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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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.

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.

@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?

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.

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 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????

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….

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

DE i did find birth recs at ….
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

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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