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Former Highway Commissioner and Springdale Business Leader Bobby Hopper Dies

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Bobby Hopper, a Korean War veteran and owner of a Springdale car dealership best known for serving 16 years on the powerful Arkansas Highway Commission, died July 29. He was 89 years old.

He is survived by Springdale’s wife Lois. Children Regina Hopper of Alexandria, Virginia and Robert Hopper of Cabot. Mountain Home’s sister Beverly Morton. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 3 at 1:00 pm at the Roller Funeral Home in Mountain Home. The family doesn’t ask for flowers. A memorial service for Bobby can be done at either his Circle of Life Hospice or the Honor Flight Network.

“Bobby was a remarkable man. A good man, a good friend, an exemplary citizen, and one of the best and most effective highway commissioners ever. I love him.” My thoughts and prayers are with Lois, Regina, Robert and all who will miss him.We need more people like him in public,” former President Bill Clinton said. rice field.

Hopper’s contribution to the mission was recognized by naming the tunnel on Interstate 49 between Fayetteville and Alma the Bobby Hopper Tunnel. His name is also found on Mountain Home’s Shade His Hopper Bypass and Cotter’s Bobby Hopper Highway.

“Bobby built a legacy of public service, hard work, and perseverance in striving for his vision. and his legacy will never be forgotten,” said Arkansas Transportation Commissioner Rory Tudor.

Rodney Slater, former Arkansas Highway Commissioner and U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President Clinton, said Hopper is an example of public service.

“During my tenure as Highway Commissioner, I represented Eastern Arkansas and Bobby represented Northwest Arkansas, but we are committed to maintaining the best possible state and ensuring opportunity for all. We have always kept in mind that it is a sacred honor to be a member of a committee. To speak with us You don’t have to work, it was very important for us to travel the state and offer ourselves to the people we were honored to serve. I am eternally grateful to have had the opportunity to work and serve with him, and he was a friend of mine,” said Slater.

Hopper and his wife moved to Springdale in 1969. Hopper was selected by Ford Motor Company for his company, and auto dealer Bobby Hopper founded Ford. In addition to making the dealership a large regional car dealership, Hopper was a member of the Springdale Civil Service Board. Arkansas and American Auto Dealers Association. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Springdale and was honored as a Paul He Harris Fellow.

Hopper also served on the Board of the Springdale Chamber of Commerce and was granted Life Membership.

“Bobby also took a special interest in giving to the community, funding projects for the Springdale-based Northwest Medical Center and the Springdale Fire Department. The park later became a baseball and soccer park for children’s sports.”