Murray, KY Sep. 23, 1934 | Jan. 21, 2023
Murray, KY | Sep. 23, 1934 | Jan. 21, 2023
Mr. Kelsie Reed Hooks, age 88 of Murray, KY, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Murray Calloway Co. Hospital, Murray, KY. 

Born September 23, 1934, in Golden Pond, KY, he was the son of the late Stanton Reeves and Melissia “Lissie” (Hudson) Hooks.  Mr. Hooks worked at Murray Tappan and retired from Murray State University where he worked in Food Services. He was also the owner and operator of Kelsie Hooks Used Cars. He was a member of Scott’s Grove Baptist Church, Murray, KY. 

Mr. Hooks is survived by his children, Lance Reed Hooks (Tonya) of Savannah, GA, Paulette Hooks Turner (Glenn) of Blountville, TN, and Kellee Hooks Morris of Murray, KY; loving sister, Edna Vance of Almo, KY; grandchildren, Brenton Reed Hooks (Delaina), Tyler Hooks (Megan), Alexander Hooks (Emily), Laura Kelsie Day (Matthew), Emily Anderson, Kelsea Swafford, and Blake Morris; and great-grandchildren, Marina Hooks, Luna Reed Hooks, Layla Hooks, Tyler Hooks, Mason James Day, and Noah Day. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings, Lillian Prescott, Etta White, James Mason Hooks, Gail Workman, Velva Maupin, and Marie Outland.

Kelsie grew up in Golden Pond, KY, with his loving mother and six sisters.  In his early years living between the rivers, he worked for Dr. Spiceland, a veterinarian who served the area.  This experience developed his love of all animals and the outdoors.  Kelsie was saved at Elm Grove Baptist Church and was baptized in Kentucky Lake when he was 17 years old.  He loved his church family at Scott's Grove Baptist Church.  He attended Almo School and later Murray State University. 

He was an avid gardener and was happiest when he was working with his hands, planting and cultivating vegetables, plants, and flowers of all kinds.   No one loved good food more than Kelsie.  He was always in the kitchen, cooking, canning, and experimenting with every vegetable that he grew.  He also made his own muscadine wine. 

One of his greatest loves was music, and in particular, classic country music.  Among his favorite artists throughout his life were Hank Williams, Sr., Jimmie Rodgers, Cowboy Copas, and Tex Ritter.  On Saturday nights, he would tune in to RFD TV for an evening with Mollie B. Polka Party, the Gaithers, Daniel O'Donnell, and Marty Stuart and Connie Smith.   Most of all, he loved the Lord and was loving and loyal to all of his family and friends.  He was a simple man who was content with what the Lord provided.  When he was once asked what was the most beautiful place he had ever seen, he said right here at my home. 

Funeral Services will be conducted Friday, January 27, 2023, at 2:00 p.m., in the chapel of the Blalock-Coleman
Funeral Home with Garry Evans and Rev. Ed Chapman officiating.   Burial will follow the service in the Scott’s Grove Cemetery, Murray, KY.  

Friends may visit with the family between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at the Blalock-Coleman Funeral Home, 713 South 4th St., Murray, KY 42071.  

The family requests the memorial contributions be made in memory of Mr. Hooks to Scott's Grove Baptist Church; Boys Town, P.O. Box 8000, Boys Town, NE 68010, website is:, and the ALS Association, Kentucky Chapter, 13102 Eastpoint Park Blvd, #101 - Louisville, KY 40223.                

Blalock-Coleman Funeral Home & Cremation Services is honored to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Hooks.

Please share your messages of condolence by signing his virtual guestbook at

Blalock-Coleman Funeral Home
713 South 4th Street
Murray, Kentucky 42071
Email : Phone : (270) 753-6800