Jennifer Elaine Hooker, 56, passed away Sept. 2, 2013, in Oklahoma City. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in The Chapel at Griffin-Hillcrest Funeral Home, with Pastor Tony Caro officiating. Interment will follow in McAlister Cemetery.
Jennifer was born May 13, 1957, at Bridgeport, Conn., to Donald Hooker and Charlotte (Everlith) Hooker.
Her parents preceded her in death.
Jennifer lived in Oklahoma since 1980. She received her honorable discharge from the U.S. Army after serving from June 29, 1974 to May 6, 1983. She was a Vietnam Era veteran, seven of those years she served as a Military Police officer and after her discharge, she completed her law enforcement training in August 1984, graduating from the Oklahoma Basic Police Academy in Burns Flat, Okla., where she maintained a 96.58 percent average. She then went to work as a police officer with the city of Anadarko, and a few years later was chief of police for the town of Eakly, Okla. She was also a professional truck driver, and had attended Ardmore Truck Driving School. She loved her family, spending time camping, fishing, cookouts, bowling, auto racing and music. She loved going to church. Jennifer was also an author. She wrote her autobiography, "A Change for Living," which was about her life being transgender. When she was formerly Charles Hooker, on Sept. 19, 1992, "Charles" at the time married Edwina Baker and they just celebrated 23 years of marriage.
Jennifer is survived by her wife, Edwina, of the home; children, Chucky Hooker, Lisa Marie Hooker of Chickasha, Sharon Hatcher of Ardmore, Judy Hatcher of Ardmore, Ida Hooker of Marietta, Darrell Hatcher and wife, Amanda, of Overbrook, David Hatcher of Overbrook and Roy Erwin; and 20 grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers will be Darrell Hatcher, Roy Erwin, David Hatcher, Marcilla King, Joey Tyre, Lyle Baker and E.J. Gonzales.
Family visitation will be 6 to 8 this evening at Griffin-Hillcrest Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left at www.Griffin-HillcrestFH.com.