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03/21/2017 07:51 PM
Bernice S. Hopkins of Tampa passed away Thursday March 9, 2017.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, March 25 at 11:00 a.m. at
Greater Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 1207 N. Jefferson Street with
Reverend Dr. Brett Snowden, Pastor, officiating. Interment will follow
in Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery.
Ms. Bernice Sykes Hopkins affectionately known as "Hoppy" was a native
of Tampa, Florida and resident for 89 years. She was the daughter of
Cleveland Sykes and Minnie Lee Jones.
She attended the public schools of Hillsborough County and was a member
of Greater Bethel M. B. Church. Bernice married her loving husband,
William Hopkins, Sr. April of 1949. They were united and blessed in
union with four children.
Ms. Bernice retired as an Registered Nurse from St. Joseph's Hospital -
Tampa after 21 1/2 years of service. She also was employed by the
Hillsborough County Senior Service for the past 7 years.
She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Cleveland Sykes and
Minnie Lee Jones; her loving husband, William Hopkins, Sr.; her great
grandmother, D. B. Johnson; grandfather, Sam Johnson; four sisters,
Rosanne Neal, Cleo Dennis, Juanita and Shirley; beloved son, William
"Billy" Hopkins, Jr.; and beloved daughter, Virginia "Annette" Hopkins.
She leaves to cherish fond memories of love: two sons, Joseph Hopkins
(Mary) and Michael Hopkins (Sheila) of Tampa, FL; sisters-in-law, Rachel
Allen of Michigan, AL and Clara Hopkins of Tampa, FL; brother-in-law,
Raymond Hopkins (Betty) of Tampa, FL; a devoted nephew, Wayne Brandon
Sr., and a devoted niece, Inez Dennis; two devoted great nieces, Valarie
Dennis-Cook and Latonya Dennis; a host of grandchildren, nieces,
nephews, aunts, cousins, other relatives and special devoted friends,
Fannie Bellamy of Jacksonville, FL, Linda, Cheryl and Barbara, all of
The remains will repose after 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 24 at Ray Williams
Funeral Home, 301 N. Howard Avenue.
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