Friday, February 08, 2008

OBT: Hoppy Hopkins

James (Hoppy) Willard Hopkins

KERRVILLE — James (Hoppy) Willard Hopkins, at the age of 76, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, at a local hospital.

He was born on July 10, 1931, in Dayton, Ohio, to John Hopkins and Josie “Roach” Hopkins. James Hopkins married Olive Cressell on Aug. 3, 1957, in Chicago, Ill. He grew up in Miamisburg, Ohio.

James worked in factories and played his guitar all his life. He played in Chicago from 1954 until 1961. James played with Bud Isaac and Bud Emmons in Ohio and Michigan. He retired to Kerrville in 1997 and became a Jurazzic Cowboy with E.C. Willman and they entertained the Hill Country. James’ music will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, George Hopkins.

James is survived by his wife of 50 years, Olive Cressell Hopkins of Kerrville; four sons, Stephen Hopkins of Okeechobee, Fla., James Hopkins of Houston, Texas, George Hopkins of Houston, Texas, and Joseph Hopkins of Comfort, Texas; two daughters, Tami Hopkins of Kerrville and Terri Hopkins Murphy and husband, Andy, of Ingram; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins in Ohio; and aunt, Marie McGuire of Okeechobee, Fla.; and many other family members and friends who love him and will miss him.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at Wright’s Funeral Parlor in Kerrville. The family will greet guests from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, at Wright’s Funeral Parlor, with Frankie Enloe officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Kerrville.

Pallbearers will be James Mike Hopkins, Andy Murphy, James D. Hopkins, George Hopkins, Greg Hopkins, Joe Postlewaite, Jon Black and Beau Hopkins.

The family invites you to send condolences to

Arrangements are under the care of Wright’s Funeral Parlor of Kerrville.

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