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Obituary: Wade Lee Hopkins

Wade Lee Hopkins, 58, passed away peacefully in his sleep, Nov. 9, at the loving home of his aunt, Sylvia (Yae) Kiker, in Williams, Arizona. Wade was born on May 22, 1965 in Williams. He attended school in Williams and Parks public schools, and at a Christian School in Williams. When he was young and a teenager, he was active in sports. He was a hard worker and worked in the timber industry, in construction, and running heavy equipment, among other endeavors. He worked steadily until a horse accident a number of years ago forced him to go on disability.

Wade was known as being kind, and all kids and animals loved him. He was funny and was a playful teaser to those he loved. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, wildlife, animals and riding horses. He was also known as having an inquisitive mind, and sometimes challenged traditional ways of thinking. Those who knew Wade well, know that he had his own inner battles, but he never lost the traits of kindness, truthfulness, and sense of humor. As a family member put it, "Sometimes a person just doesn't seem to find a fit in this world anymore, and Wade seemed to become like that."

Wade is survived by his four adult children, Amy Chenowith (Sam), Shelby Suarez (Fidel), Jodee Hopkins and Megan Hopkins. He is also survived by his dad, Dave Hopkins (Robin), brothers Todd Hopkins (Dusty) Chad Hopkins, and sister Monica Waite (Guy Bob). He also has aunts, Juilee ( Kenny) Cooper, Carol Owens, Sylvia (known as Yae) Kiker, Helen Hopkins, and another Aunt Netha (unknown status). His uncle is Bill Sutton (Linda). Wade is also survived by 4 grandchildren: Weston, Clayton and Ada Chenowith and Theo Suarez. He is also, survived by many other nephews, nieces, cousins and relatives, and those loved ones not related but "family" nonetheless.

Wade was preceded in death by his Mom, Sue Ellen Hopkins; his infant sister Amy Hopkins; his grandparents Bill (Sr.) and Raynell Sutton along with Al and Millie Hopkins; his uncle Marvin Hopkins, his aunt Linda Morris, Uncles Johnny Morris, Donnie Owens and Johnny Kiker, and a number of other relatives.

Services will be held at the Sultana Theatre in Williams, Arizona, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, followed by lunch and social time. It's located at 301 W Route 66.

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