Mr. Carradine "Junior" Hopkins age 86 of Cleveland, MS passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at the Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland.
Visitation will be held Saturday, October 8, 2022, from 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM. A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will follow at 1:00 PM in the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at Lehrton Cemetery in Ruleville, MS. Brother Larry Weaver and his son Chad Hopkins will officiate the services.
Junior was born March 10, 1936, to Beverly Carradine Hopkins and Georgia Mildred Bouler Hopkins in Greenville, MS. He grew up in the Boyle area and attended Boyle Schools until he went to work on the family farm with his dad. In his early years, he worked with the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department as a Deputy. On December 18, 1971, he married Gloria Joy Banks from Merigold, MS. Junior then became a welder working for Prestige and Floyd Machine Shop until he opened his own welding service "Hopkins Welding Service" in Skene, MS. After closing the welding shop, Junior developed a passion for auctions and became an auctioneer starting up Ruleville Auction Company. He retired in 2006 to his "shed" in the backyard. Junior loved working on lawnmowers and collecting antique tools and equipment. He was a jack of all trades and quite the charmer. He was an active member of the Church of Faith for over 25 years. Time with friends and family was Junior's favorite and he will be missed by them all.
He was preceded in death by his parents Beverly Carradine and Georgia Mildred Hopkins, son, Todd Hopkins, sister Annie Ruth Campbell, and brother William Hopkins.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Gloria Joy Banks Hopkins of Cleveland, MS, son, Mark Hopkins of Greenville, MS, daughter Melody Williams (David) of Brookhaven, MS, Melissa Walker (Tony) of Maben, MS, Daphene Cribb (Roger) of Baldwyn, MS, son, Chad Hopkins, (Mandy) of Merigold, MS, daughter-in-law Michelle Hopkins of Cleveland, MS, 14 grandchildren, Katie Hendricks Burks, Samantha Hendricks, Meredith Joy Hendricks, Amelia Hendricks, Scottie Rhea Hemphill, Emma Grace Hopkins, Anna Claire Hopkins, Olivia Hopkins, Collin Hopkins, Ethan Hopkins, Shelby McCleese, Misty Adams, L D Williams, Neeko Williams, and 8 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Ethan Hopkins, Tony McGinnis, Roger Cribb, Mitch Burks, Keely Rhodes and John Quinn Miller. Honorary Pallbearers are Collin Hopkins, L.D. Williams, Neeko Williams and David Williams.
Memorials may be made to the Church of Faith, 50 Elizabeth Road Cleveland, MS 38732.
Cleveland Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.