive, Sylva, N.C. Interment followed at Lower Coward Cemetery, Cullowhee. Pallbearers were Aaron “Twiggy” Green, Brandon Green, C.B. Hooper, Dustin Hooper, David Mathis and Doug Mathis.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Lois’ name to the Lower Coward Cemetery Fund or Harris Hospice.