Robert Hooten

Robert Hooten

Thursday, July 12th, 1928 - Saturday, January 18th, 2020
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Robert Hooten arrived at his eternal home Saturday, January 18, 2020 in Muleshoe. He was born Robert Isaac Hooten, July 12, 1928 in Seattle, Washington to George and Cleo Hooten. The family returned to Quitman, Arkansas where he grew to manhood.

Robert attended Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway, Arkansas, graduating with a degree in Math and Physical Education. He returned home to Quitman to teach and coach basketball, until he joined the United States Army, serving in the Korean War. Corporal Hooten served as a munitions instructor stationed at Fort Bliss Army Base. Robert met the love of his life, Maurine Wilterding, during his time of service. They married after a three month courtship on November 22, 1951 in Muleshoe, Texas. This union was blessed with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In 1954, the couple moved to Muleshoe to farm with Maurine’s parents, Mervin and Mae Wilterding. Robert later began working at Muleshoe Motor Company, eventually becoming sole owner and became the “Ford Man”. Robert was active in the First United Methodist Church, community and professional organizations, locally and statewide, serving in many leadership roles. Upon retirement, Robert enjoyed many rounds of golf – locally and in senior tournaments. He shared his love for woodworking by building furniture for family and tables and chairs for many children in the community. Robert was a man of honor who loved life and was dedicated to his family and his faith. He had a witty sense of humor, always enjoying a good joke or prank.

Robert is survived by his wife of 68 years, Maurine; his two sons, Gary Hooten and his wife, Hollye of Muleshoe, Texas and Lary Hooten and his wife, Wanda of Dallas, Texas; his daughter, Gayla Gear and her husband, Joe of Muleshoe, Texas; his sister, Juanita Barefoot of Meza, Arizona; 6 grandchildren, Daniel and Heather (Hooten) Boyd of Celina, Texas, Charles and Amy (Hooten) Turner of Lubbock, Texas, Cade and Kyla Hooten of Texico, New Mexico, James and Twyla (Gear) Polasek of Ropesville, Texas, Tyrel and Courtney Gear of Celina, Texas and Annick Magermans of Luxembourg; 14 great-grandchildren, Kenna, Dane and Kamryn Boyd, Abbye, Anson and Audrye Turner, Hallye and Hayden Hooten, Mikayla, Lane, Kody and Cole Polasek, Brooks Gear, and Gwenaelle Magermans; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the employees of Park View Nursing Care Center for the loving care Robert received while in their care. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Park View Nursing Care Center, 1100 West Avenue J, Muleshoe, Texas, 79347; the Oneita Wagnon Senior Citizens Center, PO Box 292, Muleshoe, Texas, 79347 or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, January 20th, 2020 | 8:30am - 8:00pm
    Monday, January 20th, 2020 8:30am - 8:00pm
    Ellis Funeral Home
    104 E. Ave F
    MULESHOE, TX 79347
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  • Service

    Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 2:00pm
    First United Methodist Church - Muleshoe
    507 W. 2nd
    MULESHOE, TX 79347
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  • Interment

    Muleshoe Memorial Park
    310 South Main Street, Suite 103
    MULESHOE, TX 79347
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LaJuana Sue Gear-Dooley

Posted at 11:20am
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Tammy Black

Posted at 02:05pm
I have missed Robert for a few years now, and i know he missed me- because most often i I would see him on the golf course. When Robert was playing in front of me, he would almost always drive over to where my tee shot landed, pick up my ball, and tee it up for me- on a tall wooden tee! (If you are a golfer- you already know this is not allowed!)
When i would meet him coming down the next hole, he would holler at me, saying, "I teed your ball up for ya!" I know he got the biggest kick out of that, and on a few occasions his actions got me out of tree trouble! I will remember him for many other things, but most fondly for his kind act of helping me cheat at golf! Tee it up for me, Robert, I'll be in a group behind you!
Maureen, and family, you have my heartfelt condolences.
Tammy Black

Annick & Gwenaelle

Posted at 07:43am
To our dear Papa... we are already missing you. With lot of love,
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Bob Cargile

Posted at 10:04pm
Robert could swing a big paddle and I always respected him for it. I will miss him.

Michele McCarty Brown

Posted at 09:52pm
Heaven is shining brighter than ever!! Such a wonderful man, he always made me smile. May the peace of our Lord and Savior give you comfort in the days to and hugs to you all

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