GASTONIA - Barbara Fortenberry Hopper, 82, with Gods strength and grace, was able to spend extended time with her family until passing peacefully to her Heavenly home on June 19, 2013 at White Oak Manor, Kings Mountain.
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She was born on November 25, 1930 in Gaston County to the late Jack and Lela Wright Fortenberry.
Barbara retired after 30 years with Homelite/John Deere Corporation and later worked at White Oak Manor, Kings Mountain. She was a for-mer member of Ragan Wesleyan Church but was recently attending Pisgah ARP Church. Barbara was a dedicated fan of the Atlanta Braves. She lived for her sons, daughters-in-law, and grandkids and will be greatly missed.
Those left to cherish her memory are her sons, Larry Hopper and Gloria Morrow of Gastonia, Curtis Hopper and Daughtry of Bessemer City; sister, Jackie Hibberts of Gastonia, daughter-in-law, Doretta Hopper of High Point; grandchildren, Heather, Chris, Hannah , Leah, Spencer, Sayre and Shea Hopper; great-grandchild, Jayden Lee Falls; special friends, Mary Morrow, Jim and Janette Lail.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Nesbit Hopper; son, the Rev. Bruce Hopper; sister, Mary Lou Holland.
Graveside services will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Gaston Memorial Park with the Rev. Rick Lewis officiating.
Her family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Sisk-Butler Funeral & Cremation Services, Bessemer City.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.
To offer condolences, please visit www.siskbutler.com.
Arrangements by Sisk-Butler Funeral & Cremation Services, Bessemer City.
Sisk-Butler Funeral Home
PO Box 366
Bessemer City, NC 28016
Published in Gaston Gazette on June 21, 2013