Davis Elry Hopkins

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Davis Elry Hopkins, 86, loving husband and father, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 7, 2014, at a Dallas hospital, surrounded by his family and loved ones. Davis was born Jan. 1, 1928, in Richland Springs to B.A. and
Fannie Burleson Hopkins, the youngest of nine children. He graduated from Richland Springs High School in 1946 and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the 88th Infantry Division in Livorno and Cortina, Italy, and Bamberg,
Germany. After receiving his honorable discharge, he attended San Angelo Junior College, graduating in 1951. He later earned a bachelor of arts degree from SMU/ Arlington State College in 1969. He married the love of his  life, Mary Lou Garrett of Paint Rock, on Dec. 8, 1951, and they resided for 62 years in Grand Prairie where they raised two children, Ronnie and Dee Ann Williams. Davis was employed for over 40 years at Vought Aerospace as a shop liaison and tool project engineer, retiring in 1992. He was active in many civic organizations, serving on the Grand Prairie Planning and Zoning Commission and in 1975 was elected to the Grand Prairie City Council. He loved spending time with family and friends and was active in Freemasonry, serving as Worshipful Master of Sam R. Hamilton Lodge in 1981. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite and the Shrine and volunteered with the Grand Prairie DeMolay chapter and the Order of Rainbow for Girls. He served as scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 196 for many years and led the troop in civic beautification projects. He and Mary Lou volunteered at the Scottish Rite Children's Hospital and were members of West Fork Presbyterian Church. They also volunteered for many years at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery and the Grand Prairie Tourist Information Center. Davis Hopkins exemplified all the virtues of Freemasonry. He always maintained a cheerful and optimistic outlook and brought warmth and light to all who knew him. The good works that he did for
his community, family and friends will endure. Davis followed his Richland Springs Coyote Football team through their many successful seasons by listening to their internet broadcasts and through his nephew Cubby Pearce. He will be greatly missed. A special note of thanks goes to Marie and Ralph Gardner for their loving support and care. The family also wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Texas Oncology and Methodist Hospital for their excellent care and great compassion. Davis was preceded in death by his parents; siblings; wife, Mary Lou; and daughter, Dee Ann Williams. Survivors: Son, Ronald Hopkins of Redondo Beach, California;
brother and sister-in-law, Coy and Tanis Garrett of Colleyville; son-in-law, Terry Williams of Grand Prairie; and many nieces and nephews. A joint memorial service was held for Davis and Mary Lou Hopkins on Saturday, June 28, at Westfork Presbyterian Church in Grand Prairie. The family requests that memorials be made to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn Street, Dallas,  
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