Horatio Dean Hopkins

09/01/1958 - 05/28/2022


Obituary For Horatio Dean Hopkins

Life Journey: Elder Horatio D. Hopkins

St John 9: 4 "I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work".

On May 28, 2022 our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ called His servant, Horatio Dean Hopkins, Home to Glory. 

Horatio was the youngest boy of 10 children born to the lineage of Clifford Lee Hopkins, Sr. and Ivra Mae (Smith) Hopkins on September 1, 1958 in Dallas, Texas. His parents were natives of Centerville, Texas.

Horatio was called into the ministry in 1985 and was licensed by the late Bishop J Neaul Haynes and the late Bishop Frank W. Smith on July 27th, in the year of 1986.

His Christian experience began early in his life. As a six-months premature baby, his mother prayed and asked God, “If it’s Your Will, please save my child.”

And so, his life story began.  As a child, his family recognized there was an anointing on Horatio’s life, as he was always calling on the Lord Jesus Christ, preaching into a soda bottle, to all of the neighborhood children, imitating the late Pastor S.E. Mitchell who was a great mentor to young Horatio.

At the age of six, in the year of 1964, his mother and her children became members of Greater Harvest Church Of God In Christ. There he shared a very special bond with the late L. V. (Reed) Smith, whereas she would seat him on the bench with her as she played the organ for church services. She referred to him as "Preacher" because she recognized the “gift” and “callings” that were on his life. He grew into the knowledge of God,  repented of his sins, and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior; and he was filled with the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues as the Spirit of God gave him utterance.

Horatio grew up in the southern sector of Dallas and attended the Dallas Independent School District.

As the Bible spoke of Peter and John being unlearned men, but full of the gifts from God and full of the Holy Ghost, in the same fashion at the age of 20 years, Horatio accepted his True Calling into the ministry as he attended Lighthouse Church of God in Christ. His first message was "Let there be..." and he consummated the acceptance of his calling as a minister preaching the Gospel, as did John the Baptist in the wilderness.

Horatio was faithful to God's Calling as he attended Lighthouse Church of God in Christ, Pastored by the late Edward Calloway. Lighthouse is where Horatio met a special young lady and entered into holy matrimony; however, years later and after dissolution of the marriage, he relocated to Houston, Texas which has been his resident for the past 30 years.

As Horatio continued his walk with God, he served as a role model for all of his nieces and nephews—speaking words of encouragement and taking them to various church services. Some of Horatio’s hobbies included singing and ministering through song, and playing musical instruments.

As he began the next phase of his exciting journey in Houston, he became a member of Williams Temple Church of God in Christ. Under the leadership of the late Bishop R.E. Woodard, he was ordained as an elder on June 22, 1994.  Horatio never wavered from his Faith, and he loved the Grand Old Church of God in Christ, as was founded by the late Bishop C. H. Mason. He possessed a compelling vision that he could lead and inspire others, as he served honorably as a Praise and Worshipper for his fellow Williams Temple C.O.G.I.C. congregation.

Horatio enjoyed a rewarding career as he was most recently employed in a part-time capacity with The Parking Spot; also retirement from Men's Wearhouse, and Nesbits Cleaners as a Supervisor.  Silk finishing and dry cleaning was Horatio’s specialty as he was mentored by his aunt Hattie who owned a dry cleaning business located in Dallas, TX. She taught him “the trade” by offering an example of moral leadership, values, ethics, and beliefs. Horatio developed a passion to keep going when times were rough. In addition, he possessed good judgment, exemplary client service, and the courage to make tough decisions while pursuing a successful career in various industries.

Elder Horatio D. Hopkins, is preceded in death by his father Clifford Lee Hopkins, Sr., mother Ivra Mae Smith- Hopkins, and four siblings Dora Lee Johnson, Claude Ray Hopkins, Billy Jay Hopkins, and Eliza Vien Hopkins.

