ADA — Ernest E. Hopson, Jr., 77, passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 12:50 p.m., at his residence in Ada, surrounded by his wife and children. He was born Oct. 2, 1936, in Auxier, Kentucky, to Ernest E. and Marie (Webb) Hopson, Sr., who preceed him in death. On July 23, 1956, he married Harlene Sue Wells and she survives in Ada. They just celebrated 58 years of marriage.

Ernie worked at Field’s Bakery, in Ada, and drove a truck for Omar Bakery, in Columbus, prior to working at Ford. He retired from the Ford Motor Company, Lima Ford Engine Plant in 2000 after nearly forty years. He also sold real estate for VanDeMark Realty, then later for Century 21 Beacon Realty. He was a member of the U.A.W. and the Masonic Lodge. He had been an EMT for Ada/Liberty Township. He was a member of the Church of Christ Disciples, Ada, where he was an adult Sunday school teacher. He was a 1956 graduate of Ada High School.

Ernie liked to fish and play golf. When his boys were younger he helped with the Ada Midget Football program. He was his kids' number one fan during their high school years. He was an avid reader and really enjoyed family reunions. Ernie was a friend to all and a kind hearted person who will be deeply missed by family and friends.

Also surviving are three sons, Jeffrey (Sally) Hopson, of Modesto, California, David (Rachele) Hopson, of Ada, and Vaughn Hopson, of Winter Haven, Florida; a daughter, Gina Powell, of Alger; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Melvin (Saundra) Hopson, of Westminster, Rev. Paul (Janice) Hopson, of Springfield, Tennessee and Kenneth Hopson, of Dunkirk; and a sister Doris Curlis, also of Dunkirk. He was preceded in death by a brother Larry R. Hopson, Sr., and a grandson, Jesse Powell.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m., on Monday, August 4, 2014, at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, with Minister Clyde McCall officiating. Burial will be in Preston Cemetery, Alger. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m., on Sunday, August 3, at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, and until time of service on Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the Church of Christ Disciples, Hardin County Hospice or Charity of the Donor’s Choice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.hansonneely.com.

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