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OBIT: Mr. Charles Hopper, Age 81, Of Four Way Inn

Mr. Charles Hopper

Four-Way Inn Community resident Mr. Charles Hopper, father of Smith County Sheriff Steve Hopper, died at 6:58 p.m. Wednesday evening May 30, 2018 at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage where he was admitted May 28th suffering from sepsis. Mr. Hopper was 81.

Saturday afternoon June 2nd funeral services were conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home and burial followed in the Gazebo Garden at Dixon Springs Cemetery. Eld. Rickey Hall officiated at the 1 p.m. services.

He was one of twelve children, five daughters and seven sons, of the late Lindsey M. and Josie Frances Yancy Hopper, he was born Charles Monroe Hopper in Walnut in Tippah County, Mississippi on July 12, 1936.

The eight siblings preceding Mr. Hopper in death were Ruby Nell Wilbanks, Sammy and Bobby Hopper, Peggy Cheshier, Louise Richardson, W. L. Hopper, David Wayne Hopper and Iba Ione Hopper.

Mr. Hopper was a saved Christian and had attended the First Baptist Church.

He was a 1956 graduate of Chalybeate High School in the North Tippah School District in Walnut, MS.

He proudly served our country with the United States Army.

Mr. Hopper was active in the Masonic Lodge while in Mississippi and later served as President of the Carthage Lions Club.

He began his career with the Genesco Corporation in Ripley, MS in 1961 and relocated his family from Iuka, MS to Carthage in 1972 to manage the Carthage plant which was then Genesco until 1976.

In 1976, Mr. Hopper began work with the Texas Boot Company and continued as the plant manager until 1990 when he suffered a brain aneurysm and was unable to work anymore.

Surviving in addition to Sheriff Hopper and his wife Donna Nesbitt Hopper of the Riddleton Community are four grandchildren, Michael Hopper of Lebanon, Stephanie Hopper West and husband Craig of the Defeated Creek Community, Charlie Hopper of the Russell Hill Community, Joel Lafferty and wife Jessica of the Riddleton Community; four great-grandchildren, Madison Hopper, Carly and Caylee West, Abram Lafferty; sister, Betty Hopper McCluey of Memphis, John Y. Hopper and Mansel Hopper and wife Juana Lee all of Walnut, Mississippi.

The Hopper family requests memorials be made to the Smith County Central District Fire Department.