Joanna Pettit Hopkins passed away peacefully at home on April 1, 2022. She was born on October 28, 1927, in St. Albans, West Virginia to Joseph Pettit and Anna Mae Harrah Pettit. She was the second daughter; her sister Geraldine Pettit Wyatt being born seven years prior. On November 23, 1946, Joanna married a handsome young veteran, and the love of her life Floyd George Hopkins. Joanna and George were happily married for 70 years before his death in 2016. She was the mother of 6 children, 1 boy and 5 girls. They moved their family to Florida in 1966 where they raised their daughters, their son having already married. When ready to retire, the couple chose to make Aiken, South Carolina their final home.
Growing up in St. Albans, Joanna was active in many activities such as church youth group, choir, basketball, cheerleading, and girl scouts. She would laughingly tell her granddaughters that she was ahead of her time as she and her girlfriends were the first in their town to wear blue jeans. She would also tell of her victory garden during WWII, as well as many other patriotic activities. Joanna was a woman of deep faith and instilled a love for the Lord in each of her children. As a child and later as a woman, Joanna was eager to share her faith with all who would listen. Joanna’s children describe her as a strong woman, having raised her 6 children while her husband travelled in his job. She continued to be a source of love and strength to her family during the loss of her 2 daughters to cancer and later her husband. Joanna lived her final years at the home of her daughter in North Augusta, South Carolina.
Joanna is survived by her son, George Stephen Hopkins; daughters, Janice Hopkins Moccia, Constance Hopkins Gonzalez, and Carol Hopkins Williams; 14 grandchildren, Chris Hopkins, Heather Steffan, Aaron Hopkins, Seth O’Dell, Adam O’Dell, Matthew O’Dell, Constance Moccia, Joanna Kerr, Rebecca Moccia, Victoria Gonzalez, Wade Williams, Blake Williams, Cole Williams, and Chase Williams; 8 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren. She is pre-deceased by two daughters, Rebecca Hopkins O’Dell and Linda Hopkins.
Visitation and memorial services to be held at SHELLHOUSE-RIVERS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 715 E. PINE LOG RD., AIKEN, SC at 10am and 11am, respectively, on April 15, 2022. A graveside ceremony will follow at Bethany Cemetery.
Flowers may be sent to Shellhouse-Rivers Funeral Home or memorial donations may be made to Living Hope Fellowship “In honor of Joanna Hopkins” at 2550 Old Dominion Road, Aiken, SC 29803.To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Joanna Pettit Hopkins, please visit our flower store.