Austin "Hoppy" Hopkins, age 93 of Jackson, TN, died Saturday, August 17, 2019, at the Tennessee State Veterans’ Home in Humboldt, TN.
He was a U.S. Army WWII veteran. Austin was a former pilot, flight instructor, and a crop duster for many years. He was known in Henry County for giving helicopter rides for several years during the week of the World’s Biggest Fry. He enjoyed raising exotic animals on his farm in Gibson, TN. A talented musician, Austin loved to play the fiddle, guitar, harmonica, and had an excellent sense of humor. He was Baptist in belief.
Austin was born February 19, 1926, in Hartford, TN, to the late Fletcher Hopkins and the late Alice Nailon Satterwhite.
He is survived by his former wife, Margaret Hopkins of Jackson, TN; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by three sisters, Geraldine Suchocki, Pauline Wise, and Laurine Norman; and two brothers, Everett Hopkins and Lester Hopkins.
Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN 38242, where visitation will be Tuesday, August 27, 2019, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. The funeral service will be Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at 1:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Chad Kennedy officiating.
Nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery in Paris, TN.