Leo Berry Hopkins was born on 28 February 1898 in Wallins Creek, Kentucky to James Arton Hopkins and Lucinda Howard. His middle name was for Cindy’s half-brother Newberry Howard, and he was called Berry by the family. Berry was about 3 years old when they moved to Rockcastle County. He completed the 8th grade at Red Bud School.
Berry served in Company D, 17th Machine Gun Battalion, 6th Division in the U.S. Army. He served in Europe during World War I, sailing to England from New York aboard the S/S Desna on 7 July 1918.
Berry married Marie Beedy on 10 February 1922 in Campbell County, Kentucky. They were married by a Justice of the Peace in Newport. They both lived in Ohio, he in Blanchester and she in Cincinnati. Berry’s occupation was farmer.
Marie was born on 28 June 1900 in Budapest, Hungary to Joseph Beedy and Rosie Kamon. Her family immigrated to the U.S. in 1901.
Berry and Marie had five children, all born in Genesee County, Michigan. James Leo was born on 21 August 1926, Ruth Marion on 5 January 1928, Richard Berry on 24 June 1930, Joyce Marie on 18 June 1938, and Jean Christine on 4 May 1944.
By the time they settled in Flint in Genesee County, where Berry worked in the automobile industry, he was going by his first name, Leo. He also bought houses to remodel and sell.
In 1925 and 1926, Berry and Marie lived at 310 W. Eldridge Avenue. According to the Flint City Directory, they lived at 322 W. Eldridge in 1927. That could have been a typo as they were back at 310 in 1928.
In 1930, Berry and Marie lived at 3506 Chicago Boulevard in Flint. From 1936 through 1938, they lived at 629 Carton Street and moved to 322 E. McClellan in 1939. Their residence was 1519 Detroit Street in 1940, but they lived at 412 Delia Street in 1942 and moved to 1419 Chippewa by 1947.
Berry retired in 1963 after thirty-five years at Fisher Body, a division of General Motors.
Marie died on 29 July 1965 at Hurley Hospital in Flint. They lived at 1362 E. Maple Road at the time of her death. Marie’s funeral was held on 2 August at the Colonial Chapel of Reigle Funeral Home in Flint with burial in Evergreen Cemetery in Grand Blanc, Michigan.
Berry died of colon cancer on 15 September 1988 at Crestmont Medical Care Facility in Fenton, Michigan, at age ninety. His funeral was held on the 17th at the Dodds-Dumanois-Pitts Funeral Home with Reverend Clifford Furness officiating. He was buried beside Marie in Evergreen Cemetery.
James Leo Hopkins
Jim married Dorothy Marie Davis on 9 August 1958 in Flint, Michigan. Dorothy was born on 19 July 1923 in Flint, the daughter of Lloyd G. Davis and Viola D. Langlois. Jim and Dorothy had one daughter.
Jim received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan Normal Teachers College and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, including time in Germany. He worked for General Motors for forty-eight years and was a member of UAW #659.
Dorothy died on 19 January 2000 at their home in Flint. Jim died on 15 February 2008 at his residence in Swartz Creek, Michigan. They were both cremated.
Ruth Marion Hopkins
Ruth married Robert Voltenburg on 25 September 1947 in Grand Blanc, Michigan. They divorced just over a year later on 13 December 1948 in Genesee County, Michigan. Ruth married Leonard Leon Hawkins on 18 July 1949 in Steuben County, Indiana. Leonard was born on 12 September 1925 in Saginaw, Michigan, to Howard T. Hawkins and Helen Whitosky. Ruth and Leonard had four children.
Leonard died on 25 February 1991 in Linden, Michigan, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Grand Blanc. Ruth died on 8 August 2021. She was probably also buried in Evergreen Cemetery.
Richard Berry Hopkins
Dick graduated from Michigan State Normal College with a Bachelor of Science degree and earned a master’s in geography from the University of Michigan. He was a lifelong musician and could pick up any instrument and make it sound like he had been playing it for years.
Dick married Marian Opel on 24 July 1954 in Fraser, Michigan. They settled in Winona, Minnesota, where Dick taught business education and geography at Winona State Teachers College from 1957—1987. They had two children.
Dick died on 6 September 2021 in Winona at age ninety-one.
Joyce Marie Hopkins
Joyce worked for Western Union Telegraph Company, where she met James Paul Maurer. They married on 4 May 1963 in Grand Blanc, Michigan. James was born on 2 November 1934 in Nashville, Michigan, the son of Herman Maurer and Katherine Ehrmann. Joyce and James had five children.
James died on 8 September 2020 in Jackson, Michigan. Joyce died in Jackson on 20 October 2021. They were both buried in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Jackson.
Jean Christine Hopkins
Jean married Avery Earl Carpenter on 1 March 1963 in Flint, Michigan. Avery was born in Imperial, Nebraska, on 3 September 1933 to Avery Carpenter and Ruth Nothomb. Jean and Avery lived in Fenton, Michigan, and had two children.
Avery died on 7 March 1989 in Flint. He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Grand Blanc, Michigan.
Jean moved to Flint about ten years after Avery died. She worked as an assistant at the Genesee District Library and as a cashier for Ace Hardware in Grand Blanc.
Jean died on 1 April 2018 in Flint. She was buried in Evergreen Cemetery beside Avery.