Betty Jean Stokes Hopkins, affectionately known as “Jean” was born on February 9, 1953 in Martin County, North Carolina. On June 4, 2019 on a sunny day she transcended this life to return to her heavenly home. She loved easily and was easily loved by many.
Betty was the second of nine children born to Arlander and Charlotte Stokes. At an early age, Betty embarked on her spiritual journey when Smithwick Chapel Church in Williamston North Carolina. Betty received her early education from EJ Hayes School graduating from Bear Grass High School upon the integration of schools. She then pursued a degree at Beaufort Community College where she received a degree in Nursing. Betty’s professional career as a Nurse began at Martin General Hospital. She then moved to Greenville North Carolina where she worked for many years at Pitt Memorial Hospital (Vidant) before moving on to Atlanta at Emory University Hospital and retiring. Betty was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and loyal friend to those who gained her respect. Her loving, genuine and giving spirit will be dearly missed by all who had the distinct opportunity to know her.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a younger brother, Paul Wayne Stokes.
She leaves to cherish her memories: one daughter, Chesna Hopkins (Maurice) and five grandchildren,; Jaelyn, Justin, Antonio (AJ), Ezeikiel and Deja Aniyah, all of Greenville. Her long-term partner Mark Trammell, of Atlanta Georgia, for more than 20 years, was by her side until her transition.
Additionally, she leaves to cherish her wonderful memories are: four brothers, Larry (Shirley) Stokes, Merry Hill, NC, Randy (Veronica) Stokes of Greenville NC, Rodney (Ophelia) Stokes Seattle Washington, and Danny Stokes of Greenville. Three sisters, Barbara(Nathaniel) Houston, TX, Brenda Biggs (William) Clayton, and Paula Dance, Greenville NC. She also leaves to behind a host of nieces, nephews, dear friends and other relatives.
Betty was a joy to know and anyone who crossed her path quickly realized that. Betty leaves many legacies to her credit however, her calm sweet spirit shall remain as the highlight of her life of those she crossed paths with. She will be dearly missed.
Rest on sweet mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, and most importantly friend to all. Rest well.
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