JACQUELINE “JACKIE” HOPKINS ALSTON, daughter of the late Marshel Hopkins and Mariah McWilliams Hopkins, was born on April 27, 1955, in Littleton, North Carolina. She transitioned from this earthly life on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina.
During her early life, “Jackie” accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and joined the Enon Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina, where she was a faithful member and participated in various ministries until she moved away.
“Jackie’s” formal education was received in the Halifax County Public School System, and in 1973, she was a part of the first graduating class from Northwest Halifax High School in Littleton, North Carolina. She then attended North Carolina A &T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina, and majored in Social Work.
“Jackie” became employed as a manager at Crown Petroleum Corporation. She was constantly being recognized and also received numerous accolades for her dedication and strong work ethic. This afforded her the opportunity to be selected as the training manager for her district, and she was respected and admired by her staff, peers, and regional directors for her commitment to excellence. She treated her crew with just as much love and respect as she did her own family members. “Jackie” retired with over twenty years of loyal, faithful service.
In 1968, “Jackie” met the love of her life on “The Dirt Road” (Wagner Street), and she was united in Holy Matrimony to Lockett R. Alston on August 20, 1975. This union was so revered that others marveled at their bond to the point that they were viewed as one person. They were blessed with one child and a half-century of sweet and cherished memories.
“Jackie” had a passion for sharing words of wisdom and encouragement, planning family events, and counseling family members and friends during their life challenges. She was the glue that held the family together through any circumstances. Among her greatest joys were traveling, shopping and couponing with her “Ride or Die” sis, Regina Hopkins. Through her passion for sharing, she earned the title of “Go-to-Lady” for snacks and other food items when traveling with the family. Whatever anyone needed, “Jackie” was always prepared.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Sterling Hopkins, and her brother-in-law, Roosevelt Purnell.
Those left to forever reflect upon the many cherished memories of her life and love are her devoted husband, Lockett R. Alston of the home; her caring daughter, Cecily Alston Armstrong (Terrance) of Wake Forest, NC; her siblings, Marcella Purnell of Richmond, VA, Marshall Hopkins, Marion Louise Hopkins, and Jerry Hopkins (Jeanette) all of Littleton, NC, Wendell Hopkins (Regina) and Angeline Arrington (Timothy) of Greensboro, NC, Roland Hopkins (Mildred) of Ludowici, GA, and Roy Calvin Hopkins (Teresa) of Powder Springs, GA; her mother-in-law, Mary F. Burgess of Littleton, NC; her sisters-in-law, Josephine Brown (Eddie) and Pamela Richardson all of Littleton, NC, Blanche Alston of Riverside, CA, Jeannie Alston of Raleigh, NC, and Willie Mae Alston of Roanoke Rapids, NC; her brothers-in-law, Dwight Royster of Littleton, NC, and Nathan Royster of Fuquay Varina, NC; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Her kind deeds will never be forgotten, and she will be forever remembered as loving and nurturing, A treasured gem has taken wings and journeyed to her Heavenly home.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 21, 2019, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home, 215 US Highway 158, Littleton, NC. Rev. Milton R. Solomon, Jr. will deliver the eulogy, and burial will follow in the Hopkins Family Cemetery, Bowers Road, Littleton, NC. The body will repose from 1:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, and for one hour prior to the funeral time.