George M. Hoover

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Funeral services for Dr. George M. Hoover, 88, of Norse, were held Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Peace Lutheran Church in Clifton, conducted by Pastor Weldon Smith. A military graveside served followed at Norse Cemetery conducted by the Clifton VFW 8553 and American Legion Post 322. George Matthews Hoover, M.D. was born July 8, 1926 in Monticello, AR, the son of Wilford W. and Vera M. Hoover. He passed from this life on July 22, 2014, at his beloved ranch. He was the youngest of four children. He was preceded in death by his parents, two older sisters, and an older brother. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. He graduated from high school in Conway, AR. His undergraduate work was at Hendrix College, from which he graduated in 1948. He entered the U.S. Army on Aug. 7, 1944. He was a member of Company M, 22nd Infantry, in which he was a heavy machine gunner. He saw service in the German Rhineland. During his service as a staff sergeant in the Central European Campaign he was awarded two bronze stars. He was discharged on July 2, 1946. He attended the University of Arkansas, School of Medicine from which he graduated with an M.D. degree on June 16, 1952. He practiced orthopedic surgery in Longview for 20 years. He recently attended the 60th anniversary of his graduating class. He married Josephine Lee in the Fall of 1984. They made their hom at the Windy Ridge Angus Ranch. Dr. and Mrs. Hoover were members of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in the Norse community. He subsequently became one of the founders of Peach Lutheran Church in Clifton. His recent activities included service on the Board of Lutheran Sunset Ministries. Clifton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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