Phillip McClanahan Hopkins, Sr., 73, of Tiki Island, Texas passed away on February 26, 2011, in his home on Tiki Island.
He was born on September 19, 1937 in Trinity, Texas to his parents Sanford and Lois Hopkins. He graduated from Reagan High School in Houston Texas. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering at Tri State College in Angola, Indiana, his Masters Degree of Electrical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland, and his Ph.D. at the University of Houston.
He was a Professional Engineer (P.E.), a Fellow of the IEEE, and an adjunct professor at the University of Houston. He worked for and retired from Lockheed Martin at the Johnson Space Center.
He was the current Mayor of Tiki Island, president of the Galveston County Mayor and Council Member Association, former Tiki Island Alderman, and former Tiki Island Civic Association president.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Angelina Daldos Hopkins. He is survived by his adoring daughter, Jean Hopkins Power and son-in-law, Gerard Louis Power III of Plano, Texas; his devoted son, Phillip McClanahan Hopkins, Jr. of Victoria, Texas and grandchildren, Gerard Louis Power IV, Alexandra Hopkins Power, David Christian Power, Harper Phillip Hopkins, and Hayes McClanahan Hopkins; his brothers, Sanford Davis Hopkins and Lyn Thomas Stanley; and many nephews, nieces and dear friends he called family.
Phillip came from humble beginnings and worked hard for everything he had in life. He is a cancer survivor and never lost his spirit or humor during his treatment. He retired and moved to Tiki Island, Texas where he could live by the water and to pursue his favorite hobby, fishing. He loved his family and was so proud of his grandchildren. His son and daughter are very close to him and his memory is cherished by them. Phillip is known by all as a generous and kind man, and an intellectual who was versed on topics ranging from physics to angling. Everyone has been touched by him will never forget his spirit for life. He traveled the world with family and friends. He loved to celebrate the good time and was always there to offer comfort and consolation to those in pain. Unparalleled in honor, ethic, and generosity, Phillip will be missed terribly by all who knew him.
He is now in the loving embrace of our Heavenly Father, fishing and bragging about his grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. at the Tiki Island Chapel , 835 Tiki Drive, Tiki Island, Texas 77554, Deacon Richard “Buzz” Standridge of St. Patrick (Holy Family) Catholic Parish, officiating. The family will receive visitors at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm Tuesday and also in the Tiki Island Chapel at 9:00 A.M. before the funeral. Interment will immediately follow the service at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.
At 1:00 p.m. friends are invited to visit with the family for a luncheon at the residence of Carol Hasserd at 1743 Diamondhead, Tiki Island, Texas 77554.
Friends may sign the register book and send the family condolences at www.carnesbrothers.com. Please include the Hopkins name.