Earl Hopkins, 80, was well known in community
Earl Hopkins, 80, of North Vernon died Saturday, July 27, 2013 at his home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Rev. Michael Biggs will officiate. Interment and military graveside rites will be in Vernon Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday with a masonic service being conducted at 7:30 p.m.
Born December 28, 1932 in Gray, KY, Earl was the son of Shelby and Ellen Durham Hopkins. He married Ruth Colwell September 14, 1976.
Mr. Hopkins graduated from Austin High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict and worked 38 years before he retired in 1993 from Reliance Electric where he worked in the purchasing department. Mr. Hopkins also worked 20 years for Sawyer-Pickett Funeral Home. He was a member of the Lord's Chapel, Masonic Lodge #59, a life member of VFW Post 2021 and the American Legion in Seymour. He loved spending time with his family, traveling, watching military movies and playing cards.
Mr. Hopkins is survived by his wife; two sons, Harold Eugene "Gene" Hopkins of Columbus and Robert Dale "Bob" Hopkins of Scipio; three stepsons; sister, Shelby Jean Boaz of Columbus; 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Hopkins was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters, Juanita Lykins, Vincinta Loomis, Lottie Gosch and Lana P., Ben, Louis and Marion Hopkins.
Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Our Hospice of Jennings County, Jennings County Veterans Transportation Fund or the Lord's Chapel.