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James Hopper

Football ’44-’47; Wrestling ’44-’45; Basketball ’45-’47; Perryscope Staff ’46-’47; Homeroom Vice-President ’46-’47.

James Malcolm Hopper, Jr.

April 30, 1928 – February 28, 2001

James M. Hopper Jr., 72, Perry, OK, died at 12:50 a.m. Wednesday, February 28, 2001, at Perry Memorial Hospital.

Hopper was born April 30, 1928, in Purcell, OK, the son of James M. Hopper Sr. and wife, the former Myrtle G. West. He was a 1947 graduate of Perry High School and attended Oklahoma A & M, now Oklahoma State University.

He was employed as Quality Control Manger for Indiana Gear Works until he retired in 1989. He served in the United States Army. He was a member of the Perry Golf and Country Club, the Elks Lodge and the American Legion.

Survivors include four daughters and their spouses: Janet and David Thurman, Fairland, IN, Patricia and Terry Fitz, Shelbyville, IN, Debbie and Ron Bryant, Miltown, KY, and Betty Lou and Tim Maher, Waco, TX; two sons and daughters-in-law: Hubert “Bud” and Jody Hopper, Fairland, IN, and James M. and Rebecca Hopper III and Rebecca, Plainfield, IN; 15 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Loleta and B. C. Smith; and four nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Betty Jean (Hopper) Ford.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2001 at Brown-Sisson Chapel. Rev. Ron Weathers will officiate. Burial will be at Grace Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Perry Memorial Hospital Foundation or American Cancer Society.