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“To Lucille and the Wehman/Hopke/Chapman families, I was truly sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. He was a very special, dear friend to me many...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Emily Molony Swanson - SC

“I also knew Joe for a short time, but the time that I did know him he was always there for me as a good friend. RIP my dear friend! ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: Jackie Morgan - Friend

“I didn't know him for long but he definitely touched my heart and kept me smiling prayers to your family ”
3 of 19 | Posted by: Kameron Koger - Johns Island, SC

“Meeting Joe was one of the most beautiful things I've ever had in my life but it was a short one,in that time it was profound I felt his spirit and...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Angie White - Ravenel, SC

“I am extremely saddened by the passing of my Friend, Joe. My prayers are lifted for his family. I met Joe downtown Charleston 30+ years ago,...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Jennifer Rauch - Savannah, GA

“Sorry to hear about Joe. He's was a good man. Rest in Peace ”
6 of 19 | Posted by: Pierre Volkman - Baltimore, MD

“So sorry to here about the passing of your son, Joe. My thoughts and prayers are with you during difficult time. ”
7 of 19 | Posted by: Paul Walker - Chapin, SC

“So very sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I have very fond memories of weekend visits to Charleston visiting the Hopke's, skiing and playing with...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Cindy Oakley Hart - Oakland, CA

“To the Family of Joseph.Our thoughts and prayers are with you especially at the time.Fondly,Catherine and Wilfred Moore ”
9 of 19 | Posted by: Catherine & Wilfred Moore - SC

“Lucile:Jim & I have you in our thoughts and prayers during your time of grief.Lisa ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: Lisa Rabon

“To Jimmy and family, I am sorry for your loss. May God's love help you find strength and comfort. You are in my prayers. ”
11 of 19 | Posted by: Annie B. Misic - Charleston, SC

“We will miss joe he used to come by and check in on us and go fishing with Jeff and to see Shawn. Always willing to help any way he could.Joe. you...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Marcy &Jim Pettus - Johns Island, SC

“On behalf of the Tuesday Morning Prayer Group of St. Martin's in the Fields, we send our sincere condolences. We will continue to offer prayers for...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Carlos Gibbons - Columbia, SC

“I lift up the Hopke Family in prayer that our Heavenly Father's comfort, strength and peace surround you all during this time of grief. Love, Vicki,...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Vicki Murray - White Stone, VA

“Dear Clarence and Sue;I was very sorry to learn of Joe's death in the newspaper. My thoughts and prayers will be with you as you move through this...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: steve Johnson - columbia, SC

“Clarence - so very sorry. My mother said it was the hardest thing she ever had to do to loose a child. Thinking of you and your family. ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: Anna Taylor Blythe (Mrs. Jack) - SC

“Our sympathies and condolences go out to Clarence and family. Our prayers are with them during this time of grief and sense of loss. Joe and Carol...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Joe Anderson - Friend

“Dear family of Joe and especially Jimmy,I read with sadness of Joe's passing. I know this is difficult. I just wanted you all to know I'm thinking...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Dr. Kathy Heinsohn - Brunswick, MD

“Great memories of Joe growing up in Hobcaw - Thoughts and prayers to family and friends - RIP Joe - Know you and Robbie are catching up on old times...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: A friend


Joseph August Hopke, 54, of Ravenel, South Carolina, entered into eternal rest Wednesday, February 12, 2020. His funeral service will be held Saturday, February 22 in J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel, at 12:00 pm. The family will receive friends after the service. Interment will be private. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Joe was born February 19, 1965 in Charleston, South Carolina, son of James Clarence Hopke and Lucile Wehman-Dinge. He attended Porter Gaud School and finished Wando High School. He also attended Broward Community College. Early in life Joe was very artistic, and as a teenager was an accomplished half-pipe skateboarder and enjoyed alternative music and writing.

He spent a short time in New York City, but eventually returned to Charleston where he spent the rest of his life self-employed working mainly as a plumber and in small construction. Joe also enjoyed woodworking in his personal shop. Later in life he loved fishing and helping family, friends and neighbors with a variety of projects.

Joe was a free spirit who enjoyed life one day at a time. His step-sister probably best summarized his life in the following excerpt in a note to his mother following his passing, saying His laugh was contagious, and he embraced whatever came next. He loved living. He enjoyed the adventure, danger and the journey. He was full throttle and all out! That's the way he wanted things to be. That's the path he took.

Joe is survived by his mother Lucile Wehman-Dinge, father J. Clarence Hopke, one brother James C. Hopke, Jr., a sister in law, many aunts, uncles, cousins, step-brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Arnold Wehman and paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. James E. Hopke.