October 3, 1927 - June 15, 2020
Edna Lois Cole Hopson, more affectionately known as Granny by all those who loved her, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Monday, June 15, 2020, at the age of 92. She passed away peacefully at her home in Mound surrounded by her six children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family.
A celebration of life service was held at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2020, at White Mound Baptist Church with a reception following at Granny’s house on Hopson Hill.
Granny was born on Oct. 3, 1927, to Felix Royl and Sarah Elizabeth “Sallie” Rose Cole of Flat. She was one of eleven children with whom she remained close throughout her life.
She attended Mound School through the eighth grade and was a 1945 graduate of Gatesville High School. It was during this time that she first caught the eye of a young man named Truett Hopson. After graduation she moved to Austin to attend Durham’s Business College. She lived near the capitol where she worked with a real estate company and played on the American Legion softball team. Truett later followed her there and did what he could to convince her they belonged together. Thankfully, she finally saw things his way and the two were married on Nov. 24, 1946. Truett and Lois raised six children together in a home that taught hard work, honesty, integrity, and love for the Lord. As the years went on, six children multiplied to eighteen grandchildren which quickly led to twenty-five great-grandchildren, all of whom were cherished and loved and are certain they are “the favorite.”
Granny was cherished, appreciated and loved by all who knew her; humbly discounting the impact she had on so many lives. She was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and most of all a friend. She never met a stranger and welcomed everyone with a big smile and a warm meal. Her home was a safe place for many and she always made room to squeeze in one more chair around the table and open another can of beans when an extra friend showed up. She also wasn’t afraid to get after those same friends if they got out of line.
Cancer tried to take her for the first time in 1992, but it was no match for her strength and tenacity. No matter how hopeless things seemed to her loved ones, Granny knew that it was not her time to go. Throughout the years, she defeated five different types of cancer and the doctor’s acknowledged that there was no medical explanation for her survival. Each time her family prepared to say their goodbyes, she assured them she would go when she was good and ready. On the morning of June 15, 2020, she woke up and informed her family that she was ready to go home to Heaven where Papa was waiting on her. It turns out that God and Granny had the same timing all along.
Her family rejoices in the fact that she is once again reunited with the love of her life. To quote Papa Truett in a letter he wrote to Granny in 1946, “As in a portion of the song, “The Gypsy,” I want to believe that my love is true and will come back to me some day.”
Granny was preceded in death by her husband, James Truett Hopson and her granddaughter, Julie Ann Hopson. She is survived by her children Margaret Jo Hopson, Nancy Lois Dixon and husband, Kenneth, David Truett Hopson and wife, Pam, Frank James Hopson and wife, Susie, Barbara Sue Hopson and Loyd Sedwick Hopson and wife Kari; Grandchildren, Daniel Truett Wood, Lizzi Wood-Howell, Angie Marie Wood Cupps, Sara Jo Dixon Poynter and husband, Chad, Kari Dixon Belt and husband, Brandon, Holly Dixon Pullen and husband, Kyle, Jeb Caley Dixon and wife, Desiree, Kelli Ann Hopson McPherson and husband, Mark, Amanda Kay Hopson Long and husband, Zach, Paul Stephen Hopson and wife, Rachel, Summer Dooley McClellan and husband, Kyle, McKenzie Lois Hopson and fiancé, Zach David, Hugo Quintero, Pedro Quintero, Kennedie Lynn Hyde, Tristan James Hopson and Katie Sue Hopson; Great-grandchildren, DaniJo Angelizce Wood, Graham Jon Allan Howell, Abigail Marie Cupps, Emily Elizabeth Cupps; Jaryn Cole Poynter, Lyndi Nicole Poynter, Samuel Truett Belt, Charles Robert Belt, Thomas Allen Belt, Josh McBee, Ruby Caroline Pullen, Truett Rose Pullen, Jacklyn Pearl Pullen, Julia Kay Dixon, Brooke Natalie Dixon, Reese Kelly Dixon; Kinsley Elizabeth McPherson, Anna Grace McPherson, Allie Faith McPherson, Aubree Ann Long, Olivia Lois Long, Noah Truett Hopson, Benjamin Travis Hopson; Lillian Belle McClellan, Max Ryan McClellan and Isabella Hazel Quintero. Her sisters, Sarah Pauline “Polly” Cole Drever and Bobbie Louise Cole Milner, dear family friend Cheryl Lee Ford as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends who she considered family.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to White Mound Baptist Church, where Granny was an active member and served as women’s director, GA’s leader, VBS director and a Godly example to all who knew her. Memorials can be mailed to:
White Mound Baptist Church
PO Box 103
Mound, TX 76558