James Preston Hopkins1

M, #9736, b. 8 March 1910, d. 25 March 1962
3rd cousin 1 time removed of Joseph Wayne Peery
     James Preston Hopkins was born on 8 March 1910 at Austin, Travis County, Texas.1,2 He was the son of James Day Hopkins and Beulah Laura Kenney.1 He married Lillian Margerete Sermay, daughter of Adalbert Szirmay and Ludmilla Klimo, on 5 March 1932 at Los Angeles County, California.3 He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a MSgt in the U. S. Army between 1942 and 1946.4 He was awarded the Soldier's Medal for Valor by President Roosevelt circa 1944.4 In 1957, James Preston Hopkins and the other children of James Day Hopkins and Beulah Laura Kenney were together for a group photograph.5 He died on 25 March 1962 at Los Angeles County, California, at age 52 years and 17 days.6,2 He was buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park, 4845 Pioneer Boulevard, Whittier, Los Angeles County, California.2,7 He was recognized by President George W. Bush for his service to the United States.4

Family: James Preston Hopkins and Lillian Margerete Sermay


  1. [S1062] Hopkins Family Bible, online www.ancestry.com.
  2. [S1387] U. S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963, online http://search.ancestry.com/, Name:     James P Hopkins
    Birth Date:     8 Mar 1910
    Death Date:     25 Mar 1962
    Cemetery:     Rose Hills Memorial Park
    Cemetery Location:     Whittier, California.
  3. [S369] Family Search, online www.familysearch.org, James Preston Hopkins, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"
    Name:      James Preston Hopkins
    Event Type:      Marriage
    Event Date:      05 Mar 1932
    Event Place:      Los Angeles, California, United States
    Gender:      Male
    Age:      21
    Birth Year (Estimated):      1911
    Father's Name:     James Day Hopkins
    Mother's Name:     B Kenny
    Spouse's Name:     Lillian Margerete Sermay
    Spouse's Age:      20
    Spouse's Gender:      Female
    Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated):      1912
    Spouse's Father's Name:     Albert Sermay
    Spouse's Mother's Name:     Millie Klimo
    Page:      200
    GS Film number:      2074983
    Digital Folder Number:      005698524
    Image Number:      01411

    Citing this Record
    "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K8JW-Q2F : accessed 26 May 2013), James Preston Hopkins and Lillian Margerete Sermay, 1932.
  4. [S1265] Douglas Hopkins, "E-Mail Message from Douglas Hopkins to Joe Peery," e-mail to Joe Peery, 21 May 2013.
  5. [S1336] Terry Hopkins, "E-Mail Messages from Terry Hopkins to Joe Peery," e-mail to Joe Peery, various dates.
  6. [S39] California Death Index, 1940-1997, online search.ancestry.com, Name:     James P Hopkins
    Social Security #:     566169695
    Gender:     Male
    Birth Date:     8 Mar 1910
    Death Date:     25 Mar 1962
    Death Place:     Los Angeles
    Mother's Maiden Name:     Kenney.
  7. [S806] Find A Grave, online www.findagrave.com, Memorial# 132334263 - James Preston Hopkins.