Herbert W. Hope, 85, passed on December 3, 2019 in Ocklawaha, FL under the care of Hospice of Marion County. He was born November 2, 1934 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He graduated from Watson Chapel High in 1952 and then attended the University of Arkansas Monticello for 1 year. He then spent 3 years in Navel reserves before joining full time and retiring after 27 years. In addition to his duties and 2 tours in Vietnam he served as a Flight Engineer and Hurricane Hunter. Herbert worked 15 years with the USPS. He was a member and past commander of American Legion Post 138 in Port Tampa, FL, was part of The Sons of The American Legion, Mooselodge #912 in Tampa and an Eagle and Masonic Lodge member. He was a contributor to many charitable causes including the Lacoda Indians.
Herbert had a love for the outdoors and was very giving of his time to others. He was a doer and was always the first to lend a hand. He had never met a stranger. Herb was preceded in death by his wife Betty Hope in 2009. Herbert is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth (Liz) Thompson Hope; former wife, Hilda; brother, Robert (Bob) Hope; sister, Kay Robison both in Arkansas; Son, Herbert (Emma) Hope Jr.; daughters, Joi (Dennis) Hope Thomas, Dema (Ray) Webb, Lori Hope (Terry) Rigdon, Shea Hope Denver, and Steve (Melissa) Taylor. He had many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.