USAO News Bureau

HOPKINS, Elwood “Hop”

Sunday, May 23, 2004

The campus family mourns the loss of a longtime friend to the college and the Chickasha community. Elwood “Hop” Hopkins, 85, died Sunday, May 23, 2004, after a long illness. He is the father of Jim Hopkins, a computer specialist at USAO, and the husband of Mary Hopkins, retired alumni director and former secretary to the president.

Services are scheduled Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Sevier Funeral Home in Chickasha.

Hopkins was born August 19, 1918, in Roosevelt, Okla., the son of Leo and Mary Smith Hopkins. He died May 23, 2004, at his home in Chickasha.

Hopkins came to Chickasha in 1938. He and Mary Sams were married in 1944 in Chickasha.

He worked for the Chickasha Cotton Oil Company and then for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority before retiring in 1980. He later worked for Standridge John Deere Equipment Company of Chickasha.

A longtime volunteer at Grady Memorial Hospital, Hopkins was the first friendly face for hundreds of area families who visited friends and relatives as the hospital.

Hopkins served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church. He also was a member and past president of the Lion’s Club and a member of the Chickasha Masonic Lodge, where he served as Past Worthy Patron and received his 50-year pin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters. Survivors include his wife, Mary Hopkins, of the home, daughter and son-in-law Mary Ann and Wayne Crull of St. Louis; a son, Jim Hopkins of Chickasha; and four sisters, Blanch Vincent and husband Ralph of Edmond; Betty Smith and husband Carl of Irving, Texas; Wilma Wood of Midwest City; and Patricia Bowers and husband James of Midwest City. Also, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home.