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Obituary: Faye Smith Hopper, Russell Springs, KY

She attended Lindsey Wilson College, and was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky Teachers College and the University of Kentucky. She had a 37 year career in education which began in a one-room school in Russell Co., KY. She was the matriarch of a large, distinguished family. She was a member of the Russell Springs United Methodist Church

Faye Smith Hopper, departed this life on January 26, 2011, at Russell Springs, KY.
The funeral service will be at 2pmCT, Sunday, January 30, at Bernard Funeral Home, 367 Main ST, Russell Springs, KY with Bro. Jim Kingry officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5pm-9pmCT, Saturday, January 29, 2011, at the Bernard Funeral Home.

Pallbearers: Jonathan Adams, Matthew Carmichael, Brent Cherry, John Dando, Trevor Smith, and Jason Redmon. Honorary pallbearers are her nieces and nephews.

Faye Smith Hopper, Russell Co., KY (1923-2011)

Faye Smith Hopper, the daughter of Ira Cleveland and Mae Hulda Smith, was born May 10, 1923, in Lula, KY, and departed this life on January 26, 2011, at Russell Springs, KY.

She attended Lindsey Wilson College and graduated from Eastern Kentucky Teachers College with a Bachelor of Arts and the University of Kentucky with a Master of Arts.

She began her 37 year career as an educator in a one room schoolhouse in Russell Co., KY. She also taught in Fayette Co., KY; St. Louis, MO; and ended her career in the Clark Co., KY school system as a Child Guidance Specialist.

She served as State President of Alpha Gamma State (Kentucky) of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an international honorary society of key women educators.

After retirement, she and her husband divided their time between residences in WInchester, KY, and Russell Springs, KY.She was preceded in death by her parents, Ira Cleveland and Mae Hulda Smith; brother George Vance Smith, and first husband, Eugene.

She is survived by her husband, David Cameron Hopper, and the following:
  • Two children: Pamela Smith Adams (Judge John Adams) of Lexington, KY, and Gene Vance Smith (Connie Lawless Smith) of Russell Springs, KY

  • Six grandchildren: Jonathan Edward Adams (Jamie Etherton Adams, Lexington, KY; Rebecca Adams Carmichael (Matthew Carmichael), Nicholasville, KY; Allison Smith Cherry, MD (Brent Cherry, MD), Somerset, KY; Heather Smith Dando (John Patrick Dando, Russell Springs, KY; Trevor Smith,Russell Springs, KY; and Megan Smith Redmon (Jason Redmon), Russell Springs, KY

  • Nine great grandchildren: Krista D. Smith, John William Dando, Mia Smith Dando, Evan Smith Cherry, Ellen Ann Cherry, Joe Brent Cherry, Liza Mae Redmon, Ava Rose Carmichael, and Cash William Carmichael

  • One brother: Guy Meadows Smith, Boulder, CO

  • Brother and sister in laws: Kathleen Smith, Lewis and Barbara Hopper, Betty and Dale Lunsford, and Mila Hopper

  • A host of nieces and nephews

  • A loving care-giver: Mayrene Tucker
Fay Smith Hopper was a member of the Russell Springs United Methodist Church.

The family requests that donations in her memory be made to the Russell Springs United Methodist CHurch, P.O. Box 291, Russell Springs, KY 42642; The Fairview Baptist Church Church Cemetery, Fairview Church Road, Russell Springs, KY; or to the Grant-in-Aid Scholarship Fund, Omicron Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, 3046 Montavesta RD, Lexington, KY 40502. Donations can be left at Bernard Funeral Home, 367 Main ST, Russell Springs, KY.

Bernard Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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