Jack Hopper Obituary

Date of Birth:

Sunday, February 24th, 1935

Date of Death:

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Funeral Home:

K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center
322 Nisbet St., N.W.
Jacksonville, Alabama, UNITED STATES
36265-1026

Obituary:

Jacksonville"Memorial services for Jack Hopper, 72, will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Theron Montgomery Building, 3rd floor Auditorium, on the JSU campus, with Dr. William A. Meehan, Rudy Abbott, Jim Bennett and Buddy Nelson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service. K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center Chapel will be in charge of arrangements. Mr. Hopper died Tuesday at Jacksonville Medical Center. He is survived by his two sons, Mike Hopper and his wife Kelly, of Birmingham, AL and Mark Hopper of Anniston, AL; his grandsons, David and Tyler Hopper and one granddaughter, Morgan Hopper. Honorary pallbearers will be the JSU Board of Trustees, past and present, JSU Presidents, past and present, Rudy Abbott, Jerry Cole, Tim Garner, Randy Woodrow, Julian Jenkins, Charles Mathews, Don Thacker, Opel Lovett, Clemit Spruiell and Bascom Woodward. Dr. Houston Cole named Mr. Jack Hopper as Jacksonville State University’s director of public relations on September 1, 1966. Before joining JSU, Mr. Hopper served several years as a political reporter and staff writer for the Birmingham News. Mr. Hopper served in a full-time capacity under four JSU presidents, Dr. Houston Cole, Dr. Ernest Stone, Dr. Theron Montgomery, Dr. Harold J. McGee, and witnessed the university’s growth from Jacksonville State College to Jacksonville State University. During his more than 32 years at JSU, Mr. Hopper wore several hats: university lobbyist, athletic director, Head of student recruiting, advisor to the Chanticleer and Mimosa, and a leader of the university’s first fund-raising office. Mr. Hopper was promoted to vice president of institutional advancement on December 1, 1985, and served in that capacity until his retirement on May 31, 1998. He was awarded the title of vice president Emeritus November 6, 2006, and continued to serve JSU in the area of governmental affairs. Mr. Hopper was a member of several fraternal affiliations including the Committee for Advancement of Higher Education, Sigma Delta Chi (Professional Journalism Society), Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity, Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, Alabama Film Commission, the JSU Alumni Association and the Gamecock Club. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice Biddle Hopper. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the JSU Foundation or the American Heart Association, 1449 Medical Park Drive, Birmingham, AL, 35213 or P.O. Box 130909, Birmingham, AL, 35213.

Jack Hopper
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