Roy McArthur Hopkins, known as Hoppy Hopkins (June 10, 1943 – November 23, 2006), was a Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 1 in northern Caddo Parish and two precincts in northern Bossier Parish from 1988 until his Thanksgiving Day death after a long illness of bone cancer. In 1966, Hopkins moved his family to Oil City (population 1,008 in the 2010 U.S. census) and made his living there as an automobile dealer. Previously, Hopkins, had been an alderman and mayor of Oil City. In 1979, he was elected to the Caddo Parish Police Jury, which became the Caddo Parish Commission in December 1984. Hopkins was elected by his colleagues as the first president of the Caddo Parish Commission. Two Republican commissioners, Tommy Gene Armstrong and Lloyd E. Lenard, served thereafter as the second and third presidents of the commission, respectively. Hopkins was born in the village of Murchison near Athens in Henderson County, Texas. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having been stationed in Germany during the Cold War.
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