James Hopper Memorial Scholarship
1969 – 1987
James Pernell Hopper was born on August 30, 1969 to Loyd and Edwina Hopper. James attended school at Talpa-Centennial (which later became part of Panther Creek I.S.D.). He participated in sports, particularly football, basketball, and track throughout elementary, junior high, and high school and received All-State Alternate in football his senior year. He was also involved in U.I.L. One Act plays where he received “Honorable Mention All-Star Cast” as a sophomore. He was an active member of 4-H for seven years, participating in several projects including trapshooting, in which he earned many awards.
James was very involved in Future Farmers of America, where he was named “Star Greenhand.” He also contributed to the civic life in his community. He served as a member of the Coleman Junior Chamber of Commerce for three years during high school and was an active member of the Valera Baptist Church.
In short, James was a kind- hearted young man who was well liked by his classmates and peers. He thought of others before himself and lived life to the fullest. Who he was and what he accomplished greatly enriched his family and friends.
His memory lives on through the James Hopper Memorial Scholarship.