John Marion Hooper, II

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on April 26, 1941

Departed on September 10, 2019 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Nashville, TN -John Marion Hooper, II, 78. "Jack" died on September 10,
2019 with his family by his side. He was born on April 26, 1941 to Russell
Warren Hooper and Sarah Stewart Hooper, both native Nashvillians. Jack's
father was a partner in Palmer-Hooper Lincoln Mercury dealership and
2nd generation owner of Tennessee Wine and Spirits Company.

Jack is described by those who knew him as a person of great passion -
passion for his family, friends, business, Life, causes he deeply believed in,
but above all, his God.

His friends knew him by his favorite nickname, "Feisty", because his
personality was at the front of any activity. Be it a hunting trip, a social
occasion, a business venture, or a cause that needed smart and
compassionate leadership, people felt the force of his personality and his
genuine concern for the less fortunate. Jack attended Parmer School and
graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy in 1959. He continued on to
Tulane University where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. At
Peabody College he earned an accounting degree. It was on a blind date at
Tulane that he met Lisle Castleman, his sidekick and the love of his life.
Married in 1961, they made their home in Nashville where he joined Price-
Waterhouse and later C.B. Ragland Company as Senior Financial Executive.

In 1977, he and his brother, Russell (Russ) purchased the family business,
Tennessee Wine and Spirits Company. Through capable leadership and
innovation, they grew the Company to be one of the most respected wine
and spirits distributors in the industry. Jack served as President until he
transferred ownership to his son, John, in 2008. His career was highlighted
by a number of distinguished accomplishments, most notably being named


Distinguished Beverage Alcohol Wholesaler Award Winner in TIME
in 1985. Through a partnership with Colonel Tom Parker and the
Elvis Presley Estate, Jack launched a collector series of Elvis Presley
decanters which became a tremendous success, selling globally, and
starting a collectors' craze that continues today. Jack often spoke of this as
being one of his best "wild" ideas.

Jack loved boating so much he purchased Rock Harbor Marine on the
Cumberland River. With his usual energy he expanded dock facilities,
opened "Jack's Shack" restaurant with his daughter Melissa, and provided
a wide array of marine services. He was co-founder and Commodore of the
Rock Harbor Yacht Club. He and Lisle often led cruises of 10-20 boats up
and down the Cumberland-even cruising from Nashville to the Gulf of
Mexico four times.

One of his most enjoyable undertakings was the founding of the Richland
Creek Commerce Association (RCCA). This extraordinary group of men
gather once a month to discuss world affairs, politics, sports, and news of
the day - noteworthy or not. As "President for Life" Jack was the energy
that has kept the group active for over 30 years. Jack always preceded
RCCA events with a prayer, be it trips across the country or monthly lunch
"meetings" .

The family would like to thank the nurses, techs, and PALs, at Belmont
Village Senior Living, Caris Hospice, and the "geri floor" at Parthenon
Pavilion. Thank you for taking such good care of Dad through these last
few months. Finally, a special thank you to Linda Cloyd, who with grace,
patience, and devotion, deeply cared for and loved our Dad.


He is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years, Lisle Castleman Hooper;
daughter, Melissa Hooper Scarbro (Jeff); son, John Marion Hooper, III
(Leslie); grandchildren, David Castleman Mills, Katherine Lisle Hooper,
John Marion Hooper IV, William Trexler Hooper, Luca Grace Hooper,
Stephanie Lynn Scarbro; brother, Russell Warren Hooper, [r (Betty); and
sister, Claire Hooper Drowota.

A celebration of Jack's life - "Jack's Final Cocktail Party" - will be held at
Belle Meade Country Club on Wednesday, September 18 from 4-7 pm. A
private memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Men of Valor, The
Cumberland River Compact, or the Alzheimer's Association.

19 Comments to John Marion Hooper, II

  1. Tommy Anderson
    September 11, 2019 9:06 pm

    Great Nashvillian, Father, Businessman & Family Man. Grateful to have met him and know Melissa Hooper Scarbro.

  2. betty and chuck bader
    September 12, 2019 11:15 am

    wonderful friend and business associate. will miss you

  3. Tennille
    September 12, 2019 12:53 pm

    Jack…. you always made me smile when I saw you. Always kind and quick with a joke. Love ya, momma and Melissa! Love, your Wyoming pal!!

  4. Gary & Cathy Wilson
    September 12, 2019 1:14 pm

    So many memories at RHYC. A true friend to all. You will be missed!

