Prenetta 'Pennie'
Prenetta Jean Hooks, lovingly known as Pennie was born to Curtis and Betty Hooks Dec. 1, 1952 and passed away Oct. 26, 2009 at the young age of 56 after a courageous battle with cancer. Pennie was raised in the Los Angeles area and graduated from the USC School of Medicine's Physician Assistant Program where she received the P.A. of the year award during her residency at King/Drew Medical Center. Throughout her career she was a member of the California Association of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She enjoyed traveling tremendously and visited Washington D.C., Louisiana, Chicago, New Jersey, France, England, the Bahamas, Mexico and many other places. She also enjoyed shopping, traveling, sun bathing, reading, keeping up with current events and politics, visiting museums, jazz concerts and dancing. She is survived by her mother Betty "Dee" Cole, significant other Darryl Ford, siblings, Deniece Rout, Lee Cook, Tammi McPhee, and Weldon Cook Jr. and also leaves behind nieces, nephews, a host of uncles, aunts and cousins in CA, LA, and MS. She is preceded in death by her Father Curtis Hooks. A celebration of her life and Memorial Service will be held on Friday November 6, 2009 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Rice Mortuary in Torrance, CA. Memorial Services will begin at 10:00 with a short reception to follow at the mortuary. Please use this website, to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. All my love and prayers go out to the family. May God comfort and strengthen you, during your time of sorrow. Much Love, Alva

  2. We love Tammie McPhee and, by extension, we love Penny and the rest of the family. When you hurt . . .we hurt. Only God, however, feels it and understands it at the level that you do. Look to him. Seek to be comforted by Him. The saddness over the passing of your sister will persist, but He stands ready to pull you through it and give you the will, the wisdom, and the strength to carry on. We ARE family. We love you. Keep on !!

  3. I will surely miss Penny. She was a very loving and vibrant women. She was full of life and enjoyed living. Once she excepted the Lord, he simply wanted her to be closer to him, so he called her home. She is in a beautiful mansion now. One day I will see her again because we are sisters in the Lord. Love you and miss you so much Penny. I would say that Tammi was the reason we met, but, even before I met Tammi, I knew Penny. She was my PA at my doctors office. Tammi allowed me to get to know her better. Thank you Tammi for being a loving sister to Penny and a good true friend to me. Love and hugs, Peretha

  4. Though there are no words that can bring you comfort at this time, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May memories of the laughter and love you all shared bring all of you peace now and always. Peace be with you, Carolyn and Ivory

  5. I’m strong enough to rise above most any troubled time. Today may be a mountain…but I was born to climb! During this difficult time, may you find comfort in knowing that others understand and care. You are in our prayers.

  6. What a beautiful woman you are Pennie … I wish we could have spent more time together in this lifetime (we have so much in common), but I know we will spend lots of time together throughout eternity! I will always treasure the memory of you.

  7. Though your heart is heavy at this time,God is always near,he will heal your broken heart. Our sincere condolences. Ronald & La Bonia Washington

  8. Penny, when I think back at all the wonderful times we’ve had over the many years, its hard believe you wont be there with us, you have been a wonderful blessing in my life, you will forever be in my heart and memory. I will cheer in your place at every “Super Bowl”, I will toast to you with every visit to the wineries and I will aplaud for you at every jazz venue. Until we meet again, I love you, and Gods speed

  9. I will always remember Pennie sitting with the family, surrounded by people who loved her, in the Praise Venue at Saddleback Church. I would always say a special prayer for her. To know that now she is celebrating eternity in Heaven with Jesus gives me great joy. I know she is going to be missed deeply but to know that one day we’ll all be together in the presence of the Lord is the greatest comfort we can be given in the midst of our grief. Blessed Assurance! I will continue to pray as will the Saddleback Praise Choir and the Praise Congregation.

  10. Dear Tammi and family, Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. I know that God will comfort you through this time, and that He won’t waste a tear that is shed. I pray that you feel His arms wrapped around you at this time. Love, Dee

  11. I will miss Pennie’s leadership, her perseverance, and the great camaraderie we shared since birth. I will miss her laughter and her love. I loved her in life as though she were my sister. Now, I love her in death especially for that great courage she held firm during her transition. I am pleased I will see my Pennie once again. It will be my “Joy in the Morning”.

  12. To the Family, thank you for sharing your wonderful Pennie with me and my family and friends. She was a jewel here on earth and will definitely shine bright in heaven above. I will miss my dear friend as will you, but I have joy knowing that I will see her once again. I love you all, God Bless, Evangeline and Dr. J.T. Lane.

  13. Penni and Tammi have always been like sisters to me. She will be missed dearly and I will remember her forever. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  14. May the grace of God be with the Hooks family in this time of bereavement. I pray that God comfort you and heal all your pain. There is no pain that God cannot cure.

  15. Pennie, you will be missed.. No one had the ability to make fun of me the way you did and could crack me up in the process. your laughter was infectious! I will miss you much… Kari

  16. Dear Tammi Please know that you and your family are in our prayers and we known that God’s presence will comfort and strengthen you during this time of mourning. “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear.”

