R.J. Stoker graduated from Many High School in 1927 and from Northwestern in 1931 or 1932. He did graduate work at Colorado State and Stephen F. Austin, where he earned a master’s degree. Stoker was Principal at Belmont, Toro, Noble and Pleasant Hill schools. While serving at Belmont, he was the youngest principal in the state, at age 23. He was at Pleasant Hill for 20 years. In 1964, he became State Director of School Food Services and Commodity Distribution for the Louisiana State Department of Education. He was President of the Sabine Teachers Association for three terms and was President of the Northwest Louisiana Principals Group. Stoker passed away Jan. 8, 2004, in Lake Jackson, Texas, at age 93.