Joseph Rayvon Hopkins

08/16/2011 3:58 PM |

Joseph Rayvon Hopkins of Riverhead, known as “Nip,” died Aug. 11 at the age of 55.

He was born June 1, 1956, in Yeastsville, N.C., to Hazel Marie Hopkins and Willie Edward Becton. He attended Pantego High School in North Carolina and moved to Long Island when he was 19.

Mr. Hopkins was a laborer at the Karlin Farm in Calverton and also worked for Steve Stanley doing driveway maintenance.

He was a devoted father and loving mate, according to family members, and enjoyed fishing, gardening, watching television and playing scratch-offs. He loved taking care of the family dog, Ice, they said, and was kind to everyone and always willing to lend a helping hand.

Mr. Hopkins is survived by his companion of 33 years, Barbara Weston; five sons, Dwayne, Tremayne, Jermaine, Larmaine and Romaine, all of Riverhead; three brothers, Willie Hopkins of Riverhead and Richard and Charles Becton, both of Greenville, N.C.; four sisters, Gina Bonner, Vicky Smith and Virginia Becton, all of Greenville, and Sandra Sherrod of Los Angeles, Calif.; and 20 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Melvin Ebron and his sister Peggy Whitley.

Viewing and services took place Aug. 16 at Galilee Church of God in Christ in Riverhead, with Dr. Roy Pennon Sr. and Dr. Byron Preston officiating. Interment was at Riverhead Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Seay Memorial Chapel in Riverhead.