Source: North Manchester Journal, March 13, 1913

Obituary: Lloyd Hopkins (1862-1913)

A shadow of gloom will fall upon the family of Journal readers when the news comes to them that Lloyd Hopkins, for many years one of the publishers of the paper, has answered his last call, and that he passed away at his home in this city a few minutes before six o'clock Monday morning. He had been in ill health for a considerable length of time, suffering from kidney trouble, and three weeks before his death he went to Martinsville, hoping that treatment would benefit him. It was found there that the disease had reached an acute stage, and he returned to this city, arriving at his home Monday evening, one week before his death. From that time his condition was serious, and he was under the care of a skilled nurse, while everything possible was done for him by his sister and daughter, his condition gradually grew worse until shortly after midnight on Monday morning when he passed into a comatose condition, and quietly breathed his last at fifteen minutes until six.

The funeral was conducted at the family residence Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. J.M. Haines, of the Methodist church, officiating. The burial was in Oak Lawn cemetery. The pall bearers were M.F. Adams, A.I. Urschel, J.W. Warvel, John B. Lockwood, Ernest Ebbinghouse and W.E. Billings.

For many years Mr. Hopkins has had a part in the life of North Manchester, and in the home lives of the people who were served by the Journal. He has written much of the history of the town. He has told of your sorrows, your joys, and your ambitions. he has rejoiced with you in your successes, has grieved with you in your sorrows and has condoned the occasional fault. No man knows the inner life of a community better than a newspaper man. The man who gathers the tangled and twisted threads of life together and weaves them into a fabric of home history of one big local family, helping and encouraging here mildly correcting there, all the time hopeful, helpful and inspiring by printed words the best there is in his readers has done more for the home life of his community than is often credited to him.

For Mr. Hopkins the call has come. He has gone from a life in which he did not seek to shirk a burden. For him "thirty" has been sounded. The forms have been closed, and the volume of his life's work is completed.

Lloyd Hopkins was born in Whitley county, Indiana, June 13, 1862, and died March 10, 1913, aged 50 years, 8 months and 27 days. With his parents he moved to this city in 1873. He attended DePauw university at Greencastle, and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. About 1882, his father, S.V. Hopkins, acquiring the ownership of the North Manchester Journal, the son became associated with him in the publication of the paper, and continued in that work until called by Death. He was married to Miss Jessie Johnson in 1889, and two children were born to them; one Miss June Hopkins, a well respected and able teacher in the city schools, and James Hopkins, who has for a number of years made his home with J.L. Clark and wife, Mrs Clark being his mother's sister. Mr. Hopkins was a member of the Masonic, the Knights of Pythias, and the Modern Woodmen orders. He leaves besides his two children, one sister, Miss Addie Hopkins, who with his daughter and himself has constituted the resident family for a number of years.