Warren Jackson "Wimpy" Hopkins, age 78, of Joplin passed away at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 1999 at his residence after an illness of 6 months.
Mr. Hopkins was born March 27, 1921 in Arondale, Oklahoma and had lived in the Joplin area since the 1950's moving from West Plains, Missouri. While in West Plains, he worked for Bill Farley Express, Harlen Gas Company, Midwest Dairy, Macon Grocery and C.J. Butler. He worked 10 years as a truck driver for C.F.I., 17 years for Yellow Transit, Truck World, and 10 years for Diamond Coach, Oswego, Kansas. He also drove a tour bus for Ozark Christian College. He was a member of Teamster's Union Local #823 and the Baxter Springs, Kansas V.F.W. He was a United States Army Veteran of World War II, where he served in the European Theatre.
He married Mary Nova Dye on July 11, 1942 in West Plains, Missouri. She survives at the home.
Additional survivors include four sons, Kenneth Hopkins, Granby; Neal Hopkins and Jerry Hopkins, both of Joplin; Norman Hopkins, Odessa, Texas; one daughter, Terrie Ann Hopkins Burton, Duenweg, Missouri; two sisters Loretta Ball and Juanita Mahan, both of West Plains, Missouri; a half brother, Jerry Briscoe, West Plains, Missouri; two half sisters: Leota Rae Rhyne, Craig, Colorado;and Ruth Bennett, West Plains, Missouri; a step-brother, Berl Briscoe, Republic, Missouri; ten other step-brothers and step-sisters; 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2-3:00 p.m. at Parker Mortuary Chapel. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at New Liberty Baptist Church, West Plains, Missouri with internment in the New Liberty Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.