"Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31. William L. Hoover, Jr., died on August 30,2013, after a courageous battle with polycystic kidney disease and multiple myeloma. He was born March 14, 1953, in Bryan, Texas, to William, Sr. and Sarah Copeland Hoover. Raised in Nixon and College Station, Texas, Billy played tennis on full scholarship at Texas A&M University, and graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1975. Bill married Susan Carey of Lake Jackson, Texas in 1976. He spent the majority of his career working for Dow Chemical in their engineering offices in Houston, TX, and Plaquemine, LA and retired as Department Leader for Louisiana Operations Engineering Solutions after 30 years of service. Bill and Susan were charter members of Holy Covenant UMC in Katy, TX, and were active in University UMC, Baton Rouge, after moving to Louisiana in 1989. He was currently a member of First UMC, Gonzales, LA. Bill was an avid golfer who enjoyed building sets of golf clubs for family and friends, and who realized a longtime dream of living on a golf course when he and Susan moved to Pelican Point in 2005. Since retiring in 2008, Bill and Susan had travelled many miles in their motor home with their canine companions Maggie and Elvis, enjoying playing golf along the way, and visiting with family and friends. Bill viewed life as a precious gift from God, and was truly thankful for the additional years he was given to spend with his family through the gifts of his kidney transplants. Bill was preceded in death by his father, William L. Hoover, Sr., and his in-laws, Dale and Faye Carey. In addition to his wife Susan, Bill is survived by his mother, Sarah Copeland Hoover of Bonham, TX; son and daughter-in-law Jonathan "Jon" and Whitney Gilbert Hoover and grandson Luke of Baton Rouge; daughter Elizabeth "Libby" Hoover of Smyrna, GA; brother and sister-in-law Richard and Beth Hoover of College Station, TX; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sally and Larry Bursell of Bonham, TX, Lee Ann and Richard McKinney of San Antonio, TX; and stepmother, Pat Hoover of Bryan, TX. The family would like to express gratitude to Dr. Michael Roppolo and to Dr. Gerald Miletello and his staff for years of compassionate care, the medical teams who cared for Bill at Tulane Hospital and Clinic in New Orleans, and SouthernCare Hospice. Arrangements by Rabenhorst Funeral Homes. A celebration of Bill's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 7 at First UMC of Gonzales, 224 West Constitution St., with Rev. Mark Goins officiating. Visitation with family at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Polycystic Kidney Disease Research and Education Foundation (pkdcure.org) or The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (themmrf.org). We love you and miss you already, but live with the assurance that we will see you "On the Road Again."
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Sept. 3 to Sept. 6, 2013