OBITUARY

Robert Delos Hopkins

January 15, 1957January 2, 2021

Robert Delos Hopkins, 63, of Madison Heights, VA passed away on January 2, 2021 after a brief COVID illness. Bob was born in 1957 in New Orleans, LA to Delos M. Hopkins and Ellen Mae Crawford Hopkins. He graduated from Amherst County High School and Central Virginia Community College. Bob was very proud of having worked with the Monelison Fire and Rescue Squad for over 35 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Monroe, Va.

Bob was employed by RR Donnelley as a Journeyman Printer for more than 33 years until his retirement in 2015. During that time, he also served the company in various Fire and EMS roles. Bob volunteered as a Communications Specialist for Amherst County Public Safety and helped implement the 800 Radio systems for the county. He was also an Instructor of CPR, AED, and First Aid for Monelison Fire, Monelison Rescue, and RRD Fire and EMS. He was a State Certified Training Instructor and conducted Mock Disaster Training in Amherst County for police, fire, and rescue. He trained Central Virginia volunteers and staff on driving of ambulances and fire trucks-Emergency Vehicle Operations Control (EVOC).

While Captain of the Rescue Squad, Bob successfully worked with Amherst County residents, the Board of Supervisors, Public Safety, and the Sheriff’s Department to address public safety issues. He volunteered for fund raising activities to support the activities of the Lion’s Club, Monelison Fire Department, and the Amherst Sheriff’s department, as well as participated in numerous Board of Supervisors meetings as an Amherst County citizen to support county initiatives. He was preceded in death by his father, Lt. Col Delos M. Hopkins, USMC (Ret) and his mother, Ellen Crawford Hopkins. He is survived by his sisters, Dianne H. Parker (Bruce) of Columbia, SC; Mary Hopkins (fiancé Dave DesChamps) of Richmond, VA; and his beloved fur nieces Lucie, Lillie, and Sunny. Bob is also survived by his loving family of aunts, uncle, cousins, and his numerous wonderful friends throughout the years.

The family would especially like to thank the UVA Transplant Center team, led by Natalie Belt RN, who treated Bob with such kindness and compassion during the past 6 years. He was extraordinarily blessed to be under the care of such outstanding medical professionals.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating in Bob’s memory to the Lynchburg Humane Society or the UVA Transplant Patient Assistance Fund at the C.O. Strickler Transplant Center, UVA Health System, Box 800265, Charlottesville, VA 22908. Additionally, if you are a COVID survivor, please consider donating plasma to the American Red Cross. Your donation could potentially save someone’s life.

To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittenmonelison.com.

Whitten Monelison Chapel is serving the family, (434) 929-5712.

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Debbie Iseman

January 6, 2021

My deepest condolences to Bob Hopkins family. He was a mazing person, he was always willing to help in any situation. He had a heart of Gold.
He cared about Everyone.He enjoyed being involved and giving his time to others.
Bob, You will be missed greatly. Go rest high on that mountain. Your work on earth is done.
I will see you again,
Debbie Iseman

Alex Mason

January 5, 2021

My sincere sympathy. I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He and I worked together at RR Donnelley.

Jamie Garza

January 4, 2021

I am at a loss for words. Bob was one of the kindest souls I’ve met. He was a true friend always looking out for others. He will be missed. Rest easy my friend ❤️

Lois Tyree

January 4, 2021

Dianne and Mary,
I was so sorry to hear of Bob's passing! He was just a super nice guy!! Always looked forward to our chats at the bank. He loved sharing his experiences and he was genuinely interested when inquiring about my life...work ..etc. He was a TALKER...but so am I... probably why we got along so well!!! Praying for y'alls comfort and strength!!!

Alan Bumgarner

January 4, 2021

Bob was one of those folks who truly was a "kind o'l soul". I graduated with Bob and in all the years I knew him, he was always kind & friendly to all. He really made a wonderful difference in our community.

Ida Proco

January 4, 2021

Dianne and Mary,
I was so sorry to read about Bob's passing. You all have been in my thoughts and prayers during this holiday season. I know your Mom and Dad will be glad to welcome him home, but you will both have that void that he will leave. The community has suffered a great loss as well.
Love and prayers, Ida

Jessica Mays

January 3, 2021

I was blessed to work with Bob during my time with Monelison Fire and Rescue. A true public servant. He cared so much for the community. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers with his family. A true class act. God bless.

Alice & Keith Johnson

January 3, 2021

Keith & I worked with Bob during our years with the Monelison Fire & Rescue Squad. Always there when he was needed. We were sorry to hear of his passing. Our thoughts go out to all of the family & friends that knew him. RIP, Bob #40. Your work on earth is done now you can rest easy being reunited with your mom & dad.

E W VIAR

January 3, 2021

Bob was a true servant to our community. He devoted his life to helping others. He spent many hours serving Monelison Rescue as a member. He helped our department in functions as well. Condolences to his sisters and family. RIP.

Elizabeth and Amaia Cruz

January 3, 2021

We only got to talk to him for the first time recently, but through Mary and Dianne I had the chance to meet him and understand what a beautiful person he was. I still can’t believe we talked a couple of weeks ago and now you are not here anymore. All the love and strength to all family and close ones. He will always be I our hearts.

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