Thursday, February 22, 2007

Marjorie L. Hopkins, 81, passed away Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rogers, Ark.

She was born on Sept. 17, 1925, in Exeter, the daughter of Walter and Lou Sanders Mattingly. She was a lifelong Exeter resident, and U.S. Postmaster for 35 years, having served in Stella, Exeter and Galena. She was a member of the Exeter City Council for several terms and served five 2-year terms as Mayor of Exeter, being the first woman to do so. She was instrumental in many improvements for the community of Exeter, including obtaining the storm warning system, flashing lights for the school crossing on Highway 76/86, the caboose for Main Street, and the Tree City designation. She was the first woman member of the Exeter Lions Club and served as Chaplain of that organization, and was an honorary member of the Exeter FFA. She was a past member of the V.F.W. in Cassville and current member of the V.F.W. in Jane. She was an active member of the Republican party, having served as Committeewoman for several years. During her life, she taught Sunday School and was a member of the church choir for several years, and a current member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Cassville.

She married C. A. Hopkins on Nov. 30, 1945, in Bentonville, Ark. He preceded her in death on Nov. 6, 1985.

Survivors include: one son, Gary Hopkins and his wife, Shirley, of Exeter; one daughter, Anna O'Neil and her husband, Tom, of Exeter; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, in Cassville, with Pastor Danny Heupel officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

Arrangements were under the direction of the White Funeral Home, Cassville.