Funeral services for Mr. Lyle Leonard Hopkins will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 21, 2009 at East Haven Church of God in Bastrop with Bishop Kelvin Copeland and the Reverends R.H. McCuin and Bobby Alexander officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Mer Rouge Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home of Bastrop. The family will receive friends from 4-9 p.m. Friday, November 20 at the funeral home.
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Lyle Leonard Hopkins was born October 5, 1927 in Mer Rouge and he died Thursday morning November 19, 2009 at the Oak Woods Home in Mer Rouge.
Mr. Hopkins was raised in Ruston at the Methodist Children's Home. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and was very proud of his patriotic service. He held firm in the belief "Once a Marine, always a Marine." Mr. Lyle was a member of the Hillview Freewill Baptist Church and was also active in the construction and establishment of the East Haven Church of God. He was a former employee of International Paper Company with 18 years of service. He retired from the Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Department and worked for the Fourth Judicial District Attorney's Office. Mr. Lyle L. Hopkins then served as the Chief of Police for the Village of Mer Rouge for over 23 years retiring in December 2008 at the age of eighty-one.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Hopkins and Bertha Sledge Hopkins; and a sister, Peggy Watkins.
Mr. Lyle is survived by his wife, Jean Hopkins of Mer Rouge; three sons, Lyle Hopkins Jr. and wife Patti of Tampa, Fla., Mike Jordan and wife Vicki and Ronnie Atkins and wife Dewanna, all of Mer Rouge; a daughter, Lisa Hughes and husband Dennis of Oak Grove, La.; eight grandchildren, Lyle Hopkins III of Boston, Eric Hopkins of Tallahasse, Fla., Laura Hopkins of Tampa, Fla., Brooke Hartley of Mer Rouge, Brandon Skipper of Oak Grove, Caitlyn Jordan, Taylor Atkins, and Corey Atkins, all of Mer Rouge; one great-grandchild, Senecca Hopkins of Tampa, Fla.; and one brother, Billy Hopkins of Escondido, Calif.
Serving as pallbearers will be Mr. Hopkins' nephews, Troy Thompson, Kevin Green, Timmy Cowden, Jason Cowden, Fred Cowden Jr., David Cowden, Dustin Cowden and Matt Cowden. Honorary pallbearers are Rex Green, Dickie Heusel, Dr. Carter Cox, Daniel Harris, Charles (Bud) Willis, Nolan Williamson, Wayne Warner, Robert Smith, T.J. Parker, Sheriff Jerry Philley, Buddy McGee and Chick Childress.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Carter Cox, Best Home Health, and to the administrators, nurses, and staff at the Oak Woods for their care and concern given to Lyle.
For those who wish, memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Hopkins to the Oak Woods Home, 1400 Davenport Avenue, Mer Rouge, LA 71261.
Published in Bastrop Daily Enterprise from Nov. 19 to Nov. 23, 2009