He was born Sept. 11, 1931, in Tiger to the late Jesse Jefferson and Lassie Craig Hopkins. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of American Legion Post 220. Through the years, Rip has been a carpenter; he was also a farmer and grew apples for a living. He loved working in his apple orchard and took pride in his apples. He was also well known at Virginia’s Kitchen, where he helped operate and run the family business. Rip loved his family, treasured his friends, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of his life.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Howard “Buck”, William Avery “Bill” and Arvil Sutton “Poke” Hopkins.
He is survived by: his loving wife, Virginia Bleckley Hopkins of Tiger; two sons, Glenn Douglas and wife Michelle Hopkins of Clayton and Ricky Anthony Hopkins of Tiger; a brother, Richard “Penny” Hopkins of Clayton; three sisters, Cona Mae Grimshaw of Locust Grove, Dorothy Kilby of the Persimmon community and Mary Ann Sisson of Blue Ridge; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.
Funeral services were held Sunday in the new chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Cannon and Max Watts officiating. Burial with military honors followed in Rocky Grove Cemetery in the Bridge Creek community.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com.