I wish Heaven had a phone so I could hear your voice again. I thought of you today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday and days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories and a picture in a frame. Your memory is a keepsake from which I'll never part.....God has you in His arms. I have you in my heart.
Military veterans are more likely to contract ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (aka “Lou Gehrig’s disease”) than the rest of the population, regardless of when they served in uniform, according to a new report released today by The ALS Association at a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, and Education. The report states that men and women with any history of military service in the last century are at a nearly 60% greater risk of ALS than men and women who did not serve in the military. Read the report,"ALS in the Military" (requires Adobe Acrobat) “As outlined in this paper, study after study continues to demonstrate this to be true
Hoppy and His Aunt Marlete
Hoppy with his family at his parent’s 50 th anniversary
A family gathering
He loved spending time with his grandchildren
Hoppy was a great mechanic and took pride in his tools and work.
Hoppy and his two loves.
Taken just a few months before his death
W.A. always took pride in his appearance
Hoppy played foot ball until his younger brother wanted to play. Because his parents could not afford to put both son in football, Hoppy gave it up so his brother could play.
Graduated from Fox in 1953
School photos and graduate picture with his Grandmother
Hoppy loved taking photos. This is just a few that he took.
He left us a great legacy.
My father, W.A. Hopkins Sr., died Nov. 2, 200l From ALS. He had always been a strong man. He served in the U.S. Army as a Tank mechanic. He raised three of his own children and two step-children. He grew up the eldest of four children always helping his parents with the farm and Store they owned. His mother said he was born an old man. She meant that he had always been very mature and responsible. He left us a great legacy. He managed to live years with only 20percent of his heart alive and functioning. He lived with ALS for a few years being diagnosed only days before his death. Had there been more research and awareness at that time some of his symptoms could have been less severe or he might have lived a longer healthier life. ALS took my Daddy prematurely. Do not let it take someone you love without a fight. Help me by donating to ALS Research Association, PLEASE.