In honor and memory of Della Mae Hooks.

Della Mae Gary Hooks (1961-2023). Rest in power.

Today we honor the memory of Della Hooks, beloved wife and helpmeet of our stalwart warrior, Castonoble Hooks. Della was the force behind Lane Street Project’s Senior Force, and her sudden loss leaves us bereft. Her kindness, her quiet strength, her boundless generosity were gifts she shared with all she encountered. When my own family was hurting, she spoke to us in her love language by sending dish after dish of barbecued ribs, chicken salad, cabbage, and macaroni and cheese, and we were grateful.

Cass, we honor the beautiful life and spirit of your wife Della. We lift you up in this dark hour. Your bond with Della was profoundly blessed, and your poetic tributes to her on even ordinary days showed us love in action. May your grief come gently. We love you.

Photo courtesy of Chris Facey.


  1. Cass, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to you. May Almighty God ease your pain and be the comfort that only He can provide.

  2. I am so sorry you have lost your dear wife Della. You and your family are in our thoughts.

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