Carthage: Vernon Richard Hopkins, Jr., 64, of Carthage, formerly of Bureau County, died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital at Carthage.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Lamport Funeral Home in Carthage, with Elder Orvel B. Prior, assisted by Elder Robert Webb, officiating. Burial will be in Moss Ridge Cemetery, Carthage, with Elder James Harris, A. J. Hylton, Orvel B. Prior and Robert Webb, officiating. Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. Friday.

A memorial has been established.

He was born May 2, 1924 in Bureau County to Vern H. and Erma V. Hoak Hopkins. He married Ruby (sic Betty) D. King of Carthage on July 20, 1943, at Kohoka, Mo. He was a co-member of the Smyrna Baptist Church in Bentley where is was an elder.

He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. David L. (Lois) Metternick of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, one son, Arlyn R. Hopkins of Carthage, one brother, Donald E. Hopkins of Wichita, Kansas, two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Helen) Curtis and Mrs. Charles (Ruth) Miller, both of Carthage, eight grandchildren and on great grandchild.

He was preceded by his parents and one daughter.

(The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Whiteside County, Illinois, December 1, 1988, Friday, pg A2, col. 6, submitted by Melva L. Taylor)




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