Karen Ernestine Runyon Hopkins of Kenley, N.C.
KAREN ERNESTINE RUNYON HOPKINS, age 70, of Kenly, N.C., left this world to be with her father in Heaven on November 3, 2018. Born July 1, 1948, in Delbarton, W.Va., to the late Elva and Norma Blankenship Runyon, she was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Kennedy, her stepmother, Christina Runyon, brothers, William Runyon, Elva Ray Runyon and Wilkie May, and sisters, Gloria Stone, Joyce Mitchell and Mary Smith. Karen lived a very full life, surrounded by lots of loving family and friends who just adored her. She was a kind soul that loved to laugh and put a smile on another’s face. Karen had a big heart and was always there to help out in a time of need. She was always full of spunk and loved to share her passion for reading. A memorial service was conducted at noon Saturday, November 10, 2018, in the meeting room of the Sleep Inn of Smithfield, N.C. The family received friends following the service until 2 p.m. Surviving are her husband, Wayne Hopkins; daughter, Norma Clark and Terry of Raleigh, N.C.; stepson, Autry Hopkins of Wilson, N.C.; stepdaughter, Tracy Cook and Jerry of Wilson, W.Va.; brother, Sam Runyon of Smithfield, N.C.; sisters, Betty Blair of Kentucky, Jean Arko of Phoenix, Ariz., and Lana Hundley and Martha Runyon, both of Huntington, W.Va.; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.parrishfh.com.