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Sublette Examiner
Volume 6, Number 23 - August 31, 2006
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Reverend Opal Faye Williams

Opal Williams was born Jan. 12, 1936, in Bonham, Texas, to Leo and Lady Chappell. She died Aug. 24, 2006, at the age of 70 in Pinedale.

Opal married Lonnie Ray Williams Aug. 31, 1957. She is survived by her husband and four children: Sharon (Mike) Strand, Ray (Tracy) Williams, Tim (Denise) Williams, Tabitha (Roger) Casteel, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Opal attended Lubbock, Texas, public schools from primary to high school. She received her ministerial education through Global University in Springfield, Mo., Glendale Community College in Glendale, Ariz. and Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, ND. She received ordination in theAssemblies of God Church as an ordained minister in 1982. With her husband she co-pastored churches in New Mexico, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. She was co-pastor of the Christian Life Center in Marbleton for 12 years.

Opal was also minister to the Sublette County jail. She served as an emergency medical technician, worked in home-health care, served as the seatbelt coordinator and was active in the senior center in Marbleton. She supported many mission and outreach programsand is remembered for her open heart and the love she gave to everyone she met.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister.

A funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 28, at the Fine Arts Center in Big Piney. In lieu of flowers, the family requests, that memorial contributions be made to Kickin’ Cancer in Sublette County, P.O. Box 383 Daniel, Wyo., 83115.

Dixie Golich

Dixie Golich, 75, passed away at her home in Bondurant Thursday morning Aug. 24, 2006. Dixie was born July 14, 1931, in LaBarge to Oliver and Comet Lavonne Gregory. She completed her informal education in LaBarge and graduated from high school in Kemmerer.

She married her sweetheart, Pete Golich, on Dec. 2, 1950, in Salt Lake City. To this union were born three children: Candy, Mariann and Greg.

Dixie was preceded in death by her parents and sister Beverly Murphy. She is survived by her husband, Pete; daughters Candy (Dennis) Green of Lyman and Mariann Golich of Logan, Utah; son Greg (Leslie) Golich of Bakersfield, Calif.; sister Donna Detata of San Rafael, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, Aug. 30, at St.Andrew’s in the Pines Episcopal Church in Pinedale.

Donald M. Hopkins

Merrill Hopkins, 78, of Cheyenne died Friday, Aug. 4, 2006, at United Medical Center-West.

He was born June 7, 1928, in Evanston to George W. Jr. and Annie Bradshaw Hopkins. His family had moved to Big Piney in 1918 when his father bought the Big Piney Examiner. Donnie grew up in Big Piney and graduated from Big Piney High School.

He married Doris Mae Jensen on Aug. 19, 1950, in Eden. The couple made their home in Rock Springs for a number of years and then moved to Cheyenne in 1957.

Donnie served in the U.S. Army and was an active member of the Masons and the Shriners. He retired from the Wyoming Highway Department.

He is survived by his wife, Doris; a daughter, Paula Jean Harrington, and a son, Donald Allen Hopkins, all of Cheyenne; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Mr. Hopkins was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, George Alfred Hopkins; a brother, Merritt “Mickey” Hopkins; two sisters, Muriel Gray and Patti Ann Hopkins.

Cremation has taken place at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens. The funeral was Friday, Aug. 18, at the Cheyenne Masonic Temple. A graveside service will be held at a later date.

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