2014 Legacy Inductee
1924 - 2012
William Hoopes was born in Chattanooga November 11, 1924. He attended public school in Chattanooga and Cincinnati. Like many youngsters of his era, Hoopes was a Boy Scout, a golden gloves boxer, and sold newspapers; he also worked at a pharmacy on weekends. Upon graduation he joined the Navy then transferred to the Marines and attended medic school. Before going off to war, Bill married Martha Voinche. He was at Iwo Jima during World War II, was wounded, and was awarded the Purple Heart. After the war, Hoopes attended several colleges and studied art, speech and voice, and photography. He became an instrument rated pilot. In 1961, he moved to Quitman after purchasing WSFB. Bill Hoopes hosted the morning show on the station and was known as the voice of Quitman. He was an award winning photographer and owned and operated Bill Hoopes Studio. In 2008, he sold WSFB and pursued many hobbies. He died in 2012.
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