Martha M. Hooper PDF Print E-mail

Martha Mayer Hooper, daughter of the late Euston Hutto Mayer and Edna Shealy Mayer, was born in Newberry on December 23, 1925. She attended Newberry schools following the death of her father in Baltimore, in 1933.

Martha was a music major at (then) women-only Winthrop College when she met Harold Hal Hooper. Hal’s Aviation Cadet flight class was billeted at Winthrop awaiting orders. Hal hammered boogie-woogie on a piano in a “sound proof” practice room as Martha prepared for a piano recital in the adjacent room. Frustrated and irritated, she stormed over and banged on the door. They married at Greenville, Mississippi a short time later, while he was still attending flight school.

Following Hal’s service as a B-24 Liberator pilot in the Army Air Corps, they made their home in Indiana. There they reared three sons: Larry Boyd, Michael Thomas (deceased), and Lee Allan. Martha returned to school and earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Education from Butler University in Indianapolis and taught in the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township.

She began her service as a church musician at age 13 at Mt. Tabor Lutheran in Little Mountain playing the pump organ and continued playing organ throughout the years at Concordia Lutheran in Evansville, Indiana; Pilgrim Lutheran in Indianapolis; and later at Aveleigh Presbyterian in Newberry.

When Martha and Hal retired to South Carolina, they built a home on family property in the community. Hal passed away on February 17, 2011; Martha passed away in her home on April 21. She and Hal leave behind six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018. The family will receive friends from 12:45 – 1:45 pm in the church parlor. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Music Ministry of Mt. Tabor Lutheran.

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#8 Larry Hooper 2018-04-29 21:02
Heaven must be located in the Little Mountain/ Prosperity community. If not, it is a community of angels. Thank you for your outpouring of support and love.
#7 Debbie Maddalena 2018-04-26 16:25
Thoughts and prayers to Lee,Larry and their families! Martha has been such a great influence in my life these last four years! She has taught me much about life! I have really enjoyed the time we spent together and have so many precious memories! I am going to miss that lady so much!!! I know that she is out of pain now and is in a better place! RIP Martha until we meet again!!!!
#6 Patsy Counts Turner 2018-04-24 15:31
I am so saddened to hear about Mrs. Martha's death. I fondly remember summer days from my youth that I would spend at her and Mr. Hal's house when Amy and Chris were there. Those were such good times that I will never forget! She was always so warm and welcoming and I felt like I was always at home at her house. My deepest sympathy goes out to her loved ones.
#5 Jeanna Torrence Hall 2018-04-24 09:47
I am very sorry to hear of Mrs. Martha's passing. She was a very dear friend to my Granny, Carolyn Torrence. I remember going over to her house a lot with Granny when I was a child. She always had a beautiful smile on her face. My prayers go out to her family.
#4 Terrie Mayer 2018-04-23 13:46
Simply-stated,I loved Martha dearly---from the first time I met her some 50 years ago.

She will surely be a TRUE JOY in HEAVEN!!!!


Much love,
Terrie Mayer
#3 Rhonda Lindler 2018-04-23 08:46
Word can not come close to exoressing how sad we are losing Martha. May God comfort you at this difficult time. Martha was truly loved by many people and made a huge impact on many people. For Brett she was not only a teacher, but a grandmother and a friend. He credits her for where he is today with piano. She shared her love of music with him freely. He misses her greatly. When he’d come home from Furman ifor visits he’d stop at her house first. She was first on his list. Praying for comfort and peace.
#2 Donald & Eloise Coun 2018-04-23 06:33
Our heartfelt sympathies to Larry, Lee and their families. Martha will be truly missed. She was not only a cousin, but a dear friend and will be sorely missed in our community. May God be with you and comfort you all at this most difficult time.
#1 Tom and Gaye Sler 2018-04-22 18:41
Martha and Hal were some of our most cherished friends. Her love for music and service to Aveleigh Presbyterian will always be remembered. Blessings to the family as you celebrate her life and love for others.