John Dennis Hopkins, 55, of Sedalia, died Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Bothwell Regional Health Center.
He was born Dec. 6, 1956, in Independence, a son of Alfred Martin “Mike” and Lois Marie Kathrine Schoppenhorst Hopkins.
Dennis graduated from Smith-Cotton High School in 1975. He participated in the high school jazz band, concert band and was an original member of the New Score Show Choir. He went on to study music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. Since graduating from Berklee, Dennis has taught guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, banjo and violin full time at Instrumental Influence. He currently had more than 40 students, ages five to 80. He has also been very active in community theatre, playing in 32 productions at the Liberty Center. He also played in Branson, and with New Score at Disney World in 2000. He and his twin brother, Amos, played throughout the area in their jazz combo.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a mission in Las Vegas, Nev., from 1976 to 1978. He taught primary for six years and loved it, and also enjoyed home teaching.
Surviving are his mother, Lois Hopkins, of Sedalia; two brothers, Norman Hopkins, of South Carolina, and Amos Hopkins, his twin, of Sedalia; two sisters, Susan Richey, of Blue Springs, and Deborah Ann Tomczak, of Michigan; and four nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; and a brother, Ray Hopkins.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Casket bearers will be Nathan Beard, Bobby Sturgill, Cayle Yonce, Dennis Furnell, Don Carr Jr., Danny Cope, Sean Smith and Donald Earl Hopkins.
Burial will be in Highland Sacred Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Heckart Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.
Friends may view tributes to Dennis on Facebook. Condolences may be offered at www.heckartfuneralhome.com.