Gale Earnett Hopkins was born Oct. 25, 1963, to Joe Lee and Beatrice Hopkins in Madisonville.
She was baptized at New Zion Baptist Church in the Pleasant Springs Community of Centerville, where she received a strong biblical foundation. Gale has served in many auxiliaries within the church, including youth ministry, secretary, treasurer, leader over special programs, such as Black History Month, and various areas as needed. She was a faithful servant until her health declined. Her commitment and devotion to New Zion Baptist Church was unwavering.
She attended and graduated from Centerville High School where she was involved in sports and extracurricular activities. Her greatest dream was to become a nurse and she did that. She spent 35 years helping to care for and nurse others. One of her greatest loves was working at Madisonville Care Center. She had such a caring heart, always caring for anyone who needed her nursing care and skills. As a CNA instructor, her teaching was not limited to a classroom. She was still teaching hospital staff special procedures even through her hospitalization in her final days.
Gale loved her family and shared her passion for caring for others with them. She would always find the good and positive light in all situations. Gale was a great mother and life of the party for the entire family. She had the ability to bring everyone together. She was the strong bond within the family.
She is preceded in death by her parents and first husband, Billy Joe Hall.
Gale departed her earthly home on Feb. 15, 2019. She leaves to cherish her memories her husband, Webster Grisby; three daughters, Angela, Alesha and Destiny; one son, Adairrain (SPC-United States Army); 10 grandchildren, who loving called her GG, ages 19 years-6 months; three sisters, Emma Louise Armstrong, Merry Jo Hopkins and Mirty Beatrice Wesley-Johnson; Mamma Mary Hall-Williams; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Homegoing services for Gale were held Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at Walters Funeral Home in Centerville. The Rev. Kenneth W. Donalson, pastor of New Zion Baptist Church, officiated the service. Interment followed in Pleasant Springs Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Olando "Rashad" Hopkins, Jr., Roderick Hopkins, J.V. Hopkins, Terrell Hopkins, David Hopkins, Arthrez Petty, Bert Brewer, Henry Hall, Harold Hopkins II and Arnez Petty.
Honorary pallbearers were Garland C. Armstrong, Jr., Broderick L. Davis, Christopher E. Johnson, Robert F. Johnson, Jr., Andre' K. Wesley, Darren Grigsby, Adairrain Hopkins, Dale Benson, James Benson and Arthur Benson.
Arrangements were entrusted to Walters Funeral Home in Centerville. www.waltersfuneralhome.com.