Almon Chester Hopkins, 74, of Lumber Bridge, North Carolina died at his residence February 3, 2010. A native of Tillamook, Oregon, he retired as a Master Sergeant from the U.S. Army in 1978 after 24 years and 6 months of active service. He earned the Master Parachute Badge and during the Viet Nam conflict he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Republic of Viet Nam Cross of
Gallantry with Palm, Republic of Viet Nam Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star, and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster as well as the Viet Nam Service Medal. He was deployed to the Dominician
Republic to protect American civilians during the 1965 attempted violent overthrow of the elected government, earning the American Forces Expeditionary Medal. Following his retirement from the US Army, he founded Hopkins Nursery of Lumber Bridge, NC in 1983 which he operated until declining health caused operations to cease in 2009. He was a well known and well respected businessman in his community. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Bernice Hopkins; sons, Charles David Hopkins, Stanley Earl Hopkins, Almon Anthony (Tony) Hopkins, James Edward Hopkins; brother Larry D. Hopkins; and 16 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Memorial Services were held Monday, February 8, 2010 at McNeill Mackie Funeral Home Chapel, St. Pauls, NC. Burial will be at a later date. The family was served by McNeill Mackie Funeral Home, 319 W. Broad Street, St. Pauls, NC.