Nashville, Tenn (January 24, 2016) – “Today we mourn the loss of the John Jay Hooker, but we also celebrate his extraordinary life. For decades Mr. Hooker was a role model for progressives across Tennessee and the country. Never afraid to take a stand for what he believed was right, this larger than life man guided an entire generation of politicians and citizens to do the same. His defining presence and his generous spirit will be missed.”