October 25, 2021
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Jean Ann Lair Hockaday

1964 – 2020

A sunset service for Jean Ann Lair Hockaday, 56, was held on August 7 at her country home in Emory. 

Mrs. Hockaday died on  August 4, 2020. She was born on July 22, 1964 in Dallas, to Idus and Margaret Lair. She loved to serve people and to travel. She was an American Airlines stewardess for over 27 years. Right after she started working at American Airlines, she was based out of Chicago and the union chose to strike. She walked through the picket lines because she had to do what was best for her family. She also went through 9/11 and always put on a brave face with a beautiful smile. The passengers, pilots and crew loved her.  

She lived by doing the right thing and always encouraged her kids, grand kids and family to get along and love each other deeply. She enjoyed reading, she loved lighthouses, she loved watching her grand kids play sports and be there for all their activities. She loved music and concerts, but most importantly she loved Jesus. She will always be remembered as a beautiful person with a beautiful soul who would do anything for anybody. 

Her laugh was contagious as well as her beautiful smile. She would always light up a room wherever she went.  She was a fighter, an extremely hard worker, a loving daughter, mama and Sugar that always put her family first. She attended Clarks Chapel Church of God and fully experienced The Holy Ghost. 

Mrs. Hockaday is survived by her children, J.C. White and Brittainy Thomas;  son-in-law, Kevin Thomas; grandchildren, Kinzlee and Kaemon Thomas; mother, Margaret Lair; sisters, Kim Cameron and LaTonna Drake; brother-in-law, Curt Drake; nieces, Karissa Wray and  husband Sammy, Baylee Bookman and husband Billy, Presley McAree; nephew, Audie McAree; great nephew, Keegan Wray; great niece, Kadence Wray, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Idus Lair.