Lightnin' Hopkins

Birth Name:
Samual John Hopkins
Birth Date:
March 15, 1912
Birth Place:
Centerville, Texas
Death Date:
January 30, 1982
Place of Death:
Houston, Texas
Cause of Death:
Esophageal cancer
Cemetery Name:
Forest Park Cemetery (Lawndale)
Claim to Fame:
Sam Lightnin' Hopkins began his blues trail as Blind Lemon Jefferson's guide before spending 30 years on the weekend juke joint circuit. As a soloist who loved to drink, smoke, gamble, fight and chase women, Hopkins had the scars from the prison leg irons of which he sang. Before his death he recorded over 80 albums and Rolling Stone magazine included Hopkins at number 71 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Forest Park Cemetery (Lawndale)

6900 Lawndale Street

Houston, Texas, 77023


North America


Grave Location:

Lawn View, Section 23, Lot 266, Space 11

Grave Location Description

As you enter the cemetery drive around towards the left to Section 23. Look to your left for the Vaughan monument and one row behind you will find the final resting place of blues legend Lightnin’ Hopkins

Grave Location GPS

29.719715, -95.302525

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