Gary Q. Hopper

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Memorial services for Gary Q. Hopper, age 72, of Grapeland are scheduled for 11:00AM Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mike Tindall officiating.
Gary passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019 at his home.
Gary was born September 6, 1946 in Palestine, Texas to Audrey Quinten Hopper and Charles Pearline Carroll Hopper. He grew up in Palestine. Gary joined the Navy in 1966 after marrying his high school sweetheart. He served for 30 years and was stationed in San Diego, South Carolina, Hawaii, Salt Lake City, Guam, San Pedro, San Diego, and Pensacola. He was stationed on the USS Chicago and USS Acadia. Although he had plenty of sea duty, he managed to have ample time to enjoy family and friends.
Gary worked hard to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Airport Management and a master's degree in Forensic Science, and even completed one year of law school while working full time. His thirst for knowledge was insatiable and he added a pilot's license to his list of accomplishments while stationed at Pearl Harbor. He went on to get his commercial and instructor's license to teach others to fly and shared the thrill of flying with his family.
After his retirement in 1996, he and his family returned home to Anderson County. Gary enjoyed golfing, scuba diving, and bowling. He loved shooting pool with his family and friends.
He was not outspokenly religious, but came to expand his spiritual life over the past 6 months and would gladly tell you he was ready to go HOME.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Nelda Hopper of Grapeland; daughter, Kimberly Fletcher and husband Mark of Elkhart; 4 grandchildren, Karysma Cyr, Kyle Garman, Abigail Price, and Andrew Price; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and other family. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Kevin Hopper; 2 sisters, Rochelle Toole and Cherry Massey; and 1 brother, Steve Hopper.
View online at www.herringtonfuneral.com.
Published on June 4, 2019
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Sheila Ivins Prestridge Jones
Jun 17, 2019
Nelda, I am so sorry about your loss of Gary. I lost Tom a year and a half ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you.❤️