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Earl Hopkins

Earl Hopkins, 80, of North Vernon, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013, at his residence.
The funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral and Cremation Service with the Rev. Michael Biggs officiating. Interment and military graveside rites will be in Vernon Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with a Masonic service being conducted at 7:30 p.m.
Born Dec. 28, 1932, in Gray, Ky., he was the son of Shelby and Ellen Durham Hopkins. He married Ruth Colwell on Sept. 14, 1976.
Earl graduated from Austin High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War from 1951 until 1954. He worked 38 years before he retired in 1993 from Reliance Electric, where he worked in the purchasing department. Then he worked another 20 years for Sawyer-Pickett Funeral Home where he assisted with funeral services and other day-to-day work.
Earl was a member of Lord's Chapel, Masonic Lodge 59, a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2021, and the American Legion in Seymour. He dearly loved spending time with his family, traveling, watching military movies and playing cards.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Hopkins of North Vernon; two sons, Harold Eugene "Gene" Hopkins of Columbus and Robert Dale "Bob" Hopkins of Scipio; three stepsons; one sister, Shelby Jean Boaz of Columbus; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and seven brothers and sisters, Juanita Lykins, Ben Hopkins, Louis Pearl Hopkins, Vincinta Loomis, Lottie Gosch, Marion Franklin Hopkins and Lana P. Hopkins.
Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Our Hospice of Jennings County, Jennings County Veterans Transportation Fund, or Lord's Chapel.
Friends and family are invited to leave a message of condolence or light a candle in Earl's memory at www.sawyerfuneralservice.com.

Published in Tribune from July 29 to Aug. 1, 2013
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