Rachael Gabrielle Hopkins, 46, of Morrow, Georgia died in her home on March 19, 2021 at 3:19 pm. She lost her fight with renal cell carcinoma only three weeks after her diagnosis. Rachael was born on February 5, 1975 in Carthage, Texas to Roger Guyton “Guy” Hopkins and Linda Gail Thompson Hopkins.
Professionally, Rachael worked over 15 years for the State of Georgia and spent the past three years working for Brighter Tomorrows Consulting in Griffin, Georgia. Over her career, Rachael served in many professional organizations and achieved many credentials and certificates including LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), CPCS (Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor), CAADC (Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor), CCDP-D (Certified Co-occurring Disorder Professional-Diplomate), RPT (Registered Play Therapist). She had completed the coursework for Marriage and Family Therapy but had not received her documentation. She loved seeing her name in print with all her ‘letters’ after it.
Rachael was referred to by her mother as ‘most nearly perfect’. She always strived for academic and professional excellence. She graduated from Tenaha High School in 1993 as Salutatorian while also completing classes at Panola Junior College graduating with her associate degree the following year in 1994. She graduated Stephen F. Austin State University with a double major bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology in 1997. Her Masters at Georgia School of Professional Psychology was completed in 2000. Rachael had completed her coursework and was ‘All but Dissertation’ on a Doctorate Degree. She was a member of the Chi Sigma Iota (Counseling Honor Society).
Rachael is survived by her mother Linda Gail Thompson Hopkins, her sister, Rebekah Michelle Hopkins Frederick (spouse Michael), her brother Benjamin Raphael Hopkins (spouse Paige Burleigh), her niece Genevieve, her nephews Jacob and Sebastian; Uncle Ted Hopkins (spouse Becky), Aunt Elizabeth Thompson Jones (spouse Randy), and many cousins and other family members.
Preceded in death by her father Roger Guyton ‘Guy’ Hopkins and both sets of grandparents, James Granvel Hopkins and Maudine Hughes Hopkins, Elbert Ray Thompson and Eula Gail Grubbs Thompson and her Uncle Ray ‘Bubba’ Thompson Jr.
Rachael loved people, travel, genealogy, celebrating and spending time with friends and family. She had a million-dollar smile and gave the warmest hugs! She was a shooting star and left an indelible mark on everyone she knew. Rachael described herself as having a great sense of caring and compassion. All her knowledge and skill she had so diligently worked on throughout the years were dedicated to helping others find their best selves so they could, in turn, help others. She believed in paying it forward and making the world a better place.
Her family will bring her ashes to be buried in Oaklawn Cemetery in Center, Texas with her father and grandparents on June 12, 2021 at 10:30 am.