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Leon Hopper

Services of Remembrance for Mr. Hopper were to be conducted at 1 p.m. today at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Lakeland, with the Rev. Mike Morris, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment was to follow in Memphis Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Arrangements were provided by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes & Cremation Center-West Chapel at Oakland.
Mr. Hopper was born May 1, 1935, in Troy and was a graduate of the former Troy High School. He was employed as an automotive service manager for many years before his retirement and served at the Masonic Blue Lodge in Somerville. He was a 32nd degree Mason and was a member of the Shriners. Mr. Hopper was a lifelong resident of the West Tennessee area and enjoyed special times with his grandchildren, reading car magazines, auto racing and automobiles.
Mr. Hopper is survived by his wife, Virginia (Hime) Hopper, whom he married Nov. 25, 1953; his sons, Steve Hopper (Shand) of Bartlett and Stan Hopper (Melinda) of Memphis; his sister, Ruth Evelyn Harper (Edward) of Troy; four grandchildren, Jennifer Fitzgibbon (John) and Jessica May (Mickey), all of Bartlett, and Justin Hopper and Lauren Hopper, both of Memphis; and three great-grandchildren, Ellie, Ava and Caleb Fitzgibbon.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hurtle Glen Hopper and Ruth Evelyn (Hughes) Hopper; and his brother, Glen Brown Hopper.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers were to be Bill Cummins, Al Fillippelli, Robert Goodin, Wes Holmes, Joel McMurry and David Williams. Honorary pallbearers were to be Bob Earley, Jerry Windham and Bill Buff.
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