A celebration of life for David Ray Hooten, 69, of Killeen, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Skyline Baptist Church in Killeen with Brother Jack Husung officiating.

Mr. Hooten died Aug. 24, 2014, at a Temple hospital.

He was born Jan. 9, 1945, in Killeen to William Andrew and Charlie Dois Hooten of Killeen.

He graduated from Killeen High School in 1963 and received a degree from Rice University in 1967. Mr. Hooten starred on the baseball diamond at both Killeen and Rice as a pitcher.

He was an educator and coach in the Killeen Independent School District for several years and also was self-employed in the auto retail business in the Killeen area until his retirement.

Mr. Hooten loved the game of baseball and was an avid Texas Rangers fan. He also enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys and made sure to see every Rangers and Cowboys game.

Ray, as friends and family knew him, was a devoted father and was always supportive of many within the family and community. He believed in people when others did not and beamed with pride in the accomplishments of those closest to him. He was a hard worker and one who was always there to help those around him.

Mr. Hooten was preceded in death by his father in 1980 and his mother in 2011.

Survivors include his two daughters, Kimberly Hooten of Killeen and Tara Manibusan and her husband, John Jr., of San Antonio; his brothers, William Andrew Hooten Jr. and his wife, Patsy, of Killeen and Doug Hooten and his wife, Mary, of Austin; his sisters, Linda Rawls and her husband, Mickey, of Salado, and Pamela Disher and her husband, Ralph, of Harker Heights; two grandchildren, John Manibusan III and Megan Manibusan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Offer condolences at www.centraltexascremation.com.

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I'm going to miss you Ray. I hope you find peace.

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