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Family of Effie Jane PENDERGRASS (115) & Allen Priestly HOPPER

262. Lois Melissa HOPPER. Born on 7 Dec 1907 in Cedar Grove, Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 86, Lois Melissa died in Decatur, Alabama on 2 Apr 1994. Buried on 6 Apr 1994 in Hollywood Cemetery, Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee. Occupation: Teacher.

On 10 Jun 1933 when Lois Melissa was 25, she married Joseph Elbert ARNOLD, son of James ARNOLD & Geneva COTHAM, in Huntingdon, Carroll County, Tennessee. Born on 22 Jan 1906 in Lexington, Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 67, Joseph Elbert died in Decatur, Alabama on 17 Apr 1973. Buried in Apr 1973 in Hollywood Cemetery, Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee. Occupation: Teacher.

They had the following children:
i. Mary Jane. Born on 24 Oct 1942 in Bruceton, Carroll County, Tennessee.

On 30 Dec 1959 when Mary Jane was 17, she first married Russell Wilson LYNNE Junior. Born on 23 Jan 1941 in Decatur, Alabama.

On 7 Jun 1968 when Mary Jane was 25, she second married Philip Arnold DRAPER, in Natchez Trace, Alabama. Born on 9 Jul 1944 in Waterbury, Connecticut.

ii. Ida Elizabeth. Born on 10 Jun 1944.

On 15 Apr 1971 when Ida Elizabeth was 26, she married William Donohan RIELEY, in Woodstock, New York. Born on 16 Jul 1946.

263. Letha Lillian HOPPER. Born on 2 Oct 1909. At the age of 75, Letha Lillian died on 20 Dec 1984. Buried in Dec 1984 in New Liberty Church Cemetery, Carroll County, Tennessee.

Letha Lillian married Fred R. DINKINS. Born on 1 Dec 1903.

They had one child:
i. James Allen.

264. Aaron Clyde HOPPER. Born on 28 Jan 1918 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 81, Aaron Clyde died in Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee on 11 Jan 2000. Buried in Jan 2000 in Ridgecrest Cemetery, Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee.

Obituary: Aaron Clyde Hopper, 91, of Jackson, son of Allen Priestly Hopper and Effie Jane Pendergrass Hopper, died Tuesday, January 11, at Jackson-Madison County Hospital of pneumonia. Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 13, at the First Baptist Church of Jackson with Dr. Chuck Frazier officiating. Burial followed in Jackson Ridgecrest Cemetery with full military rites. Born in Carroll County, Mr. Hopper grew up in rural surroundings, the son of a mail carrier. After graduating from Clarksburg High School, he attended West Tennessee Business College and worked for TVA before joining the Army in 1941. He served in the Japanese sector of the war. He fought desperately at the Battle of Bataan. When Bataan fell on April 9th, Mr. Hopper and a comrade escaped the brutal death march by swimming ten hours in the cold shark and mine infested waters, making a buoy of empty five gallon gas cans and a hospital stretcher. They, finally, made it to Corregidor, joining the efforts there to thwart the Japanese attack. Despite the brave defense by the American forces, the Philippines fell in May. Mr. Hopper, along with all his comrades, were taken prisoner by the Japanese. The horror of captivity began. Many, many Americans died of starvation, brutal physical treatment and diseases. Mr. Hopper was captive almost three and one-half years, lost over one hundred pounds, and suffered from many diseases, such as dysentery. The war ended the latter part of August, 1945, and he started the long journey back to America and freedom. Back in the States, he was hospitalized for weeks before he was even able to see his family again. He was a member of First Baptist Church, the World War II Ex-Prisoners of War, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Masons. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Dorothy Simpson Hopper; a son, Dr. Don Hopper, and a daughter, Dr. Betty Ruth Hopper, all of Jackson; and a brother, Dr. Jim Hopper, of Florence, Alabama. Mr. Hopper authored a book, "My Most Vivid Experiences as an American Prisoner of War of the Japanese During World War II." It describes the torture and starvation he endured for 3-1/2 years, all of with courage and dedication of duty to his country. A copy of his book is on file at the Carroll County Museum in Huntingdon.

Aaron Clyde married Dorothy SIMPSON.

They had the following children:
i. Donald Ray. Resided in Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee in Jan 2000.

Donald Ray married Susan HIGDON.

ii. Betty Ruth. Resided in Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee in Jan 2000.

265. Doctor Jamie Ray HOPPER. Born on 22 Oct 1922. Resided in Florence, Alabama in Jan 2000.

Jamie Ray married Lavern JOHNSON.

They had the following children:
i. Teresa Gail.

ii. Patricia Ann.

iii. Jamie Lynn.

iv. David Brian.

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