Grover Prevatte "Jack" Hopkins, retired Tarboro attorney, passed away on March 14, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Capitola and John Taylor Hopkins, III, inventor of the Image Orthogon tube; and his brother, John Taylor Hopkins, IV, recipient of the Westinghouse prize for Science and Technology in the 1940s. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Connie Jefferys Hopkins; four sons, John Taylor Hopkins, V (Becky), of Winston-Salem, NC, George P. Hopkins (Laura), of Fort Pierce, FL, James G. Hopkins, of Hypoluxo, FL, Corbin W. Hopkins, of Tarboro, NC; two foster children, Fernando Vaca-Pardo, Cecilia Vaca de Thumann; and three grandchildren, Justin, Jennifer and George Hopkins.
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Mr., Hopkins attended Sewanee Military Academy. He served with great honor in the U.S. Army, in the field of Military Intelligence, in Frankfurt, Germany 1954-57. He received his AB from Florida State University and his Juris Doctorate from UNC-Chapel Hill. Additional studies included: Defense Language Institute, Monterey, California (Russian), Industrial Engineering, University of Morelos, Cuernavaca, Mexico; and Medical Studies at East Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville, North Carolina.
He was admitted to the Bars of North Carolina 1971, Florida 1972; District of Columbia 1981; United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, United States Tax Court, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Jack practiced law in Tarboro, NC from 1971-2012, primarily in the areas of torts, family law, criminal defense and meditation. During this time he also served as Secretary General Inter-American Bar Association, 1989/91; Chairman of the Section for Civil Law, Inter-American Bar Association, 1975/89; Vice-Chairman, Committee for International Enforcement of Family Support Obligations, Family Law Section, American Bar Association, 1977; Member of the Nash-Edgecombe Bar Association and the Seventh Judicial District Bar Association; North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Jack enjoyed politics and was a delegate for Ronald Reagan at the Republican National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri in 1976. Also, among his many talents and achievements he developed and marketed client based computer software specific to the management of law offices in handling of cases.
Jack was fluent in several languages including Russian, Spanish, German, Polish and Portuguese. His fascination with words and meanings served him well in his professional and personal life. A well-turned phrase never hurt in the courtroom, and he enjoyed being able to converse with new acquaintances all over the world.
Awards and accolades aside, Jack will be remembered as a loving husband, proud father and grandfather who worked hard to show his family love and to teach them what was important to him.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church in Tarboro, North Carolina with burial following in the churchyard. Family visitation will be immediately following the burial in the church hall.
Arrangements are by Carlisle Funeral Home, Inc. of Tarboro. Online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.carlislefuneral home.com