Skip was an entrepreneur, and the CEO and co-owner of Milworx Materials Inc. in Decatur, Ala. He was a graduate of Metropolis High School Class of 1962 and was class salutatorian, member of the golf team and quarterback of the football team. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois where he earned a bachelor of science degree in ceramic engineering.
Skip first moved to Augusta and worked for Babcock and Wilcox in ceramics research and developed many innovative products. He moved onto international sales, which gave him the opportunity to travel throughout the world. Later, he started Refractory Materials International in Birmingham, Ala.
He is survived by his wife, Daphne Garner Hopson of Augusta; two children, Nancy Hopson Maher of Washington D.C. and Charles Grant Hopson of Decatur; his father, Charles Russell Hopson of Metropolis; one sister, Jan Hopson Vance of Roswell, Ga.; and his beloved dachshunds, Coco, Bonnie and Rhett.
He was preceded by the passing of his mother, Marilyn Martin Hopson of Metropolis.
Funeral service was held Friday at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Metropolis with Rev. Mark Dunn and Rev. Dan Whitfield officiating. Burial followed at Metropolis Memorial Gardens.
Miller Funeral Home in Metropolis was in charge of local arrangements. Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements in Augusta.