Mr. Christian Hopper

  • Born: January 14, 2002
  • Died: September 11, 2021
  • Location: Clayton, North Carolina

Sanders Funeral Home

806 E Market St
Smithfield, NC 27577
Tel. (919) 934-8416

Tribute & Message From The Family

Christian James (CJ) Hopper was born on January 14, 2002 as the second child to Ms. Cynthia Hopper of Bronx, NY and Mr. Izell James (Jimmy) Hopper ll of Dayton, OH. From his earliest days, it was easy to see that Christian would one day become a strong and lovable man. He grew up in Johnston County, North Carolina and was very proud to be a southern boy. Fun was definitely in his DNA as he always tried to bring laughter and jokes to every situation, especially the serious situations.
CJ will be remembered for his unique athletic ability. In
constant partnership with his twin brother Chris, CJ excelled in
athletics as one of the infamous Hopper Boys; well known for
bringing fierceness on the field but also genuine kindness off the
field. In football, he played with the Red Devils football team.
He was selected as a special player in the Johnston County
Turkey Bowl tournament with the Selma Yellowjackets football
team. CJ carried his baseball playing into his middle school years
at Neuse Charter School. Upon transferring to Riverwood at Neuse Charter School. Upon transferring to Riverwood
Middle School, he played football and shot put. In high school, CJ played for the Clayton Comets at Clayton High School and was advanced to the varsity football team during the playoffs at the end of his freshman year. He was an 8-quarter player, playing both JV and varsity, his sophomore year. He was a 2- year starter on the varsity team during his junior and senior years. He tested his skills on the wrestling mat during his junior year and became a conference champion wrestler in the 285lb weight class. Most recently, his passion for sports grew to include rugby which he played in his junior and senior years of high school and became a 4-time undefeated rugby tournament champion as a prop. CJ also joined his team as 2-time rugby state championship runner ups. During his college years, he movedontoplay fortheBelmontAbbeyCrusadersatBelmont Abbey College as the second player selected to join the school's newly started team.
Obituary Cont...
There are no number of words in the universe to express how much CJ will be missed, but we know he will continue to do in death exactly what he did in life; protecting those he loved and bringing a smile to our hearts when needed most. He was loved by many, and he will be missed dearly.
Christian was preceded in death by his father Izell J. Hopper ll
and his grandfather Izell J. Hopper. He leaves to cherish his
beautiful memory his proud and loving mother, Cynthia; twin
brother Christopher, Grandparents Arthur and Bessie;
Grandmother Joyce; Aunt Letecia, Aunt Teresa; Uncle
Clifford (Victoria); Uncle Charles, very special Cousin Joseph;
Cousins Alexis, Genesis, Esau, Israel, Selah, Jasmine, and
Zenleile; adopted dad Wayne; Godparents Kevin and Audra;
God Brothers Kendall and Aaron; God Sister Kandace; adopted
brother/friend Austin; his girlfriend Lauren; Adopted Aunt
Tonderleir; Adopted Cousins Deante' and Shauntel; Adopted
Aunt Jeanne; close friends Isaiah, Dre, Jamir, Jamis, Manny, Aunt Jeanne; close friends Isaiah, Dre, Jamir, Jamis, Manny,
Bradley, the Shaws, Blake, and DaQuan, Kylie, Kai, the Riggins, the Clayton Rugby team, Clayton High School "O" Line, "The Herd of Cows," Clayton High School defense, Clayton High School football team, Belmont Rugby team, the boys of 107 D, Bootleggers Rugby team, and a long list of extended relatives and friends who loved him.

Saturday, September 18
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Temple Baptist Church
1250 S. Pollock St.
Selma, NC 27577

Funeral Service:
Saturday, September 18
2:00 PM
Temple Baptist Church
1250 S. Pollock St.
Selma, NC 27577

Brown Cemetery
Green Pond, SC


Condolence & Memory Journal

Praying for healing strength for the family

Posted by Felma White - Thomasville, AL - Family   September 17, 2021

I first met Chris and Christian 3 months ago when they applied for a job at our landscape company. Their personality, respectfulness and manners impressed me from the beginning of our interview. They are the type of people that any organization would love them to be a part of. They showed up every morning with a smile on their face and a great attitude. They formed tight bonds with their fellow employees in a short period of time. Christian will be greatly missed and we will be here for Chris and his family in this difficult time. RIP CJ

Posted by Kurt Nitschke - Coworker   September 17, 2021

To the Family and Friends of Christian Hopper: We were so sad to hear about Christian's passing! My husband and I have watched those boys grow up as we would have to pass by their home everyday on our way to ours down Pecan Drive. The first time I ever saw them they were riding their tricycles in the driveway. They were giggling and going around and around while Grandma watched on. We would wave and of course they would wave back. They were darling! As they grew sometimes I would stop and chat and they were always polite and amiable. They would play ball in the front yard and play basketball down the street with their good friend, Austin Robinson. It always did my heart good to see them all playing together and having fun! I praise God for His love for these young men. I pray for their family, and especially for his twin, Christopher, and friends that they will feel comforted and be drawn closer to God during this difficult time. We care. Sincerely, your neighbors, Neil and Laurie Deasy

Posted by Laurie Deasy - Selma, NC - Neighbor   September 16, 2021

So sorry to hear about Christian. Words cannot express how you feel. I always remember the boys when January 14th come every year. My heart is with you and I will be praying for your family. Love you much, Pastor Lights

Posted by judith lights - clayton, NC - Friend   September 14, 2021