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Rev. Rand Hooton, 74, of Versailles passed away at 6:30 a.m., Friday, February 9, 2018 at his home. He was born at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on Tuesday, July 13, 1943 the son of Damon and Ruth Laswell Hooton.
He was married to Rosalie Henderson on June 14, 1968, and his wife of 49 years survives. Other survivors include one son Damon Hooton of Versailles; two daughters Dyveke (Mike) Cox of Martinsville and Charity (Bill) McGannon of Bloomington; four grandchildren Evan, Lauren, and Benjamin Cox, and Lillian McGannon; his mother-in-law Genelle Henderson of Versailles; three brothers Berke (Judy) Hooton of Nashville, Dana (Cheryl) Hooton of Madison, and Rob ( Linda) Hunger of Osgood. He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law Chester Henderson, and his sisters Elyse Hooton and Lolita Hooton.
Mr. Hooton was a 1961 graduate of Milan High School. He received his BA degree in social studies from Purdue University in 1971. Rand was a long time employee of Williamson Heating and Air in Madison and also worked at ITT Thompson in North Vernon.
In 1982 he graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville and spent the rest of his career as a pastor. From 1980 to 2010 he pastored the Burney Baptist Church and had also served interim pastorates in Rising Sun, Osgood, and Richmond. Rand was currently a member of the Versailles Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.
He was a 24-year member of the Burney Fire Department and had also belonged to the Milford Masonic Lodge. He also spent several summers as a counselor and pastor for the Southeast Indiana Baptist Youth Camp at Westport.
Funeral services for Rand will be held on Thursday, February 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Baptist Church or the Southeast Indiana Baptist Youth Camp in care of the funeral home.
Published on February 12, 2018
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