|Birth: ||May 25, 1967|
|Death: ||Feb. 23, 2011|
Gregory Alan Hopkins was born in Monroe, Michigan, on May 25, 1967.
He was one of three children from the union of Benjamin Chester Hopkins and Sheilia Irene (Dusseau) Hopkins.
Gregory was baptized and received his First Communion at St. Anne Catholic Church. He had attended Monroe High School.
Gregory was married to the former Sheryl Riley.
For more than twenty years, he was employed as a commercial painter. Gregory was employed by several local companies as well as being independently employed for some time. He had also had worked for Bob Evans Restaurant as a cook. He took a medical retirement in 2006.
Gregory loved the outdoors, where he enjoyed fishing and bicycling. He also enjoyed shooting pool, drawing and sketching, and he had a passion for music and a love for playing his guitar.
Gregory had a gift with others as well. His personality was kind, caring, and helpful. He enjoyed bringing others happiness and laughter. Gregory had a great love for his family and friends, and was extremely proud of his children. He had great faith in his Lord and Savior and he received his strength from regularly reading his Bible.
Gregory Alan Hopkins, 43, of Monroe passed away from injuries suffered in a car accident on Wednesday morning February 23, 2011.
His passing was preceded by paternal grandparents, Rose Johnson and Chester Hopkins; and maternal grandfather, Kenneth Dusseau.
He leaves to cherish his memory two sons, Jasper (Nicole Roden) Hopkins of Southgate and Benjamin (Melissa) Robinson of Monroe; a granddaughter, Kira Grace Robinson of Monroe; his mother, Sheilia Hopkins of Monroe; his father, Benjamin (Juanita) Hopkins of Monroe; maternal grandmother, Wilma Dusseau; two sisters, Shawn Marie Besedich (Keith Guyot) of Dearborn and Cassandra Ann (Jeff) Perkins of Ida; one nephew, Steven Arthur Raymer; two nieces, Brandy Renee Raymer and Stephanie Nicole Hopkins; and great nieces, Gracianna Johnson and Aubrianna Johnson.
Friends may gather from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., Saturday, February 26, at Merkle Funeral Service, 2442 N. Monroe St., (734) 384-5185. A celebration of his life will take place at 6:00 p.m. with the Rev. William Mossett pastor of St. Anne Catholic Church officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the wishes of the family or to Brain Trauma Injury Support.
Online words of inspiration and comfort can be made by visiting www.merklefuneralservice.com and then selecting the Life Stories page.
A man who drove around railroad crossing arms that had been lowered was killed when his car was hit by a train on Dunbar Rd. east of S. Telegraph Rd. early this morning.
Monroe County sheriff's deputies identified the driver as Gregory A. Hopkins, 43, of Monroe. He was alone in the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sgt. Brian Angerer reported the accident happened about 4:45 a.m. Mr. Hopkins was driving a 1998 Buick Riviera westbound and proceeded to go around the gates when his car was hit by the southbound CSX freight train.
Police said the lights and bells were activated and the crossing arms were lowered at the crossing. The crumbled car came to rest on the shoulder of Dunbar next to the tracks. The victim was pinned in the wreckage and had to be freed by the Monroe Township Volunteer Fire Department.
The train stopped about a half mile down the tracks. The crossing was reopened around 8:15 a.m.
The victim lived in Oakridge Estates Mobile Home Park, deputies said. It was unclear where he was headed when the accident occurred.
It was the sixth fatality on Monroe County roads this year compared to two at this time in 2010.
Created by: Karen
Record added: Feb 23, 2011
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