Alma Jean Hocker
High School Instructor for 28 Years
Served as a Sunday School Teacher
DAR and Genealogical Guru
As an expert in literary history and genealogy, this lady has exceled in her chosen field. Alma Jean Hocker was first educated in Butler County (even beginning in a one room school) and later at Western Kentucky University where she received her BA in English and Science; she later earned her Master’s in Education. Jean had further classes there and used her expertise to teach at Butler County High School for 28 years where she was much loved and admired-especially by her many student teachers.
Born Alma Jean Render in 1930, she was a longtime resident of Logansport, Kentucky; Big Bend Rural Development in that area was a great source of joy during her life. She wed Hugh Hocker and their union produced 4 children, 9 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. It was a marriage based on love and mutual respect.
A member of First Baptist Church for over 50 years; she taught the Youth Class and is presently the Adult Ladies teacher. She helped compile the 100 year history of the church and in doing so added even more respect and acclaim to her church.
Jean worked with the Butler County DAR beginning in 1971 and acted as Regent, Vice Regent and Secretary-all time consuming responsibilities. She shouldered more duties in the Historical and Genealogical Society where she began her service about 1970. She had multiple articles published concerning this area; these made her a connoisseur of significant happenings in the Butler County area. Jean’s marvelous books delineating the history of one room schools as well as her participation in the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English brought more challenges. She was President and Vice President of this meaningful group.
Despite losing one eye to glaucoma, she has continued to enjoy reading and is still planning further research on Butler County folklore plus a Kentucky literature outline. Her legacy lives on.