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Hopkins, George W.

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November 28, 1936 - January 4, 2016

Hopkins, George W.

George William Hopkins, age 79, of Irving, Texas, passed away on January 4, 2016. He was born November 28, 1936 in Anderson, IN.  George lived in Indiana until the last three decades of his life, during which he lived in Irving.

George enjoyed entertaining people as a clown, a magician, a face painter, and as Santa Claus. He is remembered by his friends as being unfailingly generous with his time and energy in helping others.  Even after retiring from his work at UT Southwestern Hospital, he helped children by working as a school crossing guard for the City of Irving.

Neighbors remember seeing George walking his dog, Shadow, often. Those who didn’t know George by name remember him as “the man with the little black dog”.

George was preceded in death by his father, Arvil, his mother, Naomi, and his son, Chris.

George is survived by his loving wife, Marti, of Irving, his children and step-children: La Quieta Beth (and her husband, Bob) of Anderson, IN, Beth (and her husband, Peter) of San Jose, CA, and Brad of Irving, and by George’s grandchildren, Tommy and Rebecca.

In lieu of flowers, Marti requests George be remembered through a memorial gift to the American Diabetes Association.


Please send the family condolences and sign the guest book on this site.

Arrangements are under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
1820 N. Belt Line Road
Irving, Texas 75061

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Beth Hopkins

January 01, 2020 7:30PM

Hi Dad.
Sorry I missed your 2019 birthday. Had a lot going on. Not good stuff. Lost mom on December 20th. After several rough years and the last month or so in and out of hospital. I feel so list without you two.
Love you so much.

Beth H

November 28, 2018 2:41PM

Happy Birthday Dad😪😪 I still miss you so much. Think of you every day.

Beth Hookins

July 06, 2018 7:43AM

Thinking about you. I miss you. Love....

Beth Hopkins

June 07, 2017 6:44AM

I miss you dad. So much.

John Mathis

April 22, 2017 9:34AM

Marti I just read George's Obit sorry for the loss.We worked construction together at Parkland Hospital back in the 80s.I always considered him a friend.May God bless.

Beth Hopkins

November 28, 2016 5:38AM

Happy Birthday Dad!! I miss you soooo much, there are no words that can even describe how much. It's been almost a year and the pain is still so fresh it feels like it just happened. How I miss being able to call you, we could talk about anything, you were such a good listener and you were always there for me. Hugs and kisses. You're missed.....

Peggy Barton

January 28, 2016 9:34PM

We are so sorry for the loss of this much loved clown. He left many memories. His family is in our prayers.

Nancy & Joel Arent

January 24, 2016 4:52PM

We are both still in shock and saddened by his passing. A good friend for many years, always willing to help anyone. Many a good laughs shared by him at our kitchen table trying to teach me some pocket magic. We all have Good Memories of you,mine is when you played Santa. God Bless Your friends and family, we will miss him terribly.

Jean Maskell

January 23, 2016 6:27PM

Hopper aka George will be really missed on earth but I am sure he is entertaining the LORD. Bump A Nose!! Rest in Peace!!

Jeanette Sanders

January 22, 2016 12:36PM

George Hopkins will be greatly missed. I knew George and his Wife through the clown alleys. George was someone you could trust, always had a funny antidote and always helpful.

Allan 'Sambo' The Clown Driscoll

January 21, 2016 12:09PM

Past memories of life will bring comfort and strength for tomorrow.

Edward Fitzgerald

January 20, 2016 9:41PM

Tho our footsteps no longer fall on the same path, I warmly look back on the time when our journeys came together. You will be missed George!

Robert & Sonya Durden

January 20, 2016 6:18PM

Marti we are both saddened to hear of George's passing. He was a wonderful man as well as a very talented and giving entertainer. Our prayers are with you. Hugs.

Susan Keys

January 20, 2016 5:15PM

I loved Hopper to the sky! He was kind, generous, funny, fun and loved to share his magic! I will miss him and hope to see him again some day.

Sandra "Fiddle Britches" Anderson

January 20, 2016 3:49PM

So sorry for your loss. May God give you all comfort at this time. God has gained a wonderful man. He will be greatly missed. Loved working with him on the clown gigs.

Hal & Pamela Hudgins

January 20, 2016 2:19PM

We will always have fond memiories of kind and gentle George. He was a good friend to have, the kind that would rather give you a quarter than cheat you out of a dime. We will greatly miss you, George. You've left us with a missing part in our lives.

Deidra, Robert, Rylan and Reid Russell

January 19, 2016 7:31PM

We will never forget how much fun George and Marti made our children's Birthday parties when they were dressed as clowns. We also enjoyed him as Santa Claus that came to Grandma's house! George was a self-less, loving man. I was honored to have to know him.


January 19, 2016 7:29PM

Memories are the legacy of love.
My condolence to your family.

Marcy Poland

January 19, 2016 4:53PM

So sorry to hear of George's passing. Those who knew Hopper will never forget his laughter and generous of his time. Bump a Nose in Heaven with Hubba Hubba