Some Memories of Dopkins and its former Staff
Since 1895 Dopkins has handled the funeral service and care of breaved families through their loss. Although the faces of Dopkins have changed over the years, our goals and pourpose have only grown in our strive to serve and care for the people we meet.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
George Madison Dopkins
George was born on September 13, 1854 in Randolph, New York to Joseph Case Dopkins 1820-1894 and Sarepta Cecilia Barnum 1821-1917. George was 4th in line of their seven children. And in the late 1860's George's father Joseph moved his family to Bethany, Missouri where they farmed.
George married Eliza J. Gillespie August 5, 1877, and started his own farm in Jefferson, Missouri. Five years later Eliza died of consumption. After her death George moved to Traver, California changing his career from farming to carpentry, building furniture. He opened up a furniture store in Traver with a partner.
On October 26, 1887 George married Clara Irene Peacock. They had three children, Mary 'Maye', Emma, and Joesph, in that order.
In 1895 George officially began Dopkins Funeral Chapel.