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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened
3to learn of the death of Cleofus "Bear" Hopkins Sr., who passed
4away on February 11, 2024; and
5    WHEREAS, Cleofus Hopkins was born to Johnnie B. Hopkins
6and Ruthie Mae Downs in Blytheville, Arkansas on August 8,
71953; he attended Donahue Elementary and graduated from
8Oakenwald South Elementary School in 1967 and from Paul
9Laurence Dunbar Vocational High School in 1971; he married
10Desmonia Harris on August 31, 1979; and
11    WHEREAS, Cleofus Hopkins worked as a stationary engineer
12and then manager at Freeport McMoran, retiring on July 1, 2009
13after 22 years of service; and
14    WHEREAS, Cleofus Hopkins committed to his faith at an
15early age and was ordained as a deacon at All Things Are
16Possible Missionary Baptist Church on August 21, 2005; and
17    WHEREAS, Cleofus Hopkins had a passion for old school cars
18and motorcycles and liked to spend time with the Low End
19Riders; he loved to maintain and tinker with his own vehicles
20and could fix anything, earning the nickname Mr. Gadget; he
21enjoyed watching drag racing, western movies, cartoons, and



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1documentaries about animals and listening to music; he was an
2avid fan of the Chicago White Sox and actively rooted for any
3team that played against the Chicago Cubs; and
4    WHEREAS, Cleofus Hopkins led by example and was the glue
5that held his family together; his family meant everything to
6him, and he loved spending time with his grandchildren,
7family, and friends; and
8    WHEREAS, Cleofus Hopkins was preceded in death by his
9parents; his brothers, Wille B. Hopkins, Barry "Cheyenne"
10Hopkins, and Johnny B. Hopkins Jr.; and his sister, Dorothy
11Jean Hopkins; and
12    WHEREAS, Cleofus Hopkins is survived by his wife; his son,
13Cleofus Hopkins Jr.; his grandchildren, DeAndre, Kailah, Zoe,
14and Ryan; his siblings, Johnnie Mae Hopkins, Regina (TJ)
15Ashford, Larry (Sylvia) Hopkins, and Johnnie Hopkins; his
16stepmother, Ruby Hopkins; and his extended family, loved ones,
17and friends; therefore, be it
19ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
20Cleofus "Bear" Hopkins Sr. and extend our sincere condolences
21to his family, friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be
22it further



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1    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
2presented to the family of Cleofus Hopkins as an expression of
3our deepest sympathy.