Joe Warren Hopkins, 92 of Rock Hill, SC peacefully went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, March 15, 2021. He lived with his wife of 70 years, Lena Broadwell Hopkins at their home in Rock Hill after moving back from Dallas, Texas following his retirement as Executive Vice President of a national life insurance company in 1991.
In addition to his loving wife Lena, Joe leaves behind a family; his sons, Dennis Hopkins and wife, Lisa of Rock Hill, SC, Kenneth Hopkins and wife, Julie of Houston, TX, David Hopkins and wife, Cathy of Houston, TX; his daughter, LuAnne Hawkins and husband, William of York, SC; grandchildren, Kystern Magnusen and husband, Greg, Blake Hopkins and wife, Stephanie, Alexandria Coffman and husband, Nathan, Rebecca Smith and husband, William, Tyler Hopkins and wife, Amina, Grant Hopkins and wife, Rebecca, Dillon Luse, Dane Hopkins and Nicole Hopkins; great-grandchildren, Sophia, Adalynn, Emma, Ellison and Jackson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Joe led a lifetime of never meeting a stranger. He was an Elder in his church at First Presbyterian in Rock Hill. Joe also oversaw the construction of the family life center at the church. In honor of his service to the church, the building was later named the Joe Hopkins Hall as it stands today.
After serving in the Navy aboard a destroyer tender, Joe was honorably discharged and immediately returned to his home in Calhoun Falls, SC where he and Lena met. Joe had a very entrepreneur spirit and owned a gas station at the age of 16. He consistently worked 2-3 jobs supporting his family and helping to support his parent’s farm. He moved to several towns progressing through the ranks in the insurance business and ran the office in Rock Hill until his promotion to regional manager in Dallas in 1972. Joe advanced through two buyouts to ultimately become the Executive Vice President of Sales. His career allowed he and Lena to travel the world. At retirement, Joe and Lena moved back to Rock Hill to his parent’s farm and built their retirement dream home.
A celebration of life service will be held graveside at the Grandview Memorial Cemetery on South Cherry Road in Rock Hill on Friday, March 19 at 3:00 pm.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to all the of his friends who have provided support, food and most importantly love to Joe over the years and especially in the last few years of their life.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to First Presbyterian Church 234 East Main Street, Rock Hill SC 29730. FPC-Rockhill.org
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