The Norman Transcript


July 13, 2014

Harry Henry Hopkins

NORMAN — Harry Henry Hopkins was born Jan. 21, 1931, to Clarence Isaac “Jack” Hopkins and Martha Luvicie “Vicie” Hopkins, in Dibble. God sent His Angel to bring Harry to his eternal home. He passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014.

Harry graduated from Dibble High School as President of his class in 1948. Harry was church pianist at the Free Will Baptist church in Dibble, playing for revivals, weddings and funerals during his high school years.

He married Nina Brightwell, the love of his life since junior high school, on June 10, 1948. The next year, Harry was recruited by Magnolia Oil Company in Abeline, Texas, where he and Nina lived for four years. Their son, Neil, was born there.

They moved back to Oklahoma for Harry to complete his education. While Harry was at OU, Carl Jack and Anita were born. Harry worked for Harper Oil for a few years before joining Norman Municipal Hospital, now Norman Regional Hospital. During this time, Harry earned a degree in hospital administration from Oklahoma Baptist University. Their fourth child, Paul David, was born during his early years at the hospital.

Harry served two terms as president of Oklahoma Hospital Financial Managers Association and two terms as president of the Hospital Public Relations committee for the state of Oklahoma. Harry was appointed by Gov. George Nigh in 1970 to the Selective Service State Board of Oklahoma where he served for 10 years. Harry served as general chairman of the American Red Cross in Norman for one year. Harry served on the Norman Board of Public Safety for two terms and as president for two years. He was a member of the board of directors for the American Heart Association and also served on the board of directors for the American Cancer Society of Cleveland County and as chairman for one term.

From the hospital, where he worked for Dick Luttrell for 25 years, Harry took a job as administrator of Medicenter-Health South Rehabilitation Hospital for several years until the Symcox family offered Harry to join them as the auditor of City National Bank and First Fidelity Bank. He worked for three generations of the family, Raymond, Don and Phil, and Lee. He always talked about their being men of high integrity.

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