Derrick Roddell Hopkins, Jr., affectionately known as “Boo”, “Lil Derrick” and “Big Man”, was born Sunday, March 8, 1992 to his proud parents, Elizabeth Lawson and the late Derrick Lamont Hopkins, Sr. He departed his earthly life on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia. Derrick at an early age accepted Jesus as his Savior and was baptized with his great grandmother, Carrie Lawson on Easter Sunday at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, Mayesville. He served in varies activities and capacities in the church to include Sunday School, Choir, Usher Ministry, Deacon Union #1 and the Wateree Lower Division Brotherhood. He attended Lakewood High School and was a 2011 graduate. Derrick, while at Lakewood High School, was known for making others laugh and his athletic abilities. He loved sports and played football and basketball his entire middle and high school career. While at Lakewood he represented the #30 jersey. Derrick further his education at Benedict College, where he was pursuing his degree in Business Management. He was a proud Tiger and always attend and support every homecoming game. Derrick was a hard worker and worked for varies companies. He worked for the Honda Plant of Florence, Unifirst and Continental Tires of Sumter. Derrick enjoyed life and was full of energy. In his leisure time he loved family gatherings, making others laugh, traveling, making kool aid drinks, as well as eating. He was a die-hard New England Patriots fan and would always predict the outcome of every game. He was well mannered, humble and always willing to give or receive good advice. His memories will be cherished by: his mother, Elizabeth Lawson; his siblings, Lakeenya Dyer, Rackwon Hopkins and Shiead Jackson; one nephew, Hayden Dyer-Richardson; his grandparents, Betty Jean Lawson, Laurastein (Keith) Thomas and Wardell (Rev. Cynthia) Plowden; uncles, John (Tanya-White) Lawson, Marcus Lawson and Terrance (Keisha) Hopkins; aunts, LaTanya (Fred) Glencamp, Selina Lawson, Warnesish Titus and Shaneen Plowden; special friend, Renee Glover; a host of special cousins, other relatives, family and friends. In accordance with the COVID 19 guidelines, the family is requesting face masks and social distancing be observed by relatives and friends during visitation at the home, 3690 Britton Brogdon Road, Sumter. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p. m., Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church Yard, 126 East Sumter Street, Mayesville with the Rev. Eugene Myers, Pastor, officiating. The procession will leave the home at 1:20 p, m. Burial will be in the Mayesville Cemetery, Mayesville.
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