Brother Joe Hoover

Brother Joe Hoover


Beloved Baptist minister, Brother Joe Hoover, went to be with the Lord from his home on November 1st, 2012. He was born July 31, 1921, and grew up in Decatur. He married the love of his life, Avorine C. Hoover on September 26, 1942, and they were marred 67 years, two months, two weeks and two days until the Lord called her home.

He served as a staff sergeant in the United States Army in World War II and received two Purple Hearts for participating in the Rhineland Campaign in Central Europe and was honorably discharged on December 2, 1945. In October 2009, he was able to go aboard the "Honor Flight" to Washington, D.C. with other veterans to visit the World War II War Memorial. He considered this one of the highpoints of his life.

After returning home from the war, Brother Joe started working in the monument business and eventually bought Decatur Marble & Granite Works in the early 1950s. He continued as owner for over 60 years.

Brother Joe was licensed to preach at Sixteenth Avenue Baptist Church on August 12, 1959. He was the first pastor of Westmeade Baptist Church and was given the distinction of Pastor Emeritus on October 5, 2008. He pastored four churches and served in the capacity of interim pastor more than 30 times. Brother Joe was an avid golfer until his health declined in mid-June of this year. Even though he was not behind the pulpit, he continued to minister the Gospel until the morning of his passing surrounded by his three daughters. Brother Joe will be missed greatly by his family and the many lives that were touched by his Christian influence.

Funeral services will be Sunday, November 4, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Westmeade Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Scotty Hogan officiating. The body will be at the church one hour prior to the service with Shelton Funeral Home directing. Burial will be Decatur City Cemetery. Family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 at Shelton Funeral Home.

Survivors include one son, Roger Hoover of Decatur; three daughters, Cindy Tapscott and husband, Johnny, of Decatur, Amy Frank and husband, Jerry, of Decatur and Sara Hoover of Helena; one daughter-in-law, Becky Hoover of Decatur; 11 grandchildren, Leah Hoover, Allison Culwell, Courtney Andrews, Brad Tapscott, Wes Tapscott, Rachel Tapscott, Jacob Frank, Katie Frank, Joseph Frank, Judah Frank and Elizabeth Frank; 13 great-grandchildren, Hayley Hoover, Payton Hoover, Natalie Hoover, Sidney Grace Culwell, Ellie Andrews, Sydney Andrews, Mallory Andrews, Bradley Tapscott, Drew Tapscott, Luke Tapscott, Lily Frank, Levi Frank and Asher Frank; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Brad Tapscott, Wes Tapscott, Jacob Frank, Joseph Frank, Judah Frank and Richard Gurley. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Westmeade Baptist Church and all Baptist ministers in the area.

The family would like to thank all the Hopsice of North Alabama and the Home Instead caregivers for their loving, tender care of our loved one.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of North Alabama, 3311 Bob Wallace Ave., Suite 101, Huntsville, AL 35805.

Guestbook available at www.sheltonfuneralhome.net.

Published in the Decatur Daily on Nov. 3, 2012