Visitation One

Sun. Jan. 14, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Beresford Funeral Service

13501 Alief Clodine Road
Houston , TX 77082.

Funeral Service

Sun. Jan. 14, 2018
2:00 pm

Beresford Funeral Service

13501 Alief Clodine Road
Houston , TX 77082.
Sun. Jan. 14, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Beresford Funeral Service
13501 Alief Clodine Road
Houston , TX 77082.
Sun. Jan. 14, 2018
2:00 pm
Beresford Funeral Service
13501 Alief Clodine Road
Houston , TX 77082.
In Memory of
Dave Edward Hookham

David Edward Hookham was born June 5th, 1957 in Glenn Ellyn Illinois. He was second of three children (Valerie, Dave & Philip) to parents Samuel Gay Hookham and Arlene Claire Hookham. From an early age, Dave developed an interest in engineering, a career that would take him many places in life.

In his teenage years, Dave worked for his father’s construction company and continued his passion for building and fixing things. He soon became a vital member of the Hookham Brothers Construction.

Dave graduated with a BS and a MS in Chemical Engineering at The University of Illinois and The University of Wisconsin respectively. Then he began his career in Houston where he went on to pursue and achieve an additional MS in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Houston.

While working in Houston, he met one of his colleagues, Patricia Maillard, whom he eventually married in 1991. Not long after, they welcomed the birth of a beautiful son, William Travis Hookham.

Dave was a very cautious person. He once worked for a multinational company and was sent to work at Qingdao, China. When he was at immigration, he was asked to sign a Chinese document. But because he couldn’t understand the content, he refused to sign, and in turn, he was imprisoned for a few days. Ultimately his company had to send someone to get him out. He was a man of integrity, one who lived by moral values and would never yield to intimidation or bribery.

He would never make a concession to anything unreasonable. He was once cheated by a credit card company who asked him to pay more than what he owed. He refused to do so. Hence from then on, he stopped using credit cards altogether. He chose to do what he felt was right and he wouldn’t easily compromise.

In 2005, Dave was assigned a work project in Japan. There he met a close colleague who brought him to the New Testament Church while in Japan. Dave then accepted the Full Truth of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Witnesses of Blood, Water and Holy Spirit. On Sept.11, 2005 he was baptized into the Lord’s name in the oceans of Japan. After Dave returned to the New Testament Church, he was filled with unspeakable joy and felt very content. For the whole year in Japan, he would look forward to weekends when he would faithfully attend church services with his fellow Christian brothers and sisters.

In 2006, Dave returned to Houston after his job assignment in Japan. He continued to attend weekly church services in the Church of Houston.

With a simple heart, Dave believed that nothing happened by coincidence, but through the arrangements of God. Whenever he saw spiritual numbers or heavenly phenomenon, he believed they were God’s signs to confirm his faith in following Grandpa in the NTC. It always seemed fairly easy for him to follow without doubt or queries. He knew that the NTC was the true church rebuilt by the Holy Spirit, in which Grandpa is the true apostle, and that NTC is a place where he could find the Truth that lead to eternal life. Ever since he returned to the NTC, he never disobeyed the heavenly vision. He often downloaded and listened to the Church audio messages and whenever coworkers gave him spiritual book assignments, he would complete everything with no further ado.

Having known each other for 31 years, Dave and Patricia gradually accumulated uncompromising issues that strained their marriage. Knowing the teachings of the Bible, Dave tried to save the marriage but to no avail. They just couldn’t reach common grounds, so in 2012 they got a divorce.

Just when life seemed to have fallen apart for Dave in 2012, he met Esther in Houston. He admired her faith in the Lord, and eventually remarried inJanuary, 2014.

After their marriage, Esther only grew more certain that Dave was God’s custom-made companion for her. There was no secret, no boundaries that kept them apart. He always called Esther his dear wife. They were best friends; they were soul-mates.

Their time spent together was unforgettable. They toured various places, including the Biblical site of Noah’s Ark on the Mounts of Ararat in Turkey. After watching life videos from different consecrated lands, Dave began to long for the Eden lifestyle, to live according to God’s original creation. Dave happily followed Esther to several consecrated lands. They visited Mt. Zion, the holy mountain in Taiwan, various local churches in Taiwan, and often went to Mt. Olive, an offshoot of Zion in California. Dave admired how brothers and sisters in the NTC, served God in one heart without any distinction of being rich or poor.  He loved Grandpa and followed Grandpa’s leading, because he affirmed that Grandpa is the Latter Day Elijah prophesied in the Book of Malachi. In his pocket, Dave always carried with him a key chain with Grandpa’s picture on it. Because Dave and Esther shared the same faith and vision, their lives together were full of meaning and value. They were very happy together.

