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Willie "William" Ray Hopkins


May 27, 1954 ~ April 8, 2022

Born in: Karnes City, Texas
Resided in: San Antonio, Texas

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, Willie Ray Hopkins, affectionately known as “William,” entered into eternal rest on April 8, 2022 at the age of 67. He was born in Karnes City, Texas to Walter P. Hopkins Sr. and Lillian Mullins on May 27, 1954.

Willie married the love of his life, Helen Hubbard, in 1986 and the two have shared a union of 36 years together. Their marriage was a reflection of their true love.

Willie was a hardworking man who consistently helped anyone in need, even if he was upset with you, he would still show up to help. He had a heart that was bigger than his body.

Willie proudly joined the United States Army in 1973, where he served approximately 7 years. After his military career, he continued working with the government as a City Carrier, and retired after 27 years of dedicated service.

Willie will be missed dearly and forever cherished for his giving heart, kind spirit, and genuine love.

He is preceded in death by his father: Walter P. Hopkins Sr., and his brother: Arthur Ray Hopkins.

He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years: Helen Hopkins, his mother: Lillian Alley; his children: Dontay Hubbard, Kimberly Showers (Donnie), Ebony Hopkins (Willie Griffin), and Esther Kopke; his siblings: Walter P. Hopkins (Daisy), Tommy R. Hopkins Sr. (Dorothy), and Robert C. Hopkins Sr. (Jeanie), 12 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild; 1 special friend: John Middleton (“Big John”) and numerous other close relatives and friends.


Service: May 2, 2022 9:30 am - 10:30 am

MeadowLawn Chapel
5611 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX United States


Cemetery: May 2, 2022 11:15 am

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd.
San Antonio, TX United States


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  1. Eternally, my dear “Brother”, I will always love, miss, and remember the everything about you, that everyone loved so very, very much. I am so very proud to have known you in this Life. These tears are indicative of just how much you, and the entire Hopkins Family, truly mean to me. I will never forget just how much of a wonderful Man you turned out to be. I will always treasure the times when we were still kids, that you became one of my greatest Friends. Missing You So Dearly, my Friend…// —Jesus Wept, my Friend!! Please Rest Well in Heaven, as the LORD is waiting for YOU…JO JO

  2. I met you in 1986 and was glad to know you and for saving my Mom’s life. Now you can be at peace. You touched so many lives and will be greatly missed by everyone that truly loved you. My Prayers go out to the Entire Hospkins family.

  3. CandleImageTo the Hopkins family: We met Willie and the Hopkins family a long time ago in Karnes City and became very close friends. May GOD bless you and keep you during this most difficult time. You have our sincere condolences.

  4. I could never repay you for the love you always given to me and my children. You were always there for us and I will always love you for that. You were a dad to me since I was 10 years old. You never turned your back on me. I’m going to miss you so much and the kids will too. I know your spirit is still here with me. I knew I could count on you. You always considered me as one of your children and I considered you as my other father and that will always be. I love you and rest well my angel a beautiful soul.❤️

  5. CandleImageTo Mrs. Helen Hopkins And Family:
    My name is Pamela Holmes the youngest of the Holmes family and I would like to express to you that my heart grieves with you. It was just a few days before Willie’s passing that I had talked to him in
    the store. Even thou that was my last time seeing him but I thank god that I was able to briefly talk to
    him long enough to give him a hug and to tell him that I would be praying for him. I worked with
    Willie during the Summer of 1973 at The Amedd Student Detachment Personnel Office at Fort Sam Houston. Everyone in the office loved and enjoyed working with Willie and when he walked into the office it was like he brightened up the room with his smile and sense of humor. We loved him and
    he will be greatly missed by all. The laughter, fun and joyous memories will always linger in our hearts forever. May God Bless You.

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