OBITUARY

Debra A Hopkins

January 4, 1953April 5, 2021
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The Life and Legacy of Debra Hopkins

On January 4, 1953 Herman and Earline Johnson gave birth to Debra A. Johnson, a baby girl that would change our lives forever. Born in Waco, Texas, she continued the legacy of her siblings by graduating from AJ Moore House High School, in Waco, Texas Class of 1969. The youngest of the Johnson clan, she was ambitious, committed, and smart. A boss in her own way, she was an athlete and according to her siblings - a pretty good dancer considering she won a car in a high school dance contest.

Debra met and married James A. Clay to this union two children were born Myron and Dasha. After their birth, her family would re-locate to Dallas, Texas where she attended El Cento College and studied Nursing. James and Debra would separate but remain loving parents and forever friends.

In 1982 she stumbled across Bobby Joe Hopkins driving a 1971 Grand Prix and they would marry in 1991. This adventure would blend two families and bless her heart with two bonus children, Stacy, and her loving son Chika. Suddenly, their names changed to all as Mamma D and Daddy B. The Hopkin’s home became the heart of family celebrations, from hosting birthdays, graduations, football parties, to just hanging out with family and friends. Daddy B known for his smoked meat and Mamma D was the peach cobbler, hot water cornbread, and fried cabbage Queen. Their journey together was filled with God, family, love, laughter, and so many memories.

Nursing was not only Debra’s career it was her gift. She enjoyed caring for her patients and they adored her. She retired in February 2021 after 36 years of Nursing. Debra lived every aspect of her life as a servant. She accepted her Lord and Savior at an early age in Waco, Texas as a member of Second Baptist Church. After moving to Dallas, Bobby and Debra joined Mt. Horeb Baptist Church in Waxahachie, Texas under the leadership of the late Pastor C. O. Smith where she served as a faithful member for 20 years. Over the years, she would visit St. Luke Community United Methodist Church with her daughter and in December 2014 she transferred her membership permanently and became a member of “The Luke”. Always a faithful servant, she sang in the choir and served in both the Nursing and Women’s Ministry.

Debra was a dedicated member of the Order of Eastern Star Adah and held many positions throughout her 20 plus years of service. Titles such as: Worthy Matron of Adah for 13 years, Irene Court #130 Amaranth Queen of the South, and Deputy for the State of Texas for Ancient Arabic Order of Daughters of Sphinx.

On Monday, April 5th Debra transitioned to be with her Heavenly Father. She is preceded in death by her parents Herman and Earline Johnson, three sisters: Minnie Pearl Harris, Ina Mae Jackson, and Deborah Johnson.

She leaves to cherish her legacy devoted husband, Bobby Joe Hopkins; Two sisters Erma Rae Harris and Melba Roberts (Kenny); Two brothers; Herman Johnson Jr. and Vernon Johnson. Sisters in love Diann Hopkins, Virginia Holder, Bobbie Thompson, and Deborah Clay. Children Myron Clay (Lahoma), Dasha Clay (Zac), Chika Hopkins (Dee), and Stacy Hopkins (Tyron). Grandchildren JaMyron, Cory, Andre (Britney), Crystal (Bobby), Jalon, Yasmin, Yalani, LaQuisha and LaQuanon. Her little sister-niece Michelle Johnson, great-grandchildren and a host of family and friends.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

Memories

Debra A Hopkins

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CAROLYN R. JOHNSON

April 10, 2021

Cousin Debra came into our lives, left footprints on our hearts and we are forever blessed.

Bobby, Myron, Dasha and all family and friends, may your memories of Debra give you Peace and Comfort.

Bonnie Parker

April 10, 2021

Dear Debra. You will always be on my mind, and forever in my heart

Love always.

Vickie Miller Dennis

April 10, 2021

Cousin Debra!
You will be forever missed at our Johnson / Taylor Family Reunion, my last memory of us being together is when you and I planned the Friday Night Mixer at the Hilton Garden Inn-Duncanville July 2018. I still thank you today for making me laugh, even when you knew my heart was still saddened due to the passing of my father, Leotis Miller in January 2018.

Today I am unable to be with the family due to work but you will never be forgotten my dear lady!

Rest in Peace
Rest in Heaven

Clara Bell-Johnson

April 10, 2021

Cuz. you have always been one of my favorite and you will forever be in my heart.
You left a beautiful legacy in your children and family. I am praying for their (our) comfort, peace and healing💜

Janet Pitts

April 9, 2021

Praying for the family

Shanaki Polk

April 9, 2021

Aunt Debra you will definitely be missed! The best Aunt anyone could ask for! Kingstyn’s favorite auntie! A beautiful, Loving mother and grandmother sister and friend. Auntie You were always the same welcomed me with open arms and Was so full of life an absolute joy to be around. You meant so much to so many and touched so many lives in such an amazing way I’m so grateful to have met you and have you in my life! I’ll miss your voice and that smile that could light up a room! You may not be here with us anymore physically but your legacy will live on in our hearts and you’ll always be with us in spirit. My deepest condolences love and prayers for strength and understanding to the rest of my extended family throughout this turbulent time. May God bless you all!

Alicia Cason

April 9, 2021

My love and heart goes out to the Hopkins family! Thanks for sharing Mrs. Debra with my kids and myself. She was truly an angel on earth looking out for us. Her love and kindness will be greatly missed. I'll keep the Hopkins family in my prayers. Our angel is watching over us all in Heaven!!!

Mariama High

April 9, 2021

Rest in love and in peace Mrs. Debra!!

Melba roberts

April 9, 2021

God knows that I miss my sister so much, life will not be the same , she was more of a big sister than Baby. Gods got another Angel.😇

Annette Jones

April 9, 2021

To the family and friends of Debbie, I just want to extend my sincere sympathy and condolences at this time. I can say I was blessed to know this lovely lady who was such a beautiful light to everyone who met her. Someone who was glad to share her exceptional gifts with all she came in contact with. She was a comfort to my family in the loss of my husband. A dedicated worker in service to the church and community. She was so warm and kind to everybody, extremely intelligent, but never made you feel less than. Just a shining star in this sometimes dark world. Beautiful angel you will be missed, but you have earned your reward. Family you are in my prayers. God bless you all.

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Me and Mom @ “ The Luke”

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Queen of South

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