Stephen Wayne Hopkins

1951 ~ 2024

Stephen Wayne Hopkins, age 73, passed away with his family near on April 25, 2024. He was born April 12, 1951 in Dayton, Kentucky to Harvey Lewis and Ruth Lorraine Hardin Hopkins.

Stephen served as Military Police when enlisted in the United States Army for many years. Following an honorable discharge, he spent much of his working career as a butcher and meat cutter for Kroger grocery stores. He had many passions and hobbies in life. Stephen enjoyed the outdoors and had a great love for hiking and camping. He had a unique love for waterfalls and found great peace in their beautiful sight and sounds. He also enjoyed collecting various coins. His greatest passion in life however was his family whom he loved more than anything.

Stephen is survived by his wife Joyce (Belliveau) Hopkins, son Shawn, daughter Kristy (Robert) Syme, grandchildren Mackenzie Johns and
Finley Syme as well as brothers Michael, John, James and sister Janet Niemer. He was preceded in death by his parents, and grandparents.

Stephens wishes were to be cremated and to have his remains scatted by his family in the mountains he loved so much.


Will remember Steve for the love he shared with my Aunt Joyce. Glad for all the years they had together, can't help but wish there could have been a few more. Condolences to the entire family.

- Johanna Grant

So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, Steve. I remember growing up with Steve, his brothers and sister and all our family gatherings. Hate to hear this news but I am assured that he is at peace! Joyce, you were the sunshine of his life!
Nancy McDermott

- Joyce and family

Such an admirable husband and father. I was lucky enough to know him and Joyce in their early Ak years. We had some great laughs together! As an MP and valiant friend he came to rescue once and I have never forgotten it. He will be sorely missed. With great love their comes great loss. I pray Joyce and the family will feel his presence for many years to come.

- Sandy Young

To the Hopkins family. You have my deepest condolences and prayers all the way from Cincinnati Ohio.

- James Minter

My deepest condolences to all the family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

- Melanie Oldham

Joyce, Shawn & kristy, we are sorry for your loss. Steve was a great person and will be missed by all. Joyce I can’t even imagine a life without my husband, keep his memories in your heart, and let your love help get you through this difficult time. Love you ❤️❤️

- Linda Wood

I miss you Big Brother. LOL The oldest of the boys yet the shortest! They got more of the Reed in them we got the Hopkins. I will always remember your laugh and singing to music. I remember crying because you were drafted with a broken leg. But that is what led you to Joyce and your beautiful family. You fought like Hell through Lymphoma for 20 years with the love of all of them, especially Mackenzie and Finley, and your faith in God. Thank you for helping me with Mom through her passing and the many conversations and words of advice. I am so glad you are now pain free, catching up with family and friends. We here are the ones missing you and broken hearted. We are so blessed as a family to have so many angels looking over us, If you get a few minutes from watching over Joyce and kids, please pop in with me now and then okay? Love and miss you! Love and prayers family!

- Janet Niemer (Hopkins)

Dear Joyce and family,
We are very sorry to learn of Steve's passing. While it's been many years since we've communicated, Linda has always kept me updated on your family.
We have many fun memories of earlier times, especially when we met Steve and the others from Fort Devens.
Let your children, and many other memories carry you through your grief.
With sympathy and love,
Kathy and Huey

- Kathy Colburn