In Loving Memory of
Cody Charles Hokett
July 29, 1985 - July 23, 2012

Cody was born in Odessa on July 29, 1985, to Tillman and Jerrie Bixler Hokett. At the time of his death, he was an assistant manager for Baker Distributing Company.

He was an assistant manager for Baker Distributing Co. Survivors include mother Jerrie Bixler Hokett of Nederland; sister Kristy Honig of Llano; grandmother Billie Bixler of Lumberton;
nephews Trey Watson and Samuel Honig, both of Llano; niece Lauren Wimberely of Llano; cousins David Michna of Nederland and Dustin and Tracey Myers of Conroe; aunts Beverly Keen and Gloria Kernechel, both of Lumberton,
and Velencia Keen of Huntsville; uncle Noel Buff of Lumberton; and numerous cousins, family members and friends.

These pictures are of Cody and Travis Mathis, whom he called brother.


Go and run free with the angels,
Dance around the golden clouds,
For the Lord has chosen you to be with him,
And we should feel nothing but proud.
Even though he has taken you from us,
and our pain a lifetime will last.
Your memory will never escape us,
but make us glad for the time we did have.
Your smiles will be forever hidden deep inside our hearts,
and each moment you gave us never will depart.
So go and run free with the angels,
as they smile so tenderly,
and please be sure to tell them to take good care of you...
for me.
~ Author unknown



26-year-old Cody Hokett was shot in the chest with a shotgun around 9:45 Monday night at a home in the 3100 block of Cleveland in Groves. The home was being rented out to 25-year-old John Mason Broadway.
That's the same man police believe shot Hokett. He is in jail on a murder charge. Broadway, 26, was arrested Tuesday morning and accused of shooting Cody Charles Hokett, 25, in the chest with a shotgun late Monday in Groves.
Hokett later died at Christus St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur.

Cody Hokett's mother, Jerrie Hokett, says Broadway was a new friend to her son. Looking at pictures of her son, she now wants answers. "He was such a sweet, loving man,
and I don't really know why anybody would want to take his life," said Hokett. In five days they were supposed to celebrate his 27th birthday, but just after midnight Tuesday police knocked on her door to tell her her youngest child
had been shot to death outside a home in Groves. "No mother dreams that their child will go before them, never. I just want to see my son. That's all I want to do and be able to hold him one more time," said Hokett.

While Broadway was arrested on murder charges, Groves Police City Marshal Jeff Wilmore says those charges could be raised to capital murder charges because Broadway was located in Beaumont
inside the victim's truck. "He was in possession of the victims truck, and that's what he apparently fled the scene in, the victims truck. So that is likely a theft, and a theft with a murder is capital," said City Marshal Wilmore.
A man who tried to help Hokett survive says Hokett described Broadway as his attacker. Groves police City Marshal Jeff Wilmore says while Broadway did indicate to police he shot Hokett, they still don't know why.
"It's still early yet for us to find a motive," said City Marshal Wilmore.

Hokett worked at his cousin's shop, Baker Distributing, since he and his family moved to Nederland a few years ago from Llano, Texas. Hokett's mother says Broadway was a plant worker,
but at the time was unemployed. Her son Cody had only known Broadway for a matter of months, and Cody was just being kind, trying to help Broadway.

An avid fisherman with an older sister, Hokett was a family man. While Cody's mother holds her pictures close, she says she will continue looking for closure.
"Nobody can take away my memories, he'll always be my son."




Hey Mom and Dad
Just want to say
Everything's okay, I'm just fine
Don't worry about me, no, not another day

It's great here
No aches or pains
I've been made anew
Why when I arrived, I was given wings
God is so loving and wonderful
He has already got plans for me
It's so great to be here
So much for one to see

I know I'm terribly missed
Mom and Dad, I also miss you too
But guess what I got to do
God's going to let me, watch over you
One day we will be together once more
What a reunion that will be
So Mom and Dad, I give my love
And Angel kisses from me
Written by Doyle Alldredge


This is Cody in 1998 with his father, Tillmann Hokett, who preceded Cody in death. They are reunited in Heaven now.

This is Cody with his loving mom, Jerrie.

There Is No Goodbye

You're the sunrise in the morning;
You're the star that shines bright in the night;
You're the gentle breeze across our face;
At the darkest times you'r our light;
You're the courage we have to stand tall;
You're the strength to keep our heads held high;
You're the power and will to carry on...
With the love you gave us there are no goodbyes;
Its been so long since you went away;
But we still feel you up from above;
During the hardest times, we know you're there;
Giving us your courage, strength and love.
You're the unspeakable sadness in our eyes;
You're the tears that stream down our cheek;
You're the constant heartache that we feel;
You're the happiness we hope to seek.
We remember all the love we had for you;
On this day we always dread;
But today we forget that horrible time and reminisce...
About the good memories of you instead.
You will always be tucked away;
Deep inside our broken hearts,
But you will never be forgotten or replaced;
Because we can never again be torn apart.
So the next time we feel that gentle breeze;
Or the tears that start to warm our eyes;
We will smile and always remember....
With the love you gave us;
There is no goodbye.
Author Unknown

Remember Me
Remember me with laughter
and not with grieving tears.

Remember me with happiness
when you look back on the years.

Remember me with loving thoughts
that showed me how you cared.

Remember me with memories
of the talks we shared.

