Ardina Paulette Hopkins, born November 1, 1962, departed this life March 5, 2020 at UT Medical Center. Born to William Augusta Hopkins and the late Pauline Mary Harris, Ardina was a child of God.! As a youth, she was a member of Cansler Street Church of God in Christ under the leadership of the late Bishop William Pankey and Living Faith Church under the leadership of the late Pastor Sharon Welch. She is a graduate of Austin-East High School class of 1980. She also attended Pellissippi State Community College. Ardina was extremely smart and was a straight A student with a collegiate scholarship in math and science. She was a wordsmith and knew every word in the dictionary. She loved reading and housed a large library collection at her home. She worked for many years in the Maintenance Department of the City of Knoxville and at the Sunshine Center. The greatest love of her life was her grandchildren. She loved them dearly.
Preceded in death by mother, Pauline Mary Harris; granddaughter, Mary Hopkins; grandparents, Mary Coleman and John Thomas Poore; brothers, William and Charles Edward "Ooda" Hopkins; aunt, Lois C. Robinson; uncle, Paul Eugene Grimes; and niece, Mashy Hopkins and close friend, Sylvia Siler.
Ardina leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory: father, William Augusta (Jacquline) Hopkins; children, Renita Paulette Hopkins (Nashville, TN), Mario Xavier Hopkins and Maurice Javon Hopkins (Renee Wilson); grandchildren, Javona, Jada and Janese Hopkins; siblings, William Anthony Hopkins, Treasa (Moises Valenzuela) Hopkins, Chattanooga, TN, LaTanya Hopkins Welch (Nashville, TN), and siblings of Florida: (brothers) Roddrick (Karen) Washington and William Tyrone (Alicia) Hopkins, (sisters) Lisa (Albert) Goodin, Sonja (Sammie) Simmons, Lekeisha Hopkins (William Clarke), Sabrina (Jessie) Turpin and Terra Bradley; special sisters: Samantha McKibben, Maria Flint and Tracie Dews; close friends, Willie Martin and Linda McKibben; and a host of many other relatives and friends.
Friday, March 13, 2020, the family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with funeral to follow at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2137 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. Reverend Renee Kessler will officiate. Interment will follow at Mount Olive Cemetery, 2500 Maryville Pike, Knoxville, TN, where a white dove release will conclude the serivce. Flowers may be delivered to the church the day of the funeral. Professional arrangements entrusted to Patton Funeral Home, Brian L. Buckmon, LFD 1-800-824-8283 or www.pattonfuneralhome1962.com.
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