Hocker, Mary

Mary Helen Hocker, age 98 of Arlington, passed away on September 9, 2019 at Clinton-Hickman County ICF.

Mary Helen was born in McNeill, Mississippi on September 13, 1920 to the late Robert Alexander and Daisy Terry Parrish. She was of the Baptist faith and a member of the Arlington First Baptist Church. Mary Helen devoted her life to working with children, in both her career and her faith. She spent countless hours helping children in the Arlington First Baptist Nursery learn the books of the Bible and prepare older children for regional Bible Drills. She also worked for over 25 years as a Speech Language Pathologist with the Easter Seals Center of Paducah.

Mary Helen moved to the Arlington area in 1941 after she married her husband of 56 years, Robert P. Hocker, Jr. She was well educated, earning an associate’s degree from Bethel College in Hopkinsville and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech and hearing from Murray State University. Her MA was earned in 1972, graduating along her son, Robert, who earned his bachelor’s in business. She was also a very active member in the Arlington Women’s Club.

Mary Helen is survived by her son, Robert P. Hocker, III and wife, Cynthia of Arlington; daughter Melinda Anne Craig and husband, Berry Craig III of Mayfield; three grandsons, Benjamin Hocker and wife, Brittanie of Nashville, Jonathan Hocker and wife, Shaina of Cadiz and Berry Craig IV of Louisville; two great-grand daughters, Callie and Harlee Hocker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert P. Hocker, Jr.; her parents; one sister, Anne Catherine Markham; one brother, Robert Terry Parrish.

Funeral services for Mary Helen will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2019 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Arlington with Rev. David Sphinx officiating. Burial will follow at Arlington City Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy can be made in Mary Helen Hocker’s name to Arlington First Baptist Building Fund: PO Box 250 Arlington, KY 42021 and Easter Seals of West Kentucky: 801 N 29th St. Paducah, KY 42001

You may leave a message for the family or light a candle at www.milnerandorr.com


Published 12:00 AM, Tuesday Sep. 10, 2019
Updated 01:31 PM, Tuesday Sep. 10, 2019

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