“As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you”.
The curtain of time fell and the life of Mrs. Jackie Denise Hooten-Brantley ended quietly on Wednesday morning, January 6, 2021 at Grandview Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama. Jackie Hooten-Brantley was born on October 28, 1961, to the late Mr. Jack Dempsey Hooten, Sr. and late Rebecca Barnett Hooten Thompson.
Jackie received her education in the Lauderdale County School System graduating from Central High School in 1980. After graduation, Jackie enrolled at the University of North Alabama and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Computer Information Systems and completed a MBA online at Phoenix University. Jackie worked in the Hotel Industry, also as a Unit Secretary at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital, and as a private duty nurse. She also served as a private nanny for her nieces and nephews.
Jackie accepted Christ at an early age. She was baptized, and a life-long member of Oak Grove A.M.E. Church. She was an active member and served on the Women’s Missionary Society, Laymen Organization, Order of Eastern Star (New Hope 56), Young Adult Choir member, and a Trustee. She faithfully attended Laymen Bi-Annual Conferences, General Conferences, and Annual Conferences. Always willing to serve, Jackie volunteered as a Van Driver for Oak Grove A.M.E. church. As a natural born leader, Jackie held many leadership roles, such as the 1st and 3rd Vice President of the North Conference Laymen Organization, and 2nd Vice President and 3rd Vice President of the Women’s Missionary Society. She was a member of the illustrious sisterhood of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, whose purpose is to provide services and programs to promote human welfare. Jackie loved & enjoyed her family, traveling, football, shopping, taking care of family members and serving at various levels in the A.M.E. Churches. She was an avid culinary expert, and there was very little she couldn’t cook, however baking “Peach Cobblers” from scratch was a desert she enjoyed preparing for her family and friends. She loved to dress in the latest fashions, and wore unique hats.
Left to cherish her fond memories are her husband, Reverend Erroll Brantley, three sisters, Yvette Hooten Landers of Madison, AL, Felicia Gail Miller (Clint) of Sheffield, AL, April Hooten of St. Louis, MO; three brothers, Larry Hooten, Sr. (Kamilah) and Michael Hooten, Sr., and Jack D. Hooten, Jr., all of St. Louis, Missouri; two step sons: Erroll L. Brantley, Jr. and Robert Matthews both of Hartford, CT; brother-in-laws: Elder Wendell Brantley (Portia) of Chelsea, AL, Howard B. Brantley of Atlanta, GA; sister-in-laws: Barbara Gaines of Birmingham, AL, Vernessa Wallace and Carolyn Jones both of Lipscomb, AL; three uncles: James Henry Barnett (Jackie), Larry Barnett both of Florence, AL, Edward Hooten (JoAnn) of Detroit, MI and Edward Lee Vinson of Los Angeles, CA; four devoted aunts: Emma Lou Phillips, and Mary Savage both of Florence, AL, Lottie Hooten of Detroit, MI and Verdell Hooten, of Livonia, MI; godchildren: Briaunna Savage, and Le’Ken Hollingsworth Summerhill; Brantley godchildren: Pastor Kelvin J. Anthony, Keyondria & Amaria Cammack, and Brandi Hatchett; Devoted Cousins: Vernell & Vanessa Savage, Cassandra Thompson, and Katrina D. Cook; Devoted Nieces: LaKeva Harris, Kristan Miller, Jana Hooten, and Angela Scott; 5 grandchildren; her best friends: Patricia Watkins, Catherine Barnett, April Goodloe, CJ Thompson, and Myra Cooper; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and longtime friends. No one was a stranger to Jackie and all strangers were someone to Jackie.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Jack Dempsey Hooten, Sr. and Rebecca Barnett Hooten Thompson; in-laws: Pastor Kenneth and Regina Scott.
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