A funeral service for J. B. Hopper, 80, of Roswell, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home with bro[auth] ther Randy Reeves officiating. The family will be receiving condolences at Washington Avenue Baptist Church, 1400 N. Washington, following the services.
A graveside service will be held, Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, 11 a.m. at South Park Cemetery. J.B. passed away, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, in Roswell. J.B. was born, Nov. 19, 1930, to Velvin Ozar Hopper and Dorothy Pryor Hopper, in Big Spring, Texas. He married Carolyn Joy Hallford in Fayetteville, Ark., on July 7, 1992. He has been a member of the Roswell community for the past 36 years, moving from Artesia.
He worked throughout his life as a roofing contractor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. He will be greatly missed by all his close friends and family. Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife, Carolyn Howerton Hopper; his son, Mike Hopper, of Hagerman; daughter Brenda Talley and companion Kirby Sandlin, of Roswell; stepdaughters: Cindy Tomlinson and husband Jack, of Tyler, Texas, Terri Dice and husband Bill, of Altanta, Mich., Lena McDonald and husband David, of Roswell; daughter- in-law, Lilly Howerton, of Holbrook, Ariz.; grandchildren: Melody Lopez, Steven Talley, Amanda Hopper, Sara Hopper, Melody Depue, Wendi Ferris, Billy Depue, Brandi Baez, Rusty Tomlinson, Vernon Howerton, Candi Howerton, Misty Howerton, Chalene Schoby, Stormie Shultz, and Joshua Shultz; 26 greatgrandchildren; two sisters: Shirley McDonald and Barbara Collins; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Homer Hopper; stepson, Leland Howerton; and nephew, Toby Hopper. Pallbearers will be Terry Hensley, Billy Depue, Kenny Bates, Stephen Talley, Danny Bowen, and Cliff McDonald. Honorary pallbearers will be Kirby Sandlin, Tim Goff, Vernon Howerton, Jack Tomlinson, Bill Dice, Rusty Tomlinson, Joshua Shultz, and David McDonald. Jesus came and took you home to a far and better place.
We know you will be happy on a cloud up in the sky. You will be greatly missed on Earth. Our hearts are breaking because youâ€™re gone. But we are rejoicing on where youâ€™re at. Youâ€™re walking with the angels and we know youâ€™re looking down. Our time with you was wonderful and we know we will see you again, we love and miss you, and your memories, no one can ever take. Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online register book at andersonbethany.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.