AUBURN, Ala. — Dr. James Norman Hool, 79, of Auburn, Ala., and formerly of Streator, passed away Tuesday, April, 17, 2018, at his home.
Jim was born on May 28, 1938, in Streator, to Glenn N. and Pauline (Strawn) Hool. He married his loving wife, Amerils J. Hool, on Dec. 6, 1989, and shared a blessed 29 years together.
In life, Jim was a scholar, educator and athlete. He graduated from Streator High School in 1956 and from Purdue University with a BA in forestry in 1960, a master's in 1962 and was awarded his doctorate in statistical engineering in 1963. He taught at Auburn Uinversity for 37 years in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and continued consulting upon retirement. Jim's hobbies of trains and boats were passions he shared with all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn N. and Pauline (Strawn) Hool; and son-in-law, James Stewart Young.
Jim is survived by his devoted wife, Amerils J. Hool; daughter, Alexandra (Larry) Parkman, Gabe and Conner, of Sharspburg, Ga.; son, Gregory (Erin) Hool, Elliot and Paige, of Auburn; daughter, Myra Young, Parker and Grant, of Buford, Ga.; son, Robert Craig Williams and Kelsey, of Haleyville, Ala.; and daughter, Marsha (Bud) Wilson, Sara and Clay, of Haleyville, Ala. He is also survived by his sisters, Linda Wagner, of Streator, and Laura (John) Bowers, of Montrose, Colo.; and brother, Scott Hool, of Streator; as well as several nieces and nephews.
In the last year, Jim enjoyed the people, music and care of REACH Community Respite Ministry of Auburn United Methodist Church in Auburn. In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored for donations in Jim's name to be made to the REACH Community Respite Ministry, P.O. Box 3135, Auburn, AL 36831-3135.
The memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, April 23, in the founders Chapel of Auburn United Methodist Church, 137 Gay St., Auburn, Ala. Visitation will begin in the chapel at 12:30 p.m.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory
1500 Fredrick Road, Opelika, AL 36801