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Fred Roy Hopper

Fred Roy Hopper, age 75, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, January 18, 2024, at his home.

He was born January 24, 1948, in Mena, Arkansas, to Toy Hopper and Lala Roberts Hopper. Fred worked in the woods logging during his earlier years finishing his career as a factory worker at Aalf Manufacturing. He was in the United States Marine Corps serving his country in the Vietnam War. Fred enjoyed hunting, fishing, and taking his dog Boy around the lake for a drive. He took pride in his garden and could almost always be seen sporting his straw hat.  You could say that he was somewhat of an outdoorsman. However, he could also be found on a cold winter’s day reading a good book in front of his fireplace. Fred was a loving father, grandfather, brother and friend. He will be greatly missed.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Toy and Lala Hopper and his brother, Billy Hopper; son-in-law, Byron Sherman.

He is survived by the love of his life, Cecilia Santos; daughters, Cathy Davis and husband Kenny, Debbie Sherman, and Ann Frachiseur and husband Chris; grandchildren, Kendra Davis and husband Sheldon, Danielle Harbin and husband Jesse, Coy Frachiseur and wife Ava, Imelda Martinelli and husband Josh, Rachel Hicks and husband Woody, and Betito Rodriguez and wife Andreina. Also surviving him are several great-grandchildren and his sisters, Kay Sprague, Mary Janway and husband Gary Don; sister-in-law, Renee Hopper; numerous nieces and nephew and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services for Fred will be Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. with Brother Troy Denton officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas, under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. Pallbearers are Tim Hopper, Jeff Janway, Jimmy Janway, Sheldon Davis, Coy Frachiseur, Chris Frachiseur, and Kenny Davis.

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