Gail and Rodney Hopper are natives of Rabun County ,
1974 graduates of Rabun County High School , and passionate about their profession . Gail began her Real Estate career in 1989 , Rodney joined her in 2004 combining their efforts produced success for them and satisfaction for their buyers and sellers .
After obtaining her license , Gail received her GRI designation , Graduate Realtor Institute ( graduates are recognized nationwide for competence and expertise ), she then obtained her Brokers License in 1998 , was President of the Rabun County Board of Realtors for two different terms and was honored with Realtor of the Year award
Rodney served in the Navy on the USS Enterprise air craft carrier , studied at Truett McConnell College on the GI Bill before obtaining his Real Estate license . Gail and Rodney are active members of Battle Branch Baptist Church , along with bass fishing and avid supporters of the local high school and recreation sports where Rodney has worked on the Wildcat “ chain gang ” for 39 years .
When I think of my favorite memory of Christmases I am reminded of the annual Smith family Christmas tree hunt . We never went and “ bought ” a tree …. We went to the woods and found , usually , the most “ Charlie Brown ” Christmas tree there ever was . Daddy and Momma loved Christmas and going to look for the “ perfect ” tree was soooo exciting . These were trips i still treasure . Another memory as a child was going to the shooting matches with my Daddy and Grandpa Smith …. grandpa was a sharp shooter and we always came home with something .
Our Smith Family tradition is Christmas morning breakfast at Mom and Dad ’ s house . We always had a full-blown breakfast and deer tenderloin was the “ stand-out ”.
Rodney ’ s family has always gotten together for Christmas Day lunch with tons of food and everyone there . This year will be the first time someone will be missing in all of Rodney ’ s 65 years . Empty chairs at Christmas are hard for all .
Each year Rodney sits down to watch The Christmas Story , a favorite movie for many people . “ Ralphie , you are going to shoot your eye out !” always brings a chuckle and I love to see him enjoy it .
Rodney tells a story about when his dad , JS got him and his brother Denver bicycles for Christmas . A bicycle was a big gift back in the day .
Both our families were “ simple ” on Christmas decorations . Our parents all worked and just to get a tree up and a few presents under the tree was a great accomplishment . Rodney and I both have been so blessed throughout the years .