Paul "Hoppy" Hopkins was the first-born son of Paul Horton Hopkins and Virginia Boyd on January 13, 1938 born at Asher, OK. He departed this life on August 5, 2018 at his home in Norman, Ok at the age of 80 years. He entered the Air Force at 16. He was trained in Aeronautical Radar while stationed in Blytheville, Arkansas where he met Jean Howard. Jean referred to him as her "brown eyed handsome man" and her biggest blessing in life. They were married 60 years as of last October.
Hoppy loved life and loved people. He found God in the outdoors and in nature. He wanted to believe the best in people and sought to find the best that life had to offer. He took great pleasure in seeing his family and friends succeed. Hoppy was a true cowboy in every sense of the word and his life's motto was "No Regrets."
Upon his Honorable Discharge in 1960, Paul and Jean moved to Shawnee, OK then found their way to their current home in Norman. He retired from the Federal Aviation Agency after 37 years where he oversaw the radar system at Will Rogers and surrounding airports. He also was an instructor in radar and electrical engineering.
The Norman Round Up Club was his life-long passion. One of his most prized possessions was his Club President belt buckle he was awarded for his 1965 to 1970 terms. He and five other members were instrumental in purchasing the land of the current arena site. He would often be found at the arena working the grounds, riding, shooting the breeze, or just enjoying God's creation.
Other notable accomplishments include Cleveland County Fair Board member and Norman School Board member. He could always be counted on to encourage and support the youth. He and Jean were members of the Thunderbird Square Dance Club in the 1970's, he was also a member of the Masonic Lodge #38.
His hobbies included attending rodeos and barrel races, fixing tractors, going to sales, watching and reading western stories, playing practical jokes, and scouting the next big barrel horse.
Hoppy is survived by his wife, Jean Hopkins, his daughters Teresa Elam, Karen Goodchild, and Courtney Hopkins; son-in-law Peter Goodchild; his grandchildren Elizabeth Elam, Nicholas Elam, Adam Goodchild, and Paul Goodchild; sister-in-law Jetty Carlton and husband Keith; a half sister and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded by his father Paul Horton Hopkins, mother Virginia Boyd, brother Jimmie Rex Hopkins, sister-in-law Betty Kinsey and brother-in-law Carl Howard.
Visitation will be Tuesday, August 7, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at McMahans Funeral Home.
Services will be held at 2 pm on Wednesday, August 8 at McMahan's Funeral Chapel in Noble, OK. Graveside service with military honors will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arranged and directed by McMahans Funeral Home of Noble, OK.
Published on August 6, 2018
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