Graveside service for Kenneth Hopper, age 84, Como will be held at 10:00 A.M on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Greenpond Cemetery with C.R. Chapman officiating and Claude Chapman, David Dodd, Mike Dodd, Greg Ponder, Richard Teer, Kerry Bailey, friends at Crystal Feed Mills, buddies from the US Navy VF-141 “The Iron Angels” and the men at Lake Highlands Baptist Church serving as honorary pallbearers. Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 A.M at the Greenpond Baptist Church, Educational Building. Mr. Hopper passed away at daybreak on Monday, August 17, 2020 at Christus Mother Francis Hospital in Sulphur Springs, TX.
Kenneth was born on June 26, 1936 in Mahoney Community near Sulphur Springs to Earl and Edith (Reynolds) Hopper (Chapman). His family lived in Orange, TX during the war years so that Earl could work in the Consolidated Shipyard. Kenneth had fond memories of his formative years on Orange prior to his dad’s passing in 1946. Kenneth continued school in Sulphur Springs and graduated in 1956. During High School Kenneth started his working career at several area supermarkets, making many lifelong friends and meeting his future wife, Linda Ponder. He said the moment he saw her at the Quickie Meat Market that he knew she was the girl he would marry. Seven days after they were married on April 21, 1959 in Hugo, OK, Kenneth departed for San Diego, Ca to proudly serve in the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet. Upon returning to Texas, Kenneth enjoyed working at many jobs and raising cattle to support his family, including positions at Rockwell International, truck driving, and Crystal Feed Mill. Until the week of his death, he relished his time feeding cows and filling water troughs.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; sons, Randy Hopper and wife, Karen of Big Sandy, Brandon Hopper of Sulphur Springs; granddaughters, Deonne Waldman and husband, Mike of Cedar Park, Kendall Hopper of Big Sandy; step-father, Claude Chapman of Sulphur Springs; step-brother, C.R. Chapman of Hideaway; step-sister, Ann Ratliff of Midlothian.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Rebecca Hopper and Venera Dodd.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the I.C.U. staff at Christus Mother Francis Hospital in Sulphur Springs and Choice Hospice for the genuine care of Kenneth over his last week.
Memorials can be made to Lake Highlands Baptist Church or Greenpond Cemetery Association, 2283 FM 1567E, Como, TX 75431 in lieu of flowers.