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Dorothy Hopson

January 16, 1943 — January 24, 2024

Camden, Arkansas

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

Revelations 21:1-4

Dorothy Payne Hopson was born on January 16, 1943, to Adolph Payne and Birda Mae Gordon Payne in Camden, Arkansas. She united with Mt. Gillard Missionary Baptist Church at a very early age. She started as an usher at the age of 9 and has remained faithful to her duties until her departure of her life. Dorothy was a member of the BPW woman organization and president of the usher board for several years until her illness took over. Dorothy attended AM&N College in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, which is now known as the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. On February 17, 2001, she married Arlea Hopson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Adolph Payne and Birda Mae Gordon Payne; husband, Arlea Hopson; and brother Vanco Payne.

She leaves to cherish her loving memories with her daughter, Keishia McCauley of Camden, AR; 2 sisters, Effie (Ralph) Pace of Milwaukee, WI; Bertha (Frank) McDonald of Ft. Gibson, OK; 3 brothers, Adolphus Payne of Oklahoma City, OK; Carl Payne of Camden, AR; Shelby Payne of Texas; 2 grandchildren, JaQualen K. Williams, KaShaad Williams; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members, friends, and the Mt. Gillard Missionary Baptist Church family.

Submitted by the family.


Public visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2024, at Williams Funeral Home Van Buren. A celebration of her life will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Mt. Gillard Missionary Baptist Church in Camden, Arkansas, with Rev. Anthony Thompson, eulogist. The interment will be at Patton Cemetery in Camden, Arkansas.

JaQualen K. Williams, KaShaad Williams, Bertrand Johnson, Shelby Payne, Terry Wade, Andrea Davis, and Carl Payne will serve as active pallbearers.

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Friday, February 9, 2024

12:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Williams Funeral Home Van Buren

119 Van Buren St, Camden, AR 71701

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Mt. Gillard Missionary Baptist Church

112 Ouachita 395 Rd., Camden, AR 71701

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