Legacy

by Joey deVilla on April 30, 2012

Gravestones: the first reads "Bernard P Hopkins - Dec 2 1904 - Jan 22 1993". The second reads: "Legacy of BPH: Liar - Thief - Cheat - Selfish - Unsharing - Unloving - Unkind - Disloyal - Dishonorable -  Unfaithful"

To incur this level of wrath even after your death takes some doing.

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bork April 30, 2012 at 1:27 am

What is the backstory here? This is amazing.

Joey deVilla April 30, 2012 at 2:18 am

bork: I’ve been trying to find out. So far, some very casual Googling has failed to turn up anything other than the photo being posted in other places.

Ant April 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm
biggles April 30, 2012 at 7:36 pm

there’s an app for that?

Don Armstrong April 30, 2012 at 7:43 pm

SSN is 457-07-5922; was in TX when SSN assigned. http://ssdmf.info/by_birthdate/19041202.html Would have to dig up the probate record (if it even exists) to figure out more.

Dan April 30, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Shopped. You can tell by the pixels.

Arne Swanson April 30, 2012 at 9:43 pm

I would almost guess that his family (or families!) got to know him much better after his demise than they did beforehand. A lie always catches up with you, apparently even after death.

alkali April 30, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Even if it is ‘shopped, it is kind of amazing that someone would undertake to do it.

Rusty Shackelford May 1, 2012 at 12:24 am

the guy had no family at all, was married to a woman the last 7 years of his life, and days before he died was revealed to have been quite the deceptive lowlife. this man was from my hometown; i’m familiar with him.

Rosie Palms May 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm

@Rusty: Your name is faker than mine! Is the information fake, too?

Dale Gribble May 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm

@Rusty
What exactly made him a ‘deceptive lowlife’?

Me May 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm

@Rusty That’s quite a coincidence that he happens to be from your hometown. I’m not going to call bs yet. Could you please provide all of us inquiring minds with some more background…such as his wife’s name, what he did, etc?

Keith May 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Why did he have to be a Hopkins? Why couldn’t he have been a Smith, or a Shackelford?

Dang it. Now I have to check up on all my relatives.

de November 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Bernard Hopokins born in Missouri , death in Caldwell, TX….Parents PeterPaul Hopkins 1865-1937 from Ireland and Cathrine Noger from Missouri 1880-1943.He was single in 1930 census living in a boarding house as they did sometimes when unmarried back then …in Beeville, TX. He married a woman named Lillian Lucille Newman 1907-1988. I found her on Ancestry as married in the 1930 census to a man named Jack Moore Plummer with two kids marked as private…boy and girl..so that means they are living and not listed online for privacy. Marriage to Jack Plummer first husband was Jul 19, 1925. She must have married Mr Hopkins sometime after 1930 if he was only married 7 years before he died, which I cannot prove unless someone can get the marriage certificate from TX. I am looking for family online family trees in Ancestry and emailing people about him if hes in their line….something is very amiss….and its certainly not correct to place this stone…I contacted the cemetery …Morton Cemetery in Richmand , FT Bend Co, TX and asked who placed that stone….they must require permission to place stones in their cemetery…..I got a one short sentence reply….we have no records…HUMMMM….a cemetery that lets anyone place anything without permission or a record of who placed it????

de November 26, 2012 at 6:13 pm

By the way Lillian Lucille Newman Plummer Hopkins was only 17 when she married Jack Plummer in 1925. I do not know if the two children she had with Plummer are the same two listed with Mr Hopkins….she either had 4 kids…boy and girl with each man, or they are one and the same ….Mr Hopkins may have had step kids….hmmmm….

Chris August 2, 2013 at 11:33 pm

Not shopped. I toured the cemetery Wednesday and it is a legit stone.

Lucas April 18, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Wow, such an interesting stone, makes me want to travel to richmond to figure out more about the story behind it.

Josephine Anderson May 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm

DE i did find birth recs at a.com ….
Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1932 about Lucille Lorraine Hopkins
Name: Lucille Lorraine Hopkins
Birth Date: 19 Sep 1927
Gender: Female
Birth Place: Pettus, Bee, Texas, USA
Father: Bernard Phillip Hopkins
Father Birth Place: Pleasant Hill, Missouri
Mother: Lucille Lillian Newman
Mother Birth Place: Alice, Texas

Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1932 about Jack Malcolm Hopkins
Name: Jack Malcolm Hopkins
Birth Date: 5 Sep 1929
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Brownsville, Cameron, Texas, USA
Father: Bernard Phillip Hopkins
Father Birth Place: Missouri
Mother: Lucille Newman
Mother Birth Place: Texas
Mother Residence: Texas

BCAR December 11, 2014 at 9:01 pm

If you are insulted by that stone, then don’t go look at this one: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=30254761

mary anne December 12, 2014 at 10:15 am

I thought the census had him single and living in a rooming house in 1930?
And the two children? There must be more than one Lucille because she was married to Jack in 1925, but her kids had the Hopkins last name?
Do I have this right?

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