Thomas E. Hopper Buried Sunday
Rites held At First Christian Church With Over 300 People Present
More than three hundred persons attended the simple funeral services for Mr Thomas E. HOPPER Sunday March 10th in the First Christian Church.
Mr Hopper died Friday night March 8th in his home in the country.
The church was filled with people from various walks of life to pay respects to one who had lived in Cadiz over eighty years.
Mr Hopper was the son of Joseph Anderson HOPPER and Lelanor Hicks TERRY and was born September 23, 1859 -- married to Miss Alice PEAL December 22, 1882. His children, Mrs Lucy White MAGRAW, Joseph A. HOPPER and Perry Peal HOPPER , a sister Mrs George L. CUNNINGHAM, grand children and other relatives sat in the front of the church at the left, and his honorary pallbearer, John Cowherd, Preston White, Percy White, John Thompson, John King, frank Ladd, E.T. McCarty, Julian Roberts, Silas Cunningham, Lucian Cunningham, Terry Cunningham, Ben T. White, George L. Cunningham sat at the right, just behind them were in reserve places the many relatives. Before the alter the casket was covered with the white Easter lilies and the green of smilax, all about the alter were wreaths and various colored flowers, roses, carnations, tulips, calla lilies, gladiolas, with red, white, yellow, blue and green hues blending. Through the stained glass windows the afternoon light crept into the high arch behind the altar in softly colored waves. Rev. C.C. Monin, a former pastor of the Christian church conducted the services, read favorite passages from the Bible and gave a short eulogy. Mr Pollard White sang two hymns.
Mrs James Sexton the organist played Handles, "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth." As the casket was borne by the pall bearers: Henry White, Stanley White, Cleland Smith, Cleland White, Hopper Cunningham and Abner White left the church. Mrs Henry White, Martha Malone, Ruth Humphries, Rachel Humphries, Frances King were the flower girls.
Burial services were conducted by Mr Monin at the family plot in East End Cemetery at 3:00. Mr Hopper had lived on a farm a few miles from Cadiz all his life and was greatly loved by his neighbors and friends. When the casket was taken from the house it was borne by six faithful colored men who had worked on the farm for years, and are grieved at the passing of their master: Headley Taylor, Frank Noel, Clem Mayes, Seymour Baker, Herbert Baker and Robert Mayes.
For his upright and honest life, for his love of the church in which he knew membership so long; for his faith in Jesus Christ and love for his fellowman, we give thanks. "Oh Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then of the mercy grant us a safe lodging and a holy rest, and peace at last; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
Our of town people who attended the funeral of Mr Tom Hopper were Mrs Roy McNeil of Covington, Tom Magraw, of Lexington, Mr and Mrs Pettus White, Terry Cunningham, Mr and Mrs George Crenshaw, and Miss Eleanor Crenshaw and George Crenshaw Jr, of Hopkinsville; Joe Hopper, Little Rock, Ark; and Mr and Mrs Perry Hopper, of Chicago.Cadiz Record - Mar 1940
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