Fred E. Hopkins
1916 – 2007
Fred E. Hopkins, 91, died peacefully Monday, Sept. 3, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Graveside service: 10 a.m. Friday in Greenwood Memorial Park with Dr. Mark Woods of University Baptist Church officiating. A reception will follow at Greenwood Funeral Home.
Memorials: The family has requested, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the U.S. Navy Memorial, Box 96477, Washington, D.C. 20077-9808.
Fred was born Jan. 6, 1916, in Poteau, Okla. He was a 1942 graduate of the University of Oklahoma. While in college, Fred was employed by Dr. Bizzell and Dr. Cross, presidents of the university. As part of his duties, he drove them all across the United States while visiting various colleges and universities. Upon graduation, he served in the Supply Corps of the United States Navy in the South Pacific on the aircraft carriers USS Breton and USS Franklin. Upon leaving active service in 1946, he stayed in the reserves and retired with the rank of commander, U.S. Naval Reserve.
Fred’s professional career ended as division administrative manager with Amoco Production Co., now BP. He started with the company in Tulsa, Okla., moved to Fort Worth in 1956 and then to New Orleans with Amoco in 1965. Upon retirement in 1976, he and Eva Joe moved back to Fort Worth, which they considered home. He was a longtime member of University Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
Fred was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Eva Joe Whiteaker Hopkins, in 1988; his father, H.E. Hopkins; mother, Tezzie Holloway Hopkins; and brother, Orbie Hopkins.
The family would especially like to thank the staff of Odyssey House-Fort Worth for their loving care during Fred’s last days.
Survivors: Sons, Rick Hopkins and wife, Janice, and Randy Hopkins and wife, Susan, all of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Rick Hopkins III and wife, Kelly, of Charlotte, N.C., Reed Hopkins and wife, Kim, of Panama City Beach, Fla., Reagan Brose and husband, Christian, of Charlotte, N.C., and Elizabeth and Edward Hopkins of Fort Worth; great-grandchildren, Caroline and Henslee Hopkins, Reed Hopkins Jr., Wes, Jake and Anna Holland, and Whiteaker and Ann Marie Brose; a niece; and two nephews.
Published in the Star-Telegram from 9/6/2007 – 9/7/2007.