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James Edward Hoover, 82
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James Edward Hoover passed away June 16 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease at age 82.

Ed was born in Viola and graduated from McMinnville Central in 1954. Ed served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954-1958. He graduated from MTSU with a BA in Industrial Arts. In 1962, Ed moved to Chattanooga where he taught woodshop and mechanical drawing at Central High School. He later became head of the Industrial Arts Department. During summer vacations Ed drove for Greyhound Bus Line. Ed earned his master’s degree from UTC in 1976 while simultaneously running several small businesses. In 1977, he joined the District Attorney’s office as a criminal investigator. He was appointed by Gov. Lamar Alexander to the State Board of Paroles serving through 1984. Ed returned to the District Attorney’s office where he was office manager until his retirement in 2016.

Ed was of the Christian faith and he never met a stranger. In addition to his devotion to his family he was an avid sports fan. Ed especially loved playing tennis and snow skiing.

He was preceded in death by his parents Cora Belle Hoover and Alton Hoover.

Ed is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years, Nancy Bradford Hoover, sons David (Glynis) Hoover, Phillip Hoover (Ed Westreicher), grandson Zachary Hoover, brother, Harold (Emmajean) Hoover and sister, Alene Southard.

A celebration of life was held at East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home on Thursday, June 20, at 1 p.m. with minister Brandon Gilvan officiating. He was laid to rest at Chattanooga National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in James’ memory to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, N.Y. 10163-4777.

Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist East Chapel was in charge of arrangements, 404 South Moore Rd. East Ridge, TN 37412. Online condolences can be made at

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) June 23, 2019