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Randolph Hopkins

August 31, 1958 ~ December 31, 2023 (age 65) 65 Years Old
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Randolph Hopkins Obituary

Randolph Hopkins was born on August 31, 1958, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He departed his earthly home on December 31, 2023, in Dallas, Texas. he was the second of six children born to the late A.C. Randolph Hopkins and Iceola Hopkins.

Affectionately known as “Pop”, “Hop”, “Gus”, and "Kashir Ali" (strong, bountiful, and the greatest), Randolph attended school in Dallas ISD (Dallas, Texas) and Sevier County ISD (Lockesburg, Arkansas). He was a key member of the Lockesburg Darters basketball team and graduated from Lockesburg High School. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and began his military career at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. While in the military, he received the Outstanding Unit Award, Longevity Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and Marksmanship Badge. He was also a model and played on the Air Force basketball team. Randolph served two tours, one in Okinawa, Japan, and the other at Osan Air Force Base in South Korea. After serving four years, he completed his term with an honorable discharge at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana. He also served one year as a reserve.

Randolph married the love of his life, Michelle Horton, on June 6, 1998. This union was blessed with a son, Kashir Ali Hopkins. The two remained united in holy matrimony until his transition.

Randolph enjoyed old-school R&B music, and he delighted in attending and watching the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Cowboys games. He never met a stranger, and he loved his family and friends. Randolph was the life of the party.

Baptized at a young age, Randolph was a member of Grave Hill Baptist Church in Lockesburg, Arkansas. He later joined the Muslim faith and was an active member. He loved serving the community on weekends and holidays.

He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Emma Maiden and Rosa Hopkins Piggee; his grandfathers, Gus Hopkins and Cleveland Maiden, Sr.; his parents, A.C. Randolph Hopkins and Iceola Hopkins; his brother, Christopher “Chris” Hopkins; his uncles, Quinnin Hopkins and Cleveland Maiden, Jr.; and his aunt, Maxine Maiden.

Those left to cherish precious memories include his wife of 25 years, Michelle Hopkins; his sons - Kashir Ali Hopkins, Shannon Draper, Julian R. Hopkins (Ashley), and Breon Hopkins (Micah); his daughters - Ashley Hopkins, Kaylor N. Hopkins, and Jasmine Hopkins; his grandchildren - Jace J. Hopkins, Julian A. Hopkins, Breon Hopkins, Jr., Noriah N. Hopkins, Addison L. Hopkins, and Trinty Hopkins; his sisters - Sandra Maiden Blake (Sherman), Felecia Hopkins Bowman, Tammie Hopkins Jordan (Clark), and Quevannas Hopkins Antonie (Kurt); two special uncles, Charles Maiden, Sr. and Robert C. Maiden (Geneva); his sister-in-law, Angela Horton; and a host of relatives and friends.

The family is especially grateful to Sam Rayburn Veterans Center (Bonham, Texas) and Dallas Veterans Medical and Hospice Center.

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Services

Viewing with Visitation
Thursday
January 11, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Viewing
Friday
January 12, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church ("The Mount")
1233 SH 66
Garland, TX 75040

Celebration of Life
Friday
January 12, 2024

11:00 AM
Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church ("The Mount")
1233 SH 66
Garland, TX 75040

Interment with Military Honors
Thursday
January 18, 2024

9:30 AM
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery (DFW National Cemetery)
2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 75211

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