  17. Dearest Tammie and family, May God’s love be your strength and comfort and may you feel the many prayers being said at this time of sorrow. While this is a sad time here on earth, it is a rejoicing time knowing that Pennie is healed and in heaven! We will one day all be united! Pennie’s life here on earth is honored and cherished. May your memories bring you comfort and peace of heart, now and through the days ahead. Much love,

  18. Janet and I wanted to express our deepest sympathy to you for the loss of your cherished loved one. We are praying for God’s everlasting comfort and strength to be with you in the difficult days ahead. May He bless you with His joy and peace as you celebrate Pennie’s graduation to life eternal.

  19. Dear Tammi & Family, Because we know your’re hurting, we search for things to say. Or any little gesture, to help you in some way. For though we can’t heal sorrow with friendship’s gentle touch, we hope it’s comforting to know we care so very much. Stay strong. Our sincere condolences Sherry Lewis & Family

  20. Dee,Tammi,Denice & Bucky You are in our thoughts and prayers. Penny will always be in our hearts. I/We will miss the probing questions and the genuine interest she showed in people,friends and life. With much LOVE Marcus,Mirna and Marlee

  21. Our hearts and prayers go out to Pennie’s family in this time of loss. May God’s mercy and grace cover you all. Words cannot express our heartfelt sadness at her passing. May the Lord God Almighty strengthen and comfort you all and may you find solace in is every abiding love. Our Deepest Sympathy, Earl, Jennifer & Janelle McPhee

  22. Tammie,I will always remember the very first time I met Pennie with the ball head. Wow! She looked good. She was always ahead of her time. Pennie was bald before it was popular. What I will remember most is her doing my make up for my wedding. Pennie will be missed for sure. Stay strong in the Lord. I love you. Your big sister from TPS, Dorothy.

  23. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We know how much you loved Pennie and how deeply you will miss her. God’s blessings.

  24. Dee,Tammi,Denice & Bucky My prayers are with you. Dee, you are so special that God pick you to be the mother of such a wonderful daughter, sister, cousin and friend. May He continue to bless and keep you.

  25. Dee & Family, We love you and we will miss our beloved cousin Penny. Our hearts go out to you and the family.

  26. Pennie’s beauty and grace continue to be an inspiration to all. We will miss her physical presence but we rejoice with you because of her salvation and healing. Look to the Lord for His peace and may you find some small comfort in your memories of her and in the love of your family and many friends. We love you all.

  27. Dearest Tammi, Mom and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your deepest need at the passing of your beloved Pennie. We rejoice with you, knowing Pennie is watching over you with our heavenly father. We offer our sympathy and love.

  28. Tammi and family. I love you. Words cannot express what you must be feeling–just want you all to know that I’m there for you. Many prayers to HIM on your behalf. All my love, Kimberly Polite

  29. Dear Tammi and Family, This is a most difficult time for you all and we share in your saddness. We are also encouraged by your strength and committment to do as Pennie asked. Now Pennie is with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We will continue to lift you and yours in prayer.

  30. Dear Tammi, Dee & Family, My prayers of blessing and peace go up for you as you celebrate the life of your beloved Pennie. May God’s love embrace and comfort you as you miss her. With love and sympathy,

  31. Momma Dee, Tammi and Nece, I am grateful God is comforting you during this time. May you continue to be held safely in his arms as he bottles every one of your tears. Love you!

  32. My dear, sweet, beautiful sister Pennie, I will carry you in my heart as long as I live. Until we meet again I will cherish the memory of love and fun we shared throughout our lives. I know it will put a smile on my face and warmth in my heart. Thank you for being such a blessing in my life. God gave me the best big sister in the world. I will forever look up to you. I miss you soooo much already! I LOVE YOU!!!

  33. Dear Tammy and Family, I’m sorry I was unable to attend Pennie’s services. My deepest sympathies to you all. I did not have a personal relationship with Pennie but remember her for her professionalism in the medical field. She was there for us when Jordan was a baby, now 18 years old, when she worked with Prairie Medical Group in Inglewood. She was on her game,knowledgeable with a sincere and pleasant “bedside” manner. She appeared to me to be ahead of her time then and her stature was tall, one of grace and goddess like to me. May your fondest memories of Pennie and the Lord’s peace comfort you at this time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Love Nat & Archie and The Boys

  34. Tammi, We were so sorry to hear of Pennie’s passing. Our deepest sympathies go out to you, Rene, Lauren, Kiki, and your entire family. May you all seek the one and only true Comfortor during your time of bereavement-JESUS CHRIST. God Bless you all, The Andersons(Ray, Debi, Faith & Raymond)

  35. Dear Tammi and Family, I know that there are no words to describe the feeling of losing someone you love so dearly. I am praying that God will comfort you and your family in such a time as this one. May Jesus be with you all. Love you,

  36. What a Precious Marvelous Ray of Light my beautiful cousin Penny was, and forever will be. Indeed a lovely powerful warm woman, I am so grateful to be her cousin, and am priviliged to continue living in her legacy of greatness and peace. I love you Penny! xo Lauren

  37. Tammi, Thank you so much for letting me know about Pennies’ passing. I was shocked and saddened to hear that she had died. I have many, many fond memories of Pennie. Some during our high school days,when she would let us hang out with her, and after we graduated and were becoming young women. I loved, admired, and respected her, and always considered her a ‘second’ big sister. I will miss her, and hope to see her again one day. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers now and always. Love, Debbie Yarrell

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