  5. Gene and Mary Chambers
    September 12, 2019 8:51 pm

    Jack was so full of life, love, and care for others. We have tons of memories of fabulous times with he and Lisle! Sure will miss our Titans road trips!!! Love to Lisle and all the family.

  6. fmary knox and fred pilkerton
    September 13, 2019 7:42 am

    Lisle and Melissa, So sorry to hear the sad news. We have not seem you both for a very long time but I remember with great pleasure our house hunting together with lots of fun and laughter along the way. Jack was a fine man and so glad it knew him. Our love goes to you both. Mary knox and Toby Pilkerton

  7. mary knox and fred pilkerton
    September 13, 2019 7:55 am

    Lisle and Melissa, So sorry over your great loss. Have not seem you both for a very long time but still have such fond memories when we were house hunting together years ago. Lots of fun and laughter was with us at the time. Jack was a fine man in all regards and so well respected by all who were lucky enough to have known him. We send our love to you both. We are leaving town Sept. 15 otherwise we would be there on the 18th. MARY KNOX AND TOBY PILKERTON

  8. Jim Sullivan
    September 13, 2019 3:39 pm

    It was great working for Jack at Rock Harbor. Always good times with him. Gods speed. Sorry for the family, he will be missed.

  9. Gary & Barbara Tyler
    September 13, 2019 7:30 pm

    Jack was……Jack! A truly unique individual. No doubt he’s working on a special issue of some heavenly spirit, that all will enjoy here on earth.

  10. Tommy Bainbridge
    September 13, 2019 9:22 pm

    We aren’t blessed with many lifelong friends like Jack.Our loss is heavens gain.Love to Lisle and Melissa.

  11. Suzanne Larkin
    September 14, 2019 3:53 am

    My heart is broken. Jack was not only my boss but friend as well. I will never forget our talks, laughs, his advice & guidance through the 27 years. Go rest high on that mountain my friend. Prayers to the Hooper Family πŸ’”

    • JC, Sherry, Brett, and Daniel Stinson
      September 16, 2019 8:18 pm

      Jack was my mentor, my friend, and family to us. He was an incredible man and someone I will always look up to as a great example of giving back in life, being a compassionate leader, and possessing the energy to light up a room. Whether he was tugging on the ears of our boys at Predator or Titans games or taking the time to sit down with you to listen about your problems or questions, he was always there for me and my family. You will be missed Jack. Our thoughts and love to the Hooper family. The Stinsons.

  12. Larry and Alexis Wise
    September 14, 2019 3:46 pm

    Thank you for 42 years of employment with a caring and family work atmosphere. You and Russ were always there for me and my family. I cherish those years of my life.

  13. Donna & John Briggs
    September 16, 2019 8:22 pm

    Dear Lisle, It is rare in mid-life to make friendships that are authentic and deeply rooted. I am so grateful that our paths crossed when and how they did in our beloved Jackson Hole. The memories we created as a foursome were so very special to John and I. We will always treasure the wonderful and adventurous times we created together.

    Jack was generous, kind and fun-loving. He was one of those special people that simply brought light into any room.

    He will be missed. We are thinking of you. We love you.

    Donna and John

  14. Debbie Keller
    September 18, 2019 1:11 am

    Dear Lisle,
    Our sincerest sympathies to you, Melissa and John on your loss. One of the greatest blessings of my time at Martha O’Bryan Center was getting to work and serve alongside Jack and to enjoy so many wonderful times together with you both. Jack was a man of deep faith and great passion for serving in Christ’s name to help and lift up others. He was a tireless advocate and generous supporter and became a great friend. From board meetings and fundraising galas to outings on the Lady Lisle, Jack loved to mix business with pleasure. He was well suited for the hospitality business!
    Always lots of fun with Jack but behind it all was a genuine love for all no matter what side of the river! Rest well good and faithful servant! Love, Debbie and Tom Keller

  15. dan Shilstat
    September 19, 2019 3:43 pm

    I lived next door to Jack and Lisle with what seems a long time ago when our children were very young-Royal Oaks Place seemed to be a great place for kids. I am truly sorry Jack suffered the last few years. I remember lots of happy times and I was surprised at the Residents of Royal Oaks place still feel a bond.

  16. Jim ladd
    September 20, 2019 8:39 am

    Jack hooper was a great man he taught me so much prayers to mrs lisle Melissa and John and family

  17. Terry Coker
    December 16, 2019 12:06 pm

    Great Guy, Will be missed! Always had a smile on his face, when he came in the store! Until we meet again my friend! πŸ˜ƒ

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