Obituary of James Roger (Hoppy) Hopkins
March 4, 1943 - April 29, 2022
James Roger (Hoppy) Hopkins, age 79 of Allen Park, passed away on April 29, 2022.
He was born on March 4, 1943, in Williamson, West Virginia to the late Eloise Hopkins. Loving father of Mark (Anna Lisa) Hopkins, Melanie (Chris) Hensley, Jeremy Hopkins, Jennifer Hopkins, and Joshua Hopkins (Dakota). Dearest grandfather of Mitchell Hopkins, Isabella Hopkins, Jacob Hensley, Jordan Hensley, Jaxson Villers, Charlotte Villers, Owen Hopkins, Myla Hopkins, and Caisen Walls.
James graduated from Williamson High School in 1961, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked for Ford Motor Company for over 35 years. He was an elected school board member for Lincoln Park Public Schools. James had a love for sports. He was a basketball coach at Lincoln Park High School for over 10 years and also, served as a public announcer for both basketball and football games. He was a big fan of the University of Michigan athletic program and followed basketball, football, baseball, and even softball.
James will be remembered as a father, grandfather, friend, neighbor, and coach. Some will remember his southern accent and how he would say their name but most of all, many will remember his coaching comment “Buddy, use the ‘bank board’.”
Memorial contributions are appreciated to American Legion Lincoln Park Post 67.
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