Jimmy Hooker

JimmyMountain Mission is the only home some children have ever known. That was true for Jimmy Hooker, who arrived at Mountain Mission when tragedy struck his family.

“I was brought to Mountain Mission after my mother died in 1942,” Jimmy recalls. “I was four years old. There were three of us: my two sisters were six and eight. My father couldn’t take care of all of us after we lost our mother, so I lived here all the time until I went into the Air Force. It’s been home…it’s still home. That’s why I always say I come from Mountain Mission School.”

Now retired, Jimmy looks back on his years at Mountain Mission and sees the enduring benefits it brought to his life.

“For me, Mountain Mission taught me how to work, how to make a living, how to be respectful…and they taught me about the Lord Jesus Christ. You couldn’t ask for anybody to teach you anything better than that—to love the Lord and be a part of His kingdom. They gave me direction in life, and that’s what they’re doing for the kids here now.”