Funeral services for Royce Burke Hopkins, Sr., 84, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 4, 2023, at New Liberty Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Hopkins passed away at 3:22 p.m., Sunday, October 29, 2023, at his home.
He was born March 26, 1939, at West Plains, Missouri, to Burke Hopkins and Ilene Bridges Hopkins. On June 19, 1965, he was married at West Plains, to Julia Erzinger. Mr. Hopkins was a veteran, having served with the Army National Guard. He was a lifelong farmer. He enjoyed old cars, trucks and Farmall tractors; he especially loved 1957 Chevys. Mr. Hopkins was a member of New Liberty Baptist Church for over 70 years.
He is survived by his wife, Julia Hopkins, of the family home; four children, Royce Burke Hopkins, Jr., and wife, Priscilla, Batesville, Arkansas, John Hopkins and wife, Elvie, Thomasville, Missouri, Will Hopkins, West Plains and Victoria Elizabeth Bell and husband, Derrick, Nixa, Missouri; twelve grandchildren, Caleb, Abbi (Nellie), Jarred and Joshua Hopkins, John Matthew Corporal, Burk, Jasmine, Daniel, Teresa and William Hopkins and Zachary and Heather Bell; and one sister, Greta Pruett, West Plains.
His parents, one sister, Judy Kay Hopkins and two grandsons, Kyle and Elijah Hopkins, preceded him in death.
Mr. Hopkins will lie in state from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Visitation services will be held from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m., Saturday, at New Liberty Baptist Church. Burial will be at New Liberty Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to New Liberty Cemetery, Gideon Bible Society or to the family and may be left at or mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, MO 65775.