He leaves to mourn his precious memories: two sisters Ivra Dell Hopkins-Porter and Cynthia Renee Hopkins-Ransom (Las  Vegas, Nevada), a brother Clifford Lee Hopkins, Jr. (Dallas, Texas); two aunts Ethel Joe Sanders (Beaumont, Texas) and Eliza Delores Meredith (Dallas, Texas); an uncle Larry Glen Smith (Lancaster, Texas); a special niece Cynthia Joyce Johnson (Las Vegas, Nevada); an ex-brother-in-law Oscar Porter (Houston, Texas); and a host of other special nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, special cousins, friends, and colleagues.


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  • 06/13/2022

    Unc it is so hard to write this I can't I can't finish without the tears of the wonderful moments of memories that I have of you from the laughter we share to the love and understanding I will always have for you, you will truly be missed but always remembered and never forgotten I love you UNC with hugs and kisses to the family that awaits your arrival with arms held out and cheering welcome welcome home , rest in eternal heavenly peace, love Cynthia Joyce

  • 06/11/2022

    To my uncle Elder Horatio Dean.Hopkins your were a icon in the church of God In Christ from Dallas to Houston i know because i grew up in the church with you unc my best memories is when you were in the group Third World yall was the best at that time to me yall would travel a lot. i enjoyed traveling to junction city Kansas. to here yall sing my Granny would give yall the red carpet treatment at her church So uncle you have earned your crown in the Gates of Heaven I Love you uncle RIP and pinch aunt Dora for me And to answer your question Yes I'm going to miss you.

  • 06/10/2022

    To Dee (Dell) and the entire Hopkins & Smith Family: Our deepest condolences and prayers for strength and comfort during this difficult time. We love you all, The Houston/ Jelks Family (Betty, Morris, Jean and Laura; Lenn Jelks, Jermaine, Dominic & Mary Jelks)

  • 06/10/2022

    My Dearest Horatio...with an incredibly heavy and broken heart, I find myself crying, BUT not as if I have no hope—and then, at times laughing hysterically as my family or Dell "Dee" and I reminisce about funny "Ratio" stories or incidents that occurred in the past. For instance, the time you told Dell you ruined my nice suits when you first started laundering clothes and I "didn't even get mad" and continued to use your services (lol). You were one of the kindest, most authentic persons I know, and your impeccable style and smile that would light up any room—will be missed immensely!! We Love You Dearly!! Rest in Power! Your Bonus Sister/Cousin & The Houston Family "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Revelation 21:4, KJV

  • 06/09/2022

    I wish I had more time with you because you have so much style and pose that I could've or should learned from you. The G in Gentlemen was you and I loved you so much Unc -Man

  • 06/09/2022

    "Nephew, I need you to rinse off my ice before you put my pop in there because I don't that ice to stick on my lip" Forever Cherish Rara

  • 06/09/2022

    My dear, dear Ratio, (not Horatio, lol!), Just wanted you to know how much you'll be missed! No more lengthy phone calls of the past and discussions of what the future may hold as we age gracefully (as you said, lol!), talking/laughing about the old members of Third World, (from whence we met in 1978), all the jokes, laughter (with that deep chuckle), but most of all our discussions of God, knowing he is and shall remain; the Alpha and Omega! Ephesians 1:4 says we were chosen and trust me, he couldn't have selected a better servant than YOU! The rocks wouldn't need to cry out in your place! Well, you're home, happy and now singing in God's Heavenly Choir and most of all at peace!! Love and miss ya!!

  • 06/08/2022

    I cried when you passed away, I still cry today. Although I loved you dearly, I couldn't make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating; hard working hands are now at rest. God broke my heart to prove to me he only takes the best. Aunt Lois Loves You

  • 06/08/2022

    Nephew, Oh, how I am going miss you and the telephone calls and laughter. and I am still "Standing on the Banks of Jordan" Your eldest Living Aunt ''Jo" He leadeth me beside still waters. He restores my soul (Psalm 23:2-3)

  • 06/08/2022

    Preacher, I just wanted you to know, how proud I am of you and I know how much you loved God,. He is all merciful, loving, and forgiving. I will miss your beautiful smile and our talks about the old church. You have been walking with God for a long time. However, He Will be with us thru this very difficult time. I love you and DeMarcus' love and admire the Man of God that you became...I know you called upon the Lord Jesus Christ during your times of distress...Love you more than words can express...Your Sister Dell 🙏🙏🙏💕💕💕

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