Christie Renee Johnson Hopper came into the world on November 22, 1982 and those who were touched by her life would never be the same. Her parents Willie Ray and Marcella A. Gentry Johnson knew right away that Christie would one day make a forever lasting impression in this world. As a baby she was active and exploratory; she warmed up easily to anyone and possessed an infectious giggle and smile that would melt any heart.
As a little girl she attended Antoine Church of Christ and attended on a regular basis. She was educated in the Delight Public School District in Delight, Arkansas. In high school she was active with FCCLA, Upward Bound Talent Search, FHA, Girl Scouts and CIA (Christian’s In Action) and 4H. Although Christie went on to receive her GED through the Clark County Adult Education Program in Arkadelphia; she made lasting bonds with the Class of 2001. She was very outgoing and made friends with all races. Christie knew the value and worth of being a true friend. She loved being in the company of family and friends; and was often the center of attention.
Christie loved to sing and was a lover of animals; especially dogs. She loved spending time with children; they were her joy. She enjoyed cooking; green beans and mashed potatoes were her favorite. She was adventurous and loved to try new things. If Christie was ever told she couldn’t do something, she made it her mission to prove them wrong. Her son, JaRhealin was her life and she loved being his mother. She took that role seriously and wanted to make sure that he received all of the love and affection he deserved.
Christie’s death has been swallowed up in Victory. Her life has just begun. She greeted life and its circumstances with a style and grace all her own. In the last season of her life on Thursday, February 9, 2017, Christie was blessed to share her transition with her family. She was preceded in death by her father, Willie Ray Johnson; her son, Jaylen D. Hopper; her paternal grandparents, Willis and Mattie Johnson and her maternal grandparents, Eddies, Sr and Gracie Gentry.
Those left to relish in her memory are: a handsome and loving son, JaRhealin Hopper; her mother, Marcella A. Johnson; sisters, Shaunta (Brian) McClure and Jennifer Johnson all of Arkadelphia, AR; Sharon Walton of Delight, AR, and Glenda Johnson of Little Rock, AR; brothers, Billy Ray (Undra) Johnson of Columbus, SC and Earnest Ray Johnson of Delight, AR. Christi also leaves her nephews, Allante Jones (Desha’la) of Sparkman, AR, De’Shannon Dixon (De’Anna) of Bentonville, AR, Eric Johnson of Columbia, SC, Raymond Jones of Prescott, AR and Dennison Johnson of Arkadelphia, AR; nieces, Shantaysia Walker of Arkadelphia, AR, Dominique Johnson of Delight, AR and A’layah Jones of Arkadelphia, AR; eight aunts, Mary L. (Leotis) Snowden of Delight, AR, Annette Gentry, Maelene Gentry and Gloria (Troy) Avanzato all of Lansing, MI, Mae Sue (Sylvester) Williams of Okolona, AR, Zola Cook of Blytheville, AR; two uncles, Nathan (Michelle) Gentry of Lansing, MI and Harold (Latonya) Gentry of Delight, AR; an abundance of other family, a special friend, Brandi Tyiska and other friends who loved her and added to the richness of her life.