Sam W. Hopkins
11/07/1949 - 06/02/2020
Obituary for Sam W. Hopkins
Sam W. Hopkins age 70 of Hamilton, Ohio passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by immediate family on Tuesday June 2, 2020. Sam was born on November 7, 1949 to George and Sue Hopkins. After graduating from Garfield High School in 1967, he attended Miami University where he studied Business Administration. After college Sam served our country valiantly in the United States Marine Corps for six years. Sworn in to the Hamilton Police Department in 1973, he began his 47 year career as a public servant starting as a policeman. He later advanced to detective and was then promoted to sergeant rank. In addition, Sam was well respected as President of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) for Lodge #38, where he advocated diligently for his Brothers in Blue. In his latter years Sam served as bailiff under the Honorable Judge Ronald Craft, alongside many colleagues whom he considered dear friends. Sam spent his spare time protecting his church family at the Princeton Pike Church of God with his good friend Nick Gibson, under Bishop Barry Clardy, as the founder and director of the Safety Team. He spent countless hours sharing his knowledge and experience to ensure the team was fully equipped to protect others. Sam was just as devoted to his family as a husband and father. He met the love of his life, Twila Baldwin Hopkins, in 1995 and they spent 25 wonderful years together traveling the country, enjoying fine dining, hiking through nature, and attending church together. He was the #1 fan of his daughter Rachelle, who he denied nothing but protected from everything. Sam is survived by his wife Twila; daughter Rachelle (Austin) Huff; beloved brother Al (Nancy) Hopkins; niece Shelly (Tim) Melcher; nephew CMDR Jason (Melissa) Hopkins; niece Melissa Reed; and several great/great great nieces and nephews. Visitation 4-7 PM Friday June 5, 2020 at the Princeton Pike Church of God, 6101 Princeton-Glendale Road, Hamilton, Ohio. The Hamilton Police Honor Guard will stand guard at Sam’s casket during the visitation and also conduct an FOP service at 6:45 PM Friday evening. The funeral service will be held at 9:30 AM Saturday June 6, 2020 at the church with Pastor Barry Clardy, officiating. Burial to follow with full military honors in Hickory Flat Cemetery. THE WEBSTER FUNERAL HOME 3080 Homeward Way at Rt. 4, Fairfield is serving the family. In lieu of flowers and in honor of Sam's family, donations may be made to Princeton Pike Church of God Safety Team. www.websterfuneralhomes.com
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