James Edward Hooker aka J. E. Hooker was born in Lincoln County, MS, on 04 Dec 1918, to William Hooker and Annie Thomas. He was the grandson of Civil War veteran George Thomas. He married Farrie Smith. The couple's children were: William, Johnson, Charles, Ella, Mary, and Elease.
He retired from the Lincoln County Sheriff Department after serving 20 years as the first black sheriff for the county.
J. E. died 12 Aug 2002, buried in Scott Cemetery, Caseyville, MS.