Remember me when you are lonely
and feel you need a friend.

Remember me forever
and my life will never end.

Keep alive my memory
and we'll never have to part.

For when you feel you need me
I'll be there inside your heart


I Wanted you to knowÖ.

I was sitting here in heaven
And having a wonderful day.
I started thinking about you
And all the things I didnít get a chance to Say.
I donít want you to worry about me
And please donít shed any tears,
Because I will wait for you in Heaven,
If it takes a hundred years.
Everything I had on Earth
I have in heaven too!
My first day here
My body became Brand New.
It is really pretty here
And I love my new home,
Although your heart is broken
Because my body is Gone.
My love will always be there
As you go along the way,
Just take a peek inside your heart
There is where Iíll stay.
Know that I loved my Family
And all my friends too,
My thoughts will be with each of You
Your whole life through

Cody's favorite!


Gone but Not Forgotten
by Kelsey Y. Sheppard

You were so full of life,
Always smiling and carefree,
Life loved you being a part of it,
And I loved you being a part of me.
You could make anyone laugh,
If they were having a bad day,
No matter how sad I was,
You could take the hurt away.
Nothing could ever stop you,
Or even make you fall,
You were ready to take on the world,
Ready to do it all.
But God decided he needed you,
So from this world you left,
But you took a piece of all of us,
Our hearts are what you kept.
Your seat is now empty,
And it's hard not to see your face,
But please always know this,
No one will ever take your place.
You left without a warning,
Not even saying good-bye,
And I can't seem to stop,
Asking the question why?
Nothing will ever be the same,
The halls are empty without your laughter,
But I know you're in Heaven,
Watching over us and looking after.
I didn't see this coming,
It hit me by surprise,
And when you left this world,
A small part of me died.
Your smile could brighten anyone's day,
No matter what they were going through,
And I know everyday for the rest of my life,
I'll be missing you.



Tears in Heaven
Written and performed by Eric Clapton

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven?
I must be strong and carry on
'Cause I know I don't belong here in heaven

Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven?
I'll find my way through night and day
'Cause I know I just can't stay here in heaven

Time can bring you down, time can bend your knees
Time can break your heart,
have you begging please, begging please

Beyond the door there's peace I'm sure
And I know there'll be no more tears in heaven

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven?
I must be strong and carry on
'Cause I know I don't belong here in heaven


Cody's favorite time of year was Christmas, and favorite color blue, so we still carry the tradition of an all-blue Christmas tree.


We Do Not Need A Special Day

We do not need a special day
To bring you to our minds
The days we do not think of you
Are very hard to find

Each morning when we awake
We know that you are gone
And no one knows the heartache
As we try to carry on

Our hearts still ache with sadness
And secret tears still flow
What it meant to lose you
No one will ever know
Our thoughts are always with you
Your place no one can fill
In life we loved you dearly
In death we love you still

There will always be a heartache
And often a silent tear
But always a precious memory
Of the days when you were here

If tears could build a staircase
And heartaches make a lane
We'd walk the path to Heaven
And bring you home again

We hold you close, within our hearts
And there you will remain
To walk with us throughout our lives
Until we meet again

Our family chain is broken now
And nothing seems the same
But as God calls us one by one
The chain will link again.
Written by Connie Dyer



A Letter From Heaven

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say
But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above
Here there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight
Remember I am with you - every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through
God picked me up and hugged me and He said "I welcome you",
It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here so badly, you are part of my plan
There is so ,much that we can do to help our mortal man".
God gave me a list of things he wished for me to do
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night the days chores put to flight,
God and I are closest to you, in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
Because you are only human there are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry, it does relieve the pain
Remember there would be no flowers unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned
If I were to tell, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er,
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb
But together we can do it by taking one day at a time
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too:
That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who is in sorrow and pain,
Then you can say to God at night.... "My day was not in vain"
And now I am contented... that my life was worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low
Just lend a hand to pick them up as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps, only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go.. From that body to be free
Remember you're not going...... you are coming here to me.
~ Written and copyrighted by Ruth Ann Mahaffey ~


That's Cody's best friend holding the lil girl in this photo, Jeramy Leeds.

Remember Me with smiles and laughter,
for that is how I remember you,
my love I leave with you,
your love I take to Heaven with me.


Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glint on snow
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there - I did not die.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awake in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there - I did not die.



And I will light a candle for you
to shadow all the darkness and bless the times we knew
Like a beacon in the night the flame will burn bright
and guide us on our way
Oh today I light a candle for you.

Seasons come and go and I'm weary from the change
Keep on moving on -- you know it's not the same
And when I'm walking all alone
Do you hear me call your name?
Do you hear me sing the songs we used to sing?

And I will light a candle for you...

You filled my life with wonder -- touched me with surprise
Always saw that something special deep within your eyes
And through the good times and the bad
We carried on with pride
I hold on to the love and life we knew

And I will light a candle for you...
Oh today I light a candle for you.


The mention of my child's name
may bring tears to my eyes,
But it never fails to bring music to my ears.
If you are really my friend,
let me hear the music of his name!
It soothes my broken heart and sings to my soul!
~ Author Unknown ~


A friend can hear a tear drop.

This webpage is created
In Loving Memory of Cody Charles Hokett
on June 10, 2016
Last updated: July 20, 2016
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