Sunday, August 11, 2013

Roy Hopkins Jr., Gone Too Soon

Lester Leroy "Roy" Hopkins Jr.
1/24/1947 ~ 8/8/2013

MANNING -  Roy Hopkins, 66, formerly of Timmonsville, died Thursday, August 8, 2013 in a Columbia Hospital following a motorcycle accident. Mr. Hopkins was born in Florence County, the son of the late Lester Leroy, Sr. and Erline Jordan Hopkins. Roy served in the US ARMY during the Vietnam conflict. He was employed with Terminix for many years, then retired from AT&T Mobility. Roy enjoyed his retirement on Lake Marion and loved boating. Roy was a great dad, he loved his children and grandchildren enjoying them on every occasion.
Layton-Anderson Funeral Home

Survivors are his son, Wesley Hopkins, Denver, NC; his daughter, Tina Garrett (Tony Ranucci) Elgin, SC; a beloved sister, Angeline Hopkins Wiggins, Merritt Island, Florida; four grandchildren, Danielle (Robert) Snyder, Bobbie Garrett, Dale Garrett and Ashlyn Hopkins. And two great-grandchildren, Mason and Sabrina.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 3:00pm in the chapel of Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Visitation will follow the service.

Memorials may be made to the Roy Hopkins Memorial Fund, C/O Layton-Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 187, Timmonsville, SC. 29161.


Moped accident claims one life


Thursday, August 8, 66-year-old Lester L. “Roy” Hopkins was riding a moped south on Players Course Drive in Manning, SC at 11:50 a.m. when he rode off the roadway and was ejected, said Lance Cpl. Tony Keller with the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Hopkins was not wearing a helmet.

Hopkins was airlifted to Palmetto Richland  Hospital where he died five hours later at 5:07pm.

Hopkins, formerly from Timmonsville, was riding a friend's Moped, along with his son, Wesley, who was on a Moped and another friend who was riding a motorcycle. Hopkins’ son and friend were traveling ahead of Hopkins when the accident occurred behind them. They did not see what happened.

Layton and Anderson Funeral Home, 4210 W. Palmetto St., Timmonsville is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to assist with funeral arrangements.

Roy, Angie & Gene Wiggins and Ashley Samson
Brother and Sis- Roy and Angie  8/7/2013

Ashley Wiggins Samson, niece of Roy Hopkins posted this Facebook status August 8 at 8pm  along with these wonderful pictures.

"We lost my wonderful uncle Roy Hopkins tragically this afternoon. He was my mom's younger brother and the dad to my cousins Tina Hopkins Garrett and Wesley Hopkins. We had just spent a wonderful evening on Lake Murray last night with family, most of whom were seeing the purple martins at Bomb Island for the first time. He was our captain last night since Brian was unable to go with us. I was commenting that last night was the closest that I had even been to the birds! No wonder we were so close, we had drifted onto a sand bar! He and his son Wesley Hopkins both jumped out of the boat to try push it free, but we finally got towed from some friendly people on a pontoon boat. We jokingly "fired" Roy from his captain's job only to quickly rehire him to get us back home safely. Roy was a master at navigating on the waters in the Santee area of SC, but he wasn't familiar with the waters of Lake Murray. He was such a thoughtful person and always remembered me on my birthday with a text or a call. I am still in shock that he is no longer with us. We had such a good time yesterday!"

All afternoon the Facebook condolences were posted nonstop. As folks heard the word that Roy had passed from this life to the next they wanted to express their feelings of sadness at the tragic turn of events.

Many found it hard to believe that one day all is well with laughing and enjoying the company of family and friends and the very next day, out of the blue, came shock, sadness and disbelief that Roy was gone. Some reminded us of Roy's past good deeds. Others just wanted the family to know how very sorry they were.

I learned from Roscoe Fountain that Roy had been a boy scout. I learned from Joe Cuslidge Jr. that Roy had always checked in on Joe Sr. and had been a good friend to Joe Jr. too. Many shared what a fun loving guy Roy was. But the main theme was "If Roy was your friend....He WAS your friend."  You know that is a great thing to be said about a person. Scripture says:


A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Proverb 18:24 (KJV)

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