James Larue Hopkins, 63, of Mansfield, died on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro.
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He was born on Oct. 16, 1949, in Wellsboro; the son of Harry E. and Locady A. (Short) Hopkins. James was predeceased by his wife, Shannon Hopkins.
James had been employed as a groundskeeper for a cemetery. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran, and served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War. James was a member of the Mansfield VFW and the Blossburg American Legion. He lived in Erie, prior to his recent return to Tioga County. He enjoyed crossword puzzles, bead crafts depicting the different conflicts during service in Vietnam, and according to his brother, a great athlete.
James is survived by three sons, James Jr., Shawn, Joshua, and a daughter Cassandra Hopkins. He had one brother and sister-in-law, John and Marietta Hopkins of Lakeland, Fla. and several nieces, nephews, and great- nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was also predeceased by four sisters, Marie Butler, Irene Carson, Virgie Knapp and Helen Hopkins.
In keeping with James' wishes, there will be no services. Burial will be in Veterans National Cemetery in Bath N.Y. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, is assisting the family. www.buckheitfcandcrematory.com.
Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel
637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA 16933
Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from Jan. 22 to Jan. 27, 2013