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About our Insurance Services The Hooks Agency, Inc. was founded in 1903 as The Herbert Hawkins Agency. In 1944 the firm was purchased by Mr. Hawkins great nephew, T.B. (Tommy) Hooks, III and then by Mr. Hooks' sons, Joe and George in 1976. The local business has been in continuous operation for 106 years.

The Hooks Agency specializes in business, homeowner, auto, life, and health insurance, and represents most of the nationally known insurance companies.
Our Staff
M. Rhett SimmonsM. Rhett Simmons - Owner/President

A native of Sumter County and graduate of Auburn University, Rhett purchased The Hooks Agency in 2009 bringing his wife, the former Jessica Hufstetler of Thomasville & daughter, Milly to live in Americus. With 10 years of insurance experience as owner of The Rhett Simmons Agency in Thomasville, Rhett brought a fresh vision to The Hooks Agency's 100+ years of service to Southwest Georgia. Rhett is an active asset to Americus and Sumter County serving on The Board of Directors for The Americus Rotary Club as Membership Director, The Americus Sumter County Chamber of Commerce Executive Board of Directors as the Executive Treasurer and The Southland Academy Raider Club Board. He is also a member of The Americus Sumter Panther Club, an affiliate member of The Americus Board of Realtors and sponsor of The Americus-Times Recorder Football Player of the Week. In his spare time, Rhett enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, fishing and hunting.
Jessica SimmonsJessica Simmons - Corporate Secretary/Accounting

In 2009 Rhett & Jessi moved to Americus with their daughter, Milly upon purchasing the Hooks Agency. Jessi, having been a Critical Care Certified Registered Nurse in Thomasville, retired from the medical field to focus on caring for her family and the successful managing of The Hooks Agency. She spends a great deal of her time volunteering for local causes that are close to her heart. She is actively involved with the Junior Service League of Americus acting as their Assistant Treasurer and the 2012 Volunteer of the year as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the Sumter Historic Trust. In Jessi's spare time, she enjoys spending time with Rhett & Milly and sitting by the pool with a good book.
Helen MurphyHelen Murphy - Commercial Agent

Helen joined The Hooks Agency in 2010 bringing 36 years of Commercial Insurance experience to our office. She has been a Certified Insurance Counselor, and named Insurance Woman of the Year four times. A native of Schley County, as is her husband of 46 years Mark Murphy (Professional Dog Trainer and wildlife Habitat Manager for over 20 years), Helen has two daughters. Her hobbies include gardening, boating, horseback riding and caring for animals.
Michelle AndrewsMichelle Andrews - agent

The daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Ben Andrews, II, Michelle is a life-long resident of Sumter County. After graduating from Georgia College & State University in August of 2012, Michelle returned to Americus upon employment at The Hooks Agency. She became licensed in November of 2012 and is now focused on learning all aspects of the insurance business. In her spare time, she volunteers at The Sumter Humane Society and enjoys spending time with her family and her dog Snooki.
Joseph Hooks - Agent

As Past President and Co-Owner of The Hooks Agency from 1976-2009, Joe is a plethora of insurance knowledge. He served on the Board of Directors for the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia for 14 years and was the Co-Founder of the Southern Heritage Insurance Company now known as Donegal. After many years of involvement in Sumter County, Joe now sits on the Board of Directors for the Citizens Bank of Americus. He is married to the former Jarrett Slade of Cordele and they have 3 grandchildren.
George HooksGeorge Hooks - Agent

A sixth generation native of Sumter County, graduate of Auburn University, and Co-Owner of The Hooks Agency from 1976-2009, George has had an illustrious career in politics. After serving as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1980-1990, he was elected to the Georgia State Senate, representing the 14th District from 1991-2012. Upon retiring from the Senate, George was appointed as a member at large on the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. He is married to the former Katherine Felder and has two children: Bardin and Mary Ann who is married to Nathan Hammack. He has one granddaughter, Anna Gail.
Larry UnderwoodLarry Underwood - Agent

Larry Underwood is a life long resident of Sumter County. Larry has been licensed in Accident/Sickness, Casualty, Property and Life since 1990 when he sold the Hub Shoe Store that was founded by his father. He is married to the former Sharon McQueen of Dowingtown, PA for the past 44 years. The have two children and three wonderful grandchildren. Larry enjoys photography and fishing in his spare time.
Ann Pritchard - Customer Service Representative

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