Barbara Smith Hopkins

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Barbara Smith Hopkins, of Madison, passed away on February 4, 2021, at Merit Health Madison Hospital.

Barbara was born on March 1, 1932, to Cornelius O. and Helen G. Smith in Yonkers, NY. She grew up in New Jersey and Long Island, NY and graduated from Marietta College (Ohio) with a BA Degree in Education. In 1955 she was wed to Harley Harold Hopkins of Williamstown, WV and they remained happily married until his passing in 2016. After business-related transfers to Columbus, OH, Chattanooga and Kingsport, TN, Barbara and Harley settled in North Jackson in 1965. Together they owned and operated The Office Store and Harley's in Highland Village Shopping Center. In her later years Barbara enjoyed working in the tennis pro shop at the Country Club of Jackson. Much of her social life revolved around the Jackson Yacht Club where she and Harley were members for over 50 years. 

Barbara was a member of Chi Omega Sorority, the Chi O “Wise Owls” Luncheon Club and the American Association of University Women. Over the years she was active in Welcome Neighbors, Jackson Symphony League, the Philanthropic and Educational Organization (P.E.O.) and a volunteer at the William Lowe "Bill" Waller, Sr. Craft Center in Ridgeland. Barbara was a member of Christ United Methodist Church of Jackson. She is survived by her two children, Harley Harold Hopkins III (Carol Bowers) of Falls Church, VA and David Ogden Hopkins (Paula) of Memphis, TN; grandchildren, Anna Lauren Hopkins, Landon Ellen Hopkins, Andrew Ogden Hopkins, and Carson Bowers Hopkins; brother C.O. Smith of Georgetown, TX; niece Michelle Smith of Pharr, TX and nephew William Corwin of Whitefish, MT. A memorial service will be held on a future date to be determined.


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