Anna Joe Balentine Hopper
Funeral Date: 1/10/2019

Obituary:
Anna Joe (Balentine) Hopper age 89 went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, January 6, 2019 in Shreveport, LA. She was born on November 12, 1929 in New Edinburg, AR to the late James C. (Bud) Balentine and Emma Bryant Balentine. Anna Joe grew up in New Edinburg/Emmaus Arkansas. She graduated with honors as Class Valedictorian from New Edinburg High School in 1947. She retired in 1986 from Urology Associates working as Office Manager and Office Accountant in Ann Arbor, MI. Anna Joe married the love of her life Bob Hopper on September 20, 1948 and they moved to Detroit and lived in Michigan until they retired and moved to Cape Coral, FL. They later lived for several years in LaFayette, GA and Warren, AR prior to making their home in Shreveport, LA. No matter where Anna Joe lived she worshipped and served the Lord setting a life pattern and example for her daughters. Since moving to Shreveport in 2004 she and her husband Bob have been faithful members of Rose Park Baptist Church. Anna Joe loved her church family dearly. She and Bob loved to sing about the Lord and took part in nursing home ministries wherever they lived. While living in Georgia they participated in prison ministry sharing the love of the Lord. Anna Joe and Bob had many friends throughout the country that they loved and with whom they shared good times and happy memories. She was a devoted fan of the Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Braves baseball. She enjoyed counted cross stitch, reading, cooking and baking for her family and many friends. No matter what she did she gave 100%. Anna Joe was considered to be a very “special lady” by many. She was always willing to go the extra mile to lend a helping hand. She had great capacity for loving and deeply loved her husband who she was devoted to for 70 years as well as her girls and all her grandchildren. Anna Joe is also preceded in death by brothers Charles, Jimmy and Bobby Balentine and an infant sister Martha Nell. She is survived by three daughters Sharon Darnell and husband Ray; Nancy Wyrybkowski and husband Phil; and June DeLong and fiancée Ron Steele. Grandchildren Nickie Rowsey (Carl), Amy Collum, Larry Arnold (Jennifer), David Arnold (Jennifer), Joshua DeLong (Katie), Keith DeLong and Samantha DeLong. Greatgrandchildren Sydnie, Jacob, Kyle, Ryan, Sean, Hannah, Sarah, Taylor, Blake, Case and Colton; and her nephews and nieces who held a special place in her heart. The family is especially grateful for the tremendous outpouring of love and support from the Rose Park Baptist Church family as well as the care staff at the Bradford Senior Care Center. Funeral service was 1:30 p.m. Thursday, January 10 at Frazer’s Funeral Home with Dr. B.J. Maddox officiating. Burial was in Moseley Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Josh DeLong, Keith DeLong, Jacob Ezell, Ray Darnell, Monty Balentine and Charles Ramsey.

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Name: Diana Cunningham
Message: Nancy and Family So sorry for the loss of your beloved Mother. Keeping you in thoughts and prayers. Hugs

Name: Ann Rees
Message: I do so very much wish that I could be there with all of the family but I know that you understand why I can’t. You’re constantly on my mind as you all go through this trial of loss with much love

Name: Lena Arnold
Message: June, So sorry about your Mom. Prayers for strength and peace in the coming days,weeks and months for you and the family!

Name: Sheila & David Robison
Message: Sending our love to all ~ hugs to sweet Uncle Bob. We are sorry we can’t be with you all Thursday but you all are in our prayers as you go through this time of sorrow.

Name: Donna Dugger
Message: May hope and peace be your constant companion. Lean on God for strength and comfort. Hugs and love to all of you.

Name: Brenda Stumbo
Message: Dad Hopper, Nancy, June and Nikki. We are so sorry for your loss. Heaven gained an angel and we know how hard this is on this close family. Please know we are thinking and praying for you all. Much love, Brenda