James Ogden Hopkins, Jr.

December 1, 1937 - October 11, 2021
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Sunset View Mortuary
Roger Soe
Karen Lewis
Kelley Noelle
Myra Ramirez-Levan
Myra Ramirez-Levan
Linda Van Rooy
Rod Spadavecchia
Crystal Dansby
Anne Martin
Susan Giddens


James Ogden Hopkins Jr., age 83 of Berkeley, California and a native of Galveston, Texas, peacefully entered into rest on October 11, 2021.

James was the oldest child born to James and Margaret (Maggie) Hopkins, who preceded him in death. James is survived by his wife Melinda Hopkins, sisters: Jeanette Ingram and Sharon Lyles, daughters: Debra, Yvette, Kelley, Angela, and Danielle, sons: Daryl and John, and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

James, also known as Jim, Jimmy, Bubbie, Pappa Jim, Pop, and Uncle Jimmy to the people who knew and loved him, moved with his family to Alameda, California where he graduated from Encinal High School. After high school James worked his way up to become a Gas Engineer for PG&E, where he worked for over 50 years. While at PG&E James was involved in numerous programs and activities, including blood drives, company picnics, and golf tournaments, and earned his spot in the Quarter Century Club. James was the patriarch of the family, an inspirational mentor and friend to everyone who knew him. He was known for his fine culinary skills, infectious laugh, great wisdom, direct advice, and a loving and compassionate heart. Once you were brought into the home of James Hopkins, you were family. To know him is to love him.

James was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend that will be truly missed.

Due to COVID restrictions there will be a private memorial service.

Family and friends are invited to the Hopkins home at 2333 McGee Ave, Berkeley, California 94703 on October 23rd to share memories and a luncheon from 1:00-6:00pm.

Everyone (no restrictions) is invited to attend the burial service on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 1:00pm at Sunset View Cemetery and then back to the Hopkins home afterwards for coffee and dessert.

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Service Schedule

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, October 25, 2021

Time: 1:00 pm

Sunset View Cemetery Association


101 Colusa Avenue, El Cerrito, CA, 94530

Memorial Information

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021

Time: 11:00 am

Time: Oct 23, 2021 11:00 am
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Born: December 1, 1937
Died: October 11, 2021

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Catherine Alexander posted on 10/24/21

Pop I will forever miss you. It pains me to know that you are no longer here physically however I’m relieved to know that spiritually you are here and no longer in pain. I know that you are watching over us all. I couldn’t say goodbye to you before but it’s never really “goodbye” it is I will see you again. I love you very much Pop, I will instill every single life lesson that you taught me into my children or children that are in my life. You were an amazing man in my life I am very grateful to have you in my life for all of my 32 years.


Roger Soe posted on 10/23/21

My sympathy to Melinda's and Jim's family. I am sorry to hear news of Jim passing. RIP Jimmy 🙏


Roger Soe posted on 10/23/21

In memory of James Ogden Hopkins, Jr., Roger Soe lit a candle


Roger Soe posted on 10/23/21

My sympathy to Melinda and Jim's family. I am sorry to hear the news of Jim passing. God bless.


Karen Lewis posted on 10/23/21

RIP Jimmy


Chris Dillon posted on 10/23/21

 Jimmy, Your life was a blessing your memory a treasure... You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure... Thank you for Your smile and laugh, it will always be treasured. Peace to you and your loving family and friends. You’re in a better place.


Kelley Noelle posted on 10/22/21

Grateful for the 55 years I had with you! Thank you for EVERYTHING!! Maaaaannn, you set the bar pretty damn high! The last of the OG’s💔💔😢😞💔💔💔💔🙏🏽🙏🏽


Jim Wolf posted on 10/17/21

Our sympathy to Melinda and all Jim's family. As his neighbor, I always admired him, his cheerful attitude and his family coming in and out of his home to visit. He always had a bright smile and hello. We will miss him.


Jeanette Ingram posted on 10/15/21

Brother dear I will really miss you I'll miss our Sunday talks the best brother in the world has left the building


sherman and Beatrice lee posted on 10/15/21

Jimmy, you have completed your early course and now have fallen asleep in death. Jehovah, our god, promises that one day he will awaken all those asleep in death and death will be no more. Until that day, May Jehovah, the god of comfort, bring comfort to you family and friends


Jeanette Ingram posted on 10/15/21

Beat the drums and sound the trumpets a great brother has left the building love you brother dear see you on the other side


Myra Ramirez-Levan posted on 10/15/21

In memory of James Ogden Hopkins, Jr., Myra Ramirez-Levan lit a candle


Myra Ramirez-Levan posted on 10/15/21

Jimmy you are always alive my heart. I am so grateful for the time I got to spend with you in this lifetime. You are the Pillar of what a true Father is. You Shared your Love inclusively with all and made me feel I was a part of such a marvelous family! May you always continue to shine as you transition to your next life. Thank you for all you have shared with me & my family! Love & Light forever!


Linda Van Rooy posted on 10/15/21

He was a very special person and always will be. He had such an infectious laugh. Peace be with you and your family in this time of sadness.


Rod Spadavecchia posted on 10/15/21

Jim may you Rest In Peace you truly were a great man. Condolences to Jim’s family.


James W. and Roy Valley-Thomas posted on 10/14/21

Our prayers, condolences and deepest sympathies to each of you in the passing of one who will be truly missed but forever loved and remembered.


Crystal Dansby posted on 10/14/21

Love you Uncle Bubby Rest Well


Anne Martin posted on 10/14/21

In memory of James Ogden Hopkins, Jr., Anne Martin lit a candle


Anne Martin posted on 10/14/21

From a PG&E family (retired), we offer our deep condolences. You described a wonderful man that loved his family and was loved so much in return! 50 years!! He must have done his job so well! So sorry for your loss. 🙏✝️


Daniel O'Connell posted on 10/13/21

My condolences to his wonderful family and extended family and friends. I was fortunate enough to know Jim through working at Local 20 and all my almost 24 years there he was always a highlight to see him walk through those doors at our many annual meetings. He is and will be sorely missed. They just dont make them like that anymore. My deepest sympathy


Susan Giddens posted on 10/13/21

In memory of James Ogden Hopkins, Jr., Susan Giddens lit a candle


SHARON Michelle LYLES posted on 10/13/21

Ima miss u uncle


Laurie Mellema Haun posted on 10/13/21

From the deepest part of my heart and soul, I wish and send you all peace of heart & mind, strength & courage through the loss of a great man. He was such an inspiration to me. You all are. For every time I walked through Chicki & Jimmy’s door, to meeting for brunch, every time we trick or treated or got together for a game or a fight on TV, always felt the love and the grace of being around y’all. Know that he is ok now and you will see him again, just not yet. He is in every one of you, your memories of him keep him close to you all, forever,…. Until you see him again. Let his love for each of you, embrace and keep you all whole, through this hard time and beyond. Until I can see you all again, I’m stretching my arms and heart to ya from up here in the trees to hug you all, til I can do it in person! Something I have found to bring me some comfort: “Look up at the stars at night. For they are not all stars. They are porch lights awaiting our loved ones to come home, once again”. Love Laurie & Family


Ethel Woods posted on 10/13/21

We. Will all miss him. His energy and his smile. Sending prayers for your strength and peace.


Kevin Sinclair posted on 10/13/21

So sorry to hear about his passing. Jimmy was such a good person, and so friendly to everyone. He will be missed!