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Bernice Hopson (3-8-15) service 3-14-15

Bernice Esterline was born March 29, 1933, in Savannah, the youngest of five children to the late Isaiah and Irene Dixon Goodlow. She was blessed to have lived 81 years when she departed this life on Sunday, March 8, at Vanderbilt Medical Center, Nashville.
Mother, as she was lovingly known throughout the community, was a member of Graham Chapel C.M.E. Church where she was a member of the Stewardess, Usher, and Missionary Boards.
Mother loved going to church, shopping, travel, cooking, taking care of children, helping people and spending quality time with family.
Mother was preceded in death by her husband, A.G. Hopson; two brothers, James Arthur Goodlow and Isaac Nelson Goodlow; one grandson, Rufus Nelson Hopson Jr.; and one great-grandchild, Morgan Ashley Hopson.
She is survived by her two sisters, Lula Mae McClellan of Counce, and Mildred Irene Rushing of Chicago, Illinois; six daughters, Judith Donaldson of Michigan City, Indiana, Debra L. (Alexander) Russell of Morris Chapel, Anna R. (Paul) Robinson of Savannah, Vicki Lynn Hopson of Savannah, Dineta Hopson Walker of Counce and Naomi (Claude) Miller of Bayboro, North Carolina; five sons, Roger A. (Cynthia) Hopson of Lebanon, Tennessee, Vincent (Bertha) Hopson of Savannah, Michael (Cathy) Hopson of Indianapolis, Indiana, Rufus N. Hopson of Savannah and Maurice (Patty) Hopson of Selmer; 35 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.  
Services were held on Saturday, March 14, at 1 p.m., at First United Methodist Church in Savannah with Frank Holiday, Gallian Fulton, Prentiss Burdine and Roger A. Hopson officiating. Burial followed in Memory Gardens at Savannah.

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