OBITUARY

Nolan G. Hopkins

September 1, 1942August 20, 2014
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Hopkins, Nolan G., age 71 of Warrior, AL went home to be with the Lord on August 20, 2014, after a long illness, with his loving family by his side. Nolan was preceded in death by his parents, Mattie and Troy Hopkins; brothers, T.J., Glen and David Hopkins; sister, Pearl Finley; and granddaughter, Kourtney Shae Thomas. He served in the U. S. Marine Corps, and was retired from the Birmingham Police Department after 38 years of service. Nolan also was a proud member of the Shriner's and Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; daughter, Kim of Corner; granddaughter, Kaylee Shae of Corner; sisters, Betty Joyce Strassner and Lou Annette Patterson of Gardendale; brothers, Howard (Bobbye) Hopkins of Ashville, Larry (Linda) Hopkins of Hayden and Phil (Shirl) Hopkins of Odenville. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 10:a.m. at Ridout's Gardendale Chapel with burial to follow at Hopewell Cemetery in Hanceville. Dr. Kim Pilkington and Rev Rick Hopkins will be officiating and Nolan's retired Birmingham Police friends will serve as pallbearers. Visitation and celebration of life will be held on Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Ridout's Gardendale Chapel directing.

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 23, 2014
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August 30, 2014

Growing up I could hardly wait to see Nolan, brothers & sisters on summer vacation. That was the high light of my vacation, we always had so much fun. We re connected back up on FB a short while ago & I am proud to have had the chance to get to know him all over again. Will see you soon <3 Your Cousin Joyce Jacobs (Hernando, Ms)

August 29, 2014

Was sorry to read that another one of my Hopkins kin has passed away. When i was growing up summer vacation was a trip to Birmingham to visit family and one of favorite things to do was to go to Uncle Troy and Aunt Mattie's Hopkins home. All my cousins were fun to be with and Nolan was my buddy. I am so sorry this wonderful guy has changed his address but thanks be to our Lord we will all meet again.
Peace be with all those that knew and loved Nolan.

Regards,
Hopkins cousin Barbbette

Donna Otts

August 28, 2014

the best uncle in the world sweetest caring person was always thinking of others but I have joy in knowing I will see him again.

Phil Hopkins

August 26, 2014

I love my brother very much. I will miss him until I see him again. I know that he is in heaven planning a family reunion. Please don't be left behind. I will see him soon.
Nolan did a lot for me as he also did for others.

Phil Hopkins

Linda Martin Ellis

August 24, 2014

I am so sorry to learn of Nolan's passing. What a wonderful person. It was my pleasure to know him at Phillips High and much later he taught me to shoot my pistol at the Police Range. His great sense of giving and helping out was genuine, and he will be missed. Rest in Peace Nolan.

August 23, 2014

Barbara we were so sorry to hear about our "Hoppy" but we know he is in a better place today. I will never forget his helping and always being there when Jay got shot. I just had a good laugh about that one. He was in Jay's room when the doctors office called and said he would have to be admitted to get some tests run. He first said no and then said well I will if you put me in the next door to my friend. The doctor said no that was not his floor. Hoppy said forget it then. Needless to say they admitted him next door to Jay. He was a very special friend to us. I am on oxygen and cannot get out in this heat but you will be in our thoughts and Prayers. Bebe Pitts

August 23, 2014

I would go by the "Range" and sometimes got so involved with Hoppy, I would have to return to use the range. He and I worked at the East Lake Division of the BPD, and a lasting friendship began on the night shift. Hoppy was there when I needed help. He was a very trusted friend that I already miss. I went to the range and learned that Hoppy had retired. He never got to shoot my newest weapon, a 44 mag Winchester that we had talked about on my last visit with him. I have great pride in having known my friend, Hoppy. All that knew Hoppy was his friend, just a great guy. Now, his suffering is over, Bless his big heart, God just needed another good man. And He got a good-un.
May God be with his family at this time of sorrow,
Doug Hughes, BPD (retired)

Jeff Webb (BPD retired)

August 23, 2014

To my friend and co-worker of many years, good-bye buddy and rest in peace....

Lieutenant Lynda Woods

August 22, 2014

I wanted to express my sincere condolences to the family of Nolan "Hoppy" Hopkins. He was such a great guy and I really enjoyed knowing him when he worked at the Birmingham Police Department. I learned alot from him and I know he will be greatly missed. May God bless your family.

Sharon

August 22, 2014

Barbara,
I am so sorry for your loss. God's peace and the comfort of His Spirit surrounding you is my prayer.