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Roger G. Hopper

Roger G. Hopper

Roger Gaylord Hopper, 84, of Urbanna, a former Commonwealth’s Attorney of Middlesex County, and Board Member of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, died on Saturday, April 13, 2019. He was born in Culpeper on February 8, 1935 to Mr. and Mrs. Marion R. Hopper of Richmond. He held a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and an LLB from the T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond. He practiced law in Saluda for over 50 years.

Mr. Hopper successfully tried numerous cases before the Supreme Court of Virginia, and in United States District Courts, and many riparian rights cases in Circuit Court in Tidewater Virginia. Various of these cases involved walks through Colonial history and the laws of England that governed the Colony of Virginia prior to the Declaration of Independence. In addition to the Virginia State Bar, he was a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court and a past president of the Middle Peninsula Bar Association. He belonged to the Commonwealth Club, Sons of the Revolution and was a proud member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He was a communicant and a founding member of All Saints Anglican Church in Saluda and belonged to Donovan Lodge No. 75 A.F. & A.M. of Deltaville.

Mr. Hopper was a longtime choir director at Christ Church in Middlesex during which time he composed a service mass which was twice performed by the choir. He also sang in the Richmond Symphony Chorus, and in the Chorus of Alumni & Friends of the University of Richmond. He was an active member of the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society, both of London, and was an amateur pianist.

Mr. Hopper is survived by his beloved wife of 58 wonderful years, Helen Ellicott Hill Hopper, whom he married at Philippi Christian Church in Deltaville on a hot August 20, 1960 day; and by their four sons, Christopher Gaylord Hopper of Fredericksburg, Joseph Ellicott Hill Hopper (wife Cynthia) of Midlothian, John Marion Hopper (wife Laura) of Richmond, and Roger Nelson Hopper (wife Lauren) of Hudson, Ohio; 12 Hopper grandchildren, John Duke, Christopher McLean, Laura-Taylor, Caroline Ellicott, Virginia Gaylord, Margaret Elizabeth, Smith Harrow, John Farinholt, Sarah Hill, Shirley Tyndall, Thomas Brockway, and Peter Marion; and sister-in-law, Margaret Hill Brown of West Point.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, April 19, at Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at All Saints Anglican Church, Saluda. The burial will follow at Harmony Grove Baptist Church, Topping.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jacob’s Ladder Inc., P.O. Box 555, Urbanna, VA 23175.

posted 04.17.2019

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