Roy B. Hopkins, age 85 of Murphy, NC passed away Thursday, March 9, 2023.
He was born in Middleton, New York to the late Milo and Anna Katherine Austin Hopkins. Roy graduated high school in 1956 and joined the United States Air Force. He enjoyed fishing and was very creative in welding. Roy owned an original 1967 Galaxy 500. He worked for Ford Motor Company as a welder. Roy was a firefighter for the Monhagen House Company and past president for over 50 years in New York. He was also a member of the Hoffman Masonic Lodge #412 for over 50 years in New York. Roy was a great storyteller and always shared a joke daily. Before marrying his wife, Patti, she would visit him and help him in his daily activities, so he nicknamed her "Friday".
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother and sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Patti VanDemark; one son, Greg Hopkins; one daughter, Amanda Hutchinson; two grandchildren, Caitlin and Ryan Hutchinson; two special friends, Jimmy VerNooy and Tracy Armstrong; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 1- 3 pm at the Hoffman Lodge in Middletown.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Monhagen Hose Co. An educational scholarship is being set up in Roy's name.
Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
You may send tributes to the family at www.townson-rose.com