Donald Gene Hoover, 85, of Dunlap, formerly of Glen Burnie, Maryland passed away at his home after a short illness on Saturday, March 19, 2016.
He was a member of the church of Christ at Morganville in Whitwell. Born and raised in Ann Arundel County, Maryland, he was a veteran of the United States Army and was a retired heavy equipment operator. He was fondly known as “track turner” by family and friends, a CB handle he earned early on because of his profession. In 1991, He moved to his wife’s hometown of Dunlap. Having previously been Maryland’s youngest Lieutenant Volunteer First Fighter at age 19, he was instrumental in helping begin Southend Volunteer Fire Department for the Daus community. One of his many notable accomplishments there was obtaining full turnout gear for the whole department from his Maryland contacts, and he was proud to serve as their chief for one term.
He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Theodore and Mable Smith Hoover; brothers, Theodore Jr., Louis, Vernon and William; and sister, Mable Hoover Phebus.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Viva Haynes Hoover; four sons, Donald Ray (Deana) of Dunlap, Ronald (Kathy) of Falling Waters, West Virginia, Steven (Ann) of Elkridge, Maryland and Stuart of Dunlap; one daughter, Alison (Gary) Smith of Dunlap; grandchildren, Karin Gray, Tessa White, Kristen Brenton, Will (Hayley) Lockhart, Rachel (Elizha) Burdette, Brittany Smith and Gary Wayne Smith; many nieces and nephews; cousins and friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 22 in the funeral home chapel with Minister Larry Kirby officiating. Burial was in Cookston Cemetery.
Special thanks to NHC Dunlap, East TN Hospice and Therapy of Whitwell, and to all who called, sent cards, visited and said prayers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Southend Fire Department.
An online guestbook is at www.ewtonfuneralhome.com.
Ewton Funeral Home of Dunlap was in charge of arrangements.