The sun rose in Leon County, Texas on February 19, 1934, bringing with it, a new day and a new life. Oland L. Hopkins was born to Authur and Lucy Hopkins. What a great day that was! His early and formative years were spent in the Pleasant Springs community in Leon County, Texas where he attended the local public schools and New Zion Baptist Church. His secondary education was gained at Frederick Douglas High School in Centerville, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Education and a Masters Degree in Education from Prairie View A&M University. Oland spent forty-one years as an educator and a coach at Centerville I.S.D. until his retirement in 2000.
On December 27, 1959, Oland was united in holy matrimony to Dorothy Mae West, his childhood sweetheart, and they shared fifty-eight beautiful years together in Centerville, Texas. To this union, four lovely children were born: Olando Jr., LaDarrell, Marla Renea and Renessa. He loved being surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Oland was baptized at an early age at New Zion Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for many years. He was a faithful member until his health began to fail him. He not only served as an educator but a father, a disciplinarian, a counselor and friend to many students in C.I.S.D. and throughout the community. In 1974, Oland Hopkins and his family started an Outlaw Basketball Tournament which brought families and friends back to the community for many years during Easter weekend. After years of successful tournaments, he decided, along with a group of other Centerville Douglas Alumni, to use the proceeds from the basketball tournament and provide scholarships to a C.I.S.D. black student who wished to attend college. Oland was also a member of the U.M.W. Scottish Rite Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Texas, INC. Pride of the West, Centerville, Texas.
On February 26, 2018, Oland L. Hopkins departed his earthly home. His passing brought sadness to the hearts of all who knew and loved him. His wise advice will be missed, but will be remembered. All who knew him are glad to have known the happy person that Oland was.
Oland was preceded in death by both of his parents and siblings, John A. Hopkins (Predia), Joe Lee Hopkins (Beatrice), Mary Allen, Eglar Hopkins (Edna), Newt Hopkins & Edward Hopkins. Leaving to cherish Oland’s memories are wife, Dorothy M. Hopkins; children, Olando Hopkins (LaNell), LaDarrell Hopkins (Jackie), Marla R. Watts & Renessa Champagne (Derrick); grandchildren, Rashad Hopkins, Jeremy Hopkins (Olivia), LaDarrell A. Hopkins (Mia), Jackson Hopkins, Jamari’ Roberts (Brandon), Samuel Barnes, Tevin Champagne, Jalen Champagne; great-grandchildren, LaRyn Hopkins & Zoe Roberts; siblings, Harold Hopkins (Calverta) & Verma Sandifer (Freddie) and sisters-in-law, Jessie Hopkins & Fannie Hopkins. In addition, he leaves a host of loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, relatives, former students and friends.
Homegoing services for Oland L. Hopkins were held at 11 A.M., Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas. Rev. Kenneth Donalson officiated the service and Rev. Jarrett West presented the eulogy. Interment followed in the Pleasant Springs Cemetery, east of Centerville.
Pallbearers: David Hopkins, Broderick Davis, Fred Johnson, Jack Johnson, Pete Johnson, Bobby Smith, Redell Allen & Brandon Madison.
Honorary Pallbearers: LaDarrell A. Hopkins, Tevin Champagne, Rashad Hopkins, Jalen Champagne, Jeremy Hopkins, Samuel Barnes, Jackson Hopkins, Roderick Hopkins, Marcus West, Tommy West & Coach Joe Langley.
All funeral arrangements were entrusted to Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas. www.waltersfuneralhome.com