Funeral services for James Dewey Hood were held Saturday, January 14, 2023, at Saint Margaret Catholic Church in Homer, Louisiana. Visitation begin at 10:00 a.m. and the funeral mass followed at 11:00 a.m. Reverend Joseph Kallookalam presided. Interment of James’ ashes was at Arlington Cemetery in Homer.
James was born on November 17, 1970, in Monroe, Louisiana. His parents are the late Clyde “David” Hood and Barbara Jean Shepherd Hood. James entered into Heaven on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, in Homer, Louisiana. He had been in declining health for the last few months, and his body finally could not continue to support life. James had hoped to make it to Christmas, and he almost did.
James is preceded in death by his father. He is also predeceased by his paternal grandparents: Clyde Dewey Hood and Juanita Reed Hood and his maternal grandparents: James Walter Shepherd and Myrtle Ruth Shepherd. He is survived by his loving mother, Barbara Jean Hood of Homer, Louisiana. James was an only child.
James is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was godfather to his cousin Maggie Broderick Horsley.
James was a 1988 graduate of Claiborne Academy, Haynesville, Louisiana. While at Claiborne Academy, he played the trombone. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Business in 1993 from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana. James was president of the Louisiana Tech Catholic Student Association during one of his undergraduate years. He continued his education at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, earning his Juris Doctor (JD). He was admitted to the Louisiana Law Association on October 10, 1997, and worked as an assistant district attorney for the then District Attorney Paul Carmouche in Caddo Parish.
James was an avid LSU fan and always cheered for the Tigers. He was also interested in politics as well. He never entered politics, but always knew about the candidates and the issues.
James was a member of St. Margaret Catholic Church in Homer. He was baptized into the Roman Catholic faith at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Ruston on March 25, 1989. Donations may be made to St. Margaret Catholic Church (600 East 2nd Street, Homer, LA 71040) or a charity of the donor’s choice.
There were many caring hospital personnel. A special thank you is extended to the doctors, brothers Dr. Mark Haynes and Dr. Scott Haynes.
Since the passing of his father a year ago, James had been an invaluable support to his mother. His family affectionately called him “Jamie.” He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
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