Dave was a very frugal person. He would never throw anything away as long as it was still useful. He didn’t care too much about his attire or his impression on others. He was very well-paid, but he didn’t seek for materialistic things. He was very content with what he had.  Nevertheless, he was a very grateful person. In his will, he wanted to donate part of his assets to the college he went to. Back then it was at this college that he had a heart surgery through students’ insurance and received a large amount of blood transfusion. Ever since then, he often returned to donate his blood. This was his gesture of gratitude. He has a blood-donor’s cup at home, which shows that he’s already donated 30 gallons of blood, over the years.

For the last 12 years, Dave was a true Christian, proven by his Christian conduct. He didn’t smoke, drink, abuse drugs, or gamble. He didn’t watch ball games, or read any obscene publications. He didn’t enjoy worldly entertainments. He was not interested in shopping, buying and selling stocks, nor was he ever tempted by investment opportunities. He simply worked diligently. He kept a low-profile of himself and didn’t put too much attention on what he ate or what he wore. Life could be less than comfortable, but he had the audacity to endure through hardships.

During the holidays at the end of 2017, Dave went to Taiwan with Esther for her dentist and eye doctor’s appointment. Afterwards, they learned that Esther needed to have a cataract surgery, so Dave first went back to the US. Originally, Esther thought she would be back home in 10 days. Unexpectedly, she had an allergic reaction toward the eye drops, so her return flight was postponed. During their time apart, Esther and Dave either sent text messages or talked on the phone, every day. On Dec 28, when Esther called Dave, no one answered the phone. When she didn’t get a reply from any of her texts or emails, she sensed something was wrong, so she immediately asked Dave’s son to call the local police, and asked the neighbors to check the house. Soon after, the police found Dave lying on the floor, in the backyard patio. He had passed away.

On 12/17 during the meeting, all the saints w​atch​ed the Dec 17th video report on the dedication of the fence on Hebron. Dave was exceptionally attentive as everyone proclaimed 1 Chon 11​, 12: "David, our dear Grandpa, we are yours, we are with you!  ​S​uccess to you, and success to those who help you, for your God will help you….David's kingdom appears! Grandpa's ministry is accomplished! God’s work is done!”

While determining the day of resting service, Esther felt that it would be most convenient for the guests to attend on a Sunday, so Jan. 14th seemed to be the perfect day. At a closer look on NTC’s calendar, everyone realized without foreknowledge that Jan. 14th was the Passover! From this we all saw how God confirmed that Dave had been sanctified and made holy not by works nor deeds but by believing in the forgiveness of the Blood of the Lamb, our Lord Jesus Christ Who takes away all our sins.

When the highway on MO was made accessible and the walls of the City of David was built, Dave was chosen by God, to be adorned and received into glory, so we’re very thankful for him. Though we are all reluctant to see our dear Brother Dave go so abruptly, but God uses this as a reminder that He can also come at any time to receive His Church. Dave was prepared and ready, so the Lord took him first. Our Brother Dave is truly one who fought the good fight, ran the race, and kept the faith. He never disobeyed the vision from heaven. Therefore, his life is full of meaning and value. Very soon, we will meet our dear Bro. Dave again in the Holy City! Hallelujah UNNS ACP!


Services are planned for Sunday, January 14, 2018 in the Chapel of Beresford Funeral Service with viewing/visitation from 1 to 2 PM and the funeral starting at 2 PM. 



Dave Hookham

Sign Guestbook

James Dilts

Andrew Wilson

Chrsitine Lee

Lydia Pan

Roson Chea

PIerre Chou

Frank Chou

We are so sorry to hear about Cousin David. He always made us laugh. We will attend the services in Houston. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you durning this difficult time.

Glenn & Angie Hookham

Phil Hookham

Jennifer Hookham

Sung Po Lee

Emmanuel Lee

I only knew Dave for a short time when we work together on some projects. I enjoyed knowing him and I know that he has gone to a better place.

Lisa Black Spear

Marie Rusk

David Rusk

Majid Yarandi

Dave was a kind and thoughtful, and will be missed.

Khaldoon Sakkal

I plan to attend the memorial service.

Valerie, Grandma Arlene, Great-Aunt Carol

35 church friends from California

11 friends from Dallas - we'll be there!

5 close friends from the Church of Houston

I worked with David at Jacobs. I am very sorry for your loss.

Nydia Hurtado


I knew Dave when he was a undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering at University of Illinois in 1970s. He was very nice fellow and we ran into each other at Jacobs when I moved to Houston 4

I worked with Dave a long time ago, but recently reconnected . I'm so sorry to hear that he's gone; my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Kaylie Sung

Derek Sung


Sending condolences

Sending condolences from Charles, Jennie, and John Messley


Message from
Cami Weston
Fri, 01/05/2018

Dear: Auntie Esther, Christine, and Lydia

Please bare with me because I'm very terrible at formal letters.

You all were always like distant family to me. Thanks for helping me out in so many ways Chris. You probably never knew this Lydia, but I always looked up to you as a kid and always wanted to be in so many ways. I especially wanted to thank you Auntie Esther. In your many Chinese classes, you've taught me so much. Not only Chinese, but many of my life learning foundation started from your Chinese classes. Thank you so much for baring with our naughty group. And thanks for always checking in on me over the years.

