Alfred C. Hopton II
Alfred "Al" Charles Hopton II, born on August 11, 1927, in Memphis, Tennessee, died on Thursday, October 24, 2013, in Jackson, with family by his side.
Mr. Hopton was graduated from Forest Hill High School in Jackson and attended Hinds Junior College before receiving his bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Hopton grew up attending St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral, and was a member of Boy Scout Troop 1, where he was an Eagle Scout and the first scout in Mississippi to earn the God and Country medal. He also enjoyed singing in the Boys Choir. Since 1963, Mr. Hopton had been a member of St. James' Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry and as a Sunday school teacher, and was even brave enough to drive a school bus full of high-school students to Mexico as an EYC sponsor with his wife. For decades, he served as a board member of St. Michael's Farm in Picayune, founded by his uncle, Fr. Victor Menard. He was also a member of the South Jackson Optimist Club.
Mr. Hopton first worked as a plasterer, having taken over the family business when his father died. After receiving his degree in architecture, he began his professional practice at Overstreet Ware and Lewis before joining Brumfield and Craig, later Brumfield and Hopton. One of the highlights of his extensive career was his involvement with the first expansion project at St. James'. Mr. Hopton, a first-generation American, was proud to have served his country during the Korean War as a Marine. He trained at Paris Island, South Carolina, as did other men in his family who also served as Marines.
He was predeceased by his wife of more than 42 years, Mary Carolyn Hopton, as well as his parents, his brother, and his infant sister. He is survived by his two children, Alison Hopton Davis of Savannah, Georgia, and Alfred Charles Hopton III, of Los Angeles, California, along with his two grandchildren, Brooks MacDonald Davis II and Stella Frances Hopton, as well as numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 11:00 a.m., at St. James' Episcopal Church, with lunch following in Oakridge Hall. Inurnment will be at 2:00 p.m. in the church. Visitation is planned for Tuesday, October 29, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and before the service on Wednesday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., in the church's Fowler Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to St. James' Episcopal Church.
Published in Clarion Ledger from Oct. 27 to Oct. 29, 2013