Carlton Dugan Hopkins

Carlton Douglas “Dugan” Hopkins, 81, of Midland, Texas, and a native of LaSalle Parish, passed from this life on Monday, April 16, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was born May 26, 1936 in Jena to the union of Elemena and Sam Hopkins. Dugan left his home in Jena and rode a train to Big Lake, Texas, to work in the oilfield at 18. He returned in a couple of years to marry Miss Linda Nelson on December 20, 1957, sharing a life together for 61 years. They started their family in Jena and moved to Patterson, Louisiana. In 1970 they moved the family to Crane, Texas, when he began working for Tretolite. He was a devoted and loving husband, and the best daddy in the world to Lisa, Jane, and Hopper. Dugan seldom met a stranger and was truly a servant of the Lord. He never missed an opportunity to help those in need. He was a devout Bible scholar who kept a minimum of ten Bibles within arm’s reach of his favorite chair at all times. If you did not have a Bible, it would not take long before he handed one to you. At 80 years old, once again in witness to all, he was baptized and rededicated his righteous heart to his Savior, giving his testimony in his own way. Services were held Wednesday, April 18, in the chapel of Nalley-Pickle and Welch Funeral Home in Midland, TX with Pastor Robb Foreman of Home Line Baptist Church officiating. Interment followed at Resthaven Cemetery in Midland under direction of Nalley-Pickle and Welch Funeral Home of Midland. He was preceded in death by his son, Douglas “Hopper” Hopkins; his son-in-law, Steve Holifield; his great-granddaughter, Hunter Ann Smith; his parents; a brother, James “Sonny” Hopkins; a sister, Thelma Rae Collins; and sisters-in-law, Betty Nelson and Sandra Hopkins. He is survived by his wife, Linda Nelson Hopkins of Midland; three daughters, Lisa Holifield, Jane and Craig Smith, and Carrie Hopkins; his brothers, Pete and Betty Hopkins and Donald Hopkins, all of Jena; his sisters, Nedra and Warren Moore of Haughton, and Sammie Armour of Jena; a brother-in-law, James Davis Nelson; sister-in-law, JoyAnn and Bob Killingsworth of Jena; ten grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren; and one very special honorary daughter, Lynda Eaton. Pallbearers are his grandsons: Brandon Smith, Cole Smith, Cade Smith, Shane Smith, Sam Hopkins, and Jake Holifield. The family suggests memorials be donated to the building fund of Home Line Baptist Church, 4406 Mockingbird Lane, Midland, TX 79707.

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