I don't know Uncle Dave well. But from my what I see, he really took care of you all the best he could. Especially Chris' family and Auntie Esther. I haven't been married THAT long, but I know as long as a wife has a husband who takes care of her, thats all that matters. So I feel he's very precious.

I was very shocked and reluctant to hear of the sudden passing of Uncle Dave. I know first hand about loosing a close loved one. I also know no words can truly console. May God be your rock and consolation. No worries! We'll see them soon!😘

From Cami and family

Message from
Obie Nevels
Sat, 01/06/2018

I worked with Dave for a while in Dubai, our offices were pretty close to one another and we worked on the same project. I didn't have a lot of interface with him but do remember him as being very quiet and cordial. When he needed something reviewed or commented on he would never interrupt or get upset if we could not get to right then. I'm sorry to hear of his passing and my condolences go out to his family.

Message from
Hoda & Majid Yarandi
Sat, 01/06/2018

Dear Esther,
Please accept our condolences on the passing of David. It was an honor to have known such a great person and we will truly miss him. May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Message from
Sun, 01/07/2018

I got a chance to work with Dave briefly in Dubai. I enjoyed knowing him; he was a very decent and humble person with a very refined sense of humor. I am sure he is in a better place. My prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

Message from
Jessica Wright
Sun, 01/07/2018

I worked with Dave at Jacobs Engineering. He was a very sweet man. We occasionally kept in touch via email since we both no longer worked for Jacobs. I am very surprised and so sorry to hear of his passing. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the funeral services. My condolences go out to all of Dave's family, friends, former and current co-workers. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless.

Message from
內弟 延平謹代表台灣家人
Mon, 01/08/2018


Message from
Mon, 01/08/2018

I worked with Dave for 6 years, or so, at Jacobs Engineering. We worked on several projects together. He was always a pleasure to work with. We talked often about other things than work. I am fond of him and was just thinking about him at Christmas. Hoping He was having a great Christmas himself and thinking it's been too long since we last spoke.

It surprises and saddens me that Dave is gone. I am sure He is in Heaven. I pray GOD was kind and made His passing easy. I don't think I'll be able to attend His service. But, to his family and others friends, please accept me condolences. Dave will be missed.

Message from
The Perry Hookham Family
Mon, 01/08/2018

Dear David Hookham Family,
We offer our deepest condolences on the passing of Dave. I have great memories of Dave and all of our cousins working for Sam and Wes at Hookham Brothers Construction during our youth. We will all miss his unique sense of humor and thoughtfulness.
Rest in Peace

Message from
Jennifer Chow
Mon, 01/08/2018

condolence to your family.

please extend our love especially to your mom.

she is in our prayers.

Message from
Tue, 01/09/2018

I was shocked and sad to hear of Dave's passing. I wish the family peace in this time of sorrow and hope that your love and memories of Dave help fill the void in your lives. I have fond memories of riding bikes with Dave when training with our Jacobs MS150 team. Love and Best Wishes.

Message from
弟媳 黃麗莉
Tue, 01/09/2018


Message from
岳母 何李蘭惠
Wed, 01/10/2018


Message from
Little sis
Thu, 01/11/2018

想念姊夫,懷念他!姊夫(Dave)謙和丶平易近人,是個好好先生,兩三個月前還見他生龍活虎地來家中爬樹摘柚子、採枇杷 ,並和我談笑風生話家常,今天却已天人永隔,回歸天家,安息主懷,除了難以置信,更多的是傷痛與不捨.....Dave, we all love you! You’ll be always in our mind! Wish you the peace in rest! And we’ll help to take care of your beloved, Esther!

Message from
Niece, Kaylie Sung
Thu, 01/11/2018

Dear Aunt Esther, Christine and Lydia

We extend our deepest condolences. Dave was truly a blessing to Esther and the rest of your family. We remember when we first met him in Bellaire and have gotten to know him these past few years. He was very kind, patient, humorous and intelligent. It saddens us that he has passed so soon. We extend our prayers to you all and may God continue to look after your family.

Sung Family

Message from
Roberta Sieber
Sun, 01/14/2018

Dear Travis,
I am so sorry and saddened about the sudden passing of your father David. As you know, we were cousins and grew up together, first in Scottsdale, AZ and then in Glen Ellyn, IL and my memories of him are mostly from our childhood and the occasional family visits when he was older. Although we did not see each other often as adults, when we did he always kept that same unique sense of humor that he had even as a kid. He always had the ability to makes us laugh, and that is what I will miss the most about him.

Message from
Fri, 01/19/2018

姑爹你好 我相信有靈魂之說 我相信親愛的主會將我們的話告訴你 並且我相信你在那ㄧ邊仍舊喜樂
我們只有幾面之緣 但是我感受到你是ㄧ個對大姑姑很好的人 你做事很細心 看得出來是ㄧ個很好的人
太突然了 但是仍舊祝你 好好的 好好的
在天堂守護你的愛人吧 願你好好的阿門