James E. “Slow Machine” Hopkins, 55, of Salisbury, Md., was called to rest on Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, in Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md. He was a truck driver, employed over the years by Reed Trucking, Rodney Harmon Trucking, Mountaire Farms, Showell Farms, Glacier (Burris Foods), H & M Bay and Wm. P. Hearne Produce. He loved spending time with his family and friends, driving his truck across the country, never meeting a stranger, telling jokes, watching football, barbequing and just making all feel welcomed and loved. He loved his wife and family unconditionally right up to the end and his favorite hymns were “Going up the Yonder” and “I’m Coming Up.”
Hopkins was preceded in death by his parents, James Wise and Minnie Hopkins Bibbins; uncle, William Hopkins; sister, Deborah Hopkins-McCray, niece Danicka Hopkins; sister-in-law, Julia Brown; and father-in-law, Bailey Nutter. He is survived by his wife of 18 blissful years, Ramona Elizabeth Hopkins; three daughters, Tuwana Thornton of Miramar, Fla., Lakeisha Reynolds of Dover, Del., and Malanie Wharm of New Castle, Del.; two sons, Dana Thornton and his wife, Sharla, and Percy Thornton, all of Salisbury; nine grandchildren; three brothers, Ruben McCray, Ronald Hopkins and his wife, Pamela, and Tyrone Hopkins; two sisters, Delphine Williams and her husband, Thomas, and Vanessa Grey and her husband, Maurice; two aunts, Lillian Kenney and Elva Wise; three uncles, Noah L. Hopkins, Melvin Hopkins and Kendall Hopkins; his mother-in-law, Eleanor Nutter; special aunt-in-law, Ruth Belle; two sisters-in-law, Gwendolyn Barnett and Edith Nutter; four brothers-in-law, Frederick Nutter, Julius Nutter, Thomas Nutter and Allen Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Services were scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, with interment in St. Johns 2nd Baptist Church cemetery, Mount Joy Road, near Millsboro, Del.