Hundreds mourn longtime Fulton County sheriff

Hundreds of people gathered to mourn and celebrate the life and legacy of longtime Fulton County Sheriff Bobby Hopper on Thursday.

Hopper died last Saturday after battling colon cancer for several years. On Thursday, friends, family, law enforcement and others from across the region all paid their respects.

Law enforcement flanked the room while friends, family, and brothers in arms worshiped and celebrated the memory of their friend and loved one, Bobby Hopper.

Rev. Dale true joked: "I Was nervous when I see judges and law enforcement."

And Rev. Jimmy Stairs also helped lead in worship: "Bless everyone who’s come today. In Jesus name, I pray."

There were tears thinking of the genuine friendship Hopper was known for.

A sheriff’s deputy shared his memory: "Everybody that helped us out in the law enforcement family I’m truly grateful for everything you’ve done and I’ll truly miss him."

There was laughter remembering  how he would bend – but not break — what laws he could to help a friend. Judge Tim Langford reminded everyone, "He was your friend he was a friend to a lot of folks he was there for you anytime."

But when laying their friend to rest, they were the ones telling him they have it from here

Per state statute the judge executive is to appoint a sheriff until the county can elect another one in November 2018. Judge executive Jim Martin notified the fiscal court of his appointment this morning. He appointed Robby Woods who served as the county’s chief deputy.

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