WILSON, N.C. — October 7, 2020 — Staff member Eddie Hopkins served Barton College faithfully for 61 years, and his tenure stands as a symbol of dedication, commitment, strong work ethic, and loyalty. Barton College is pleased to announce that the campus services building will be renamed the Eddie R. Hopkins Facilities Services Building in honor of Mr. Hopkins’ legacy and devotion to the College.
While his employment at Barton began in 1959 in college dining services, most of Mr. Hopkins’ tenure was spent as a devoted member of the campus landscaping/grounds team. When Mr. Hopkins retired on July 31, 2020, he left a legacy of commitment and service to the College that spanned six decades. To our knowledge, he is the only employee of Barton College to have served for that extraordinary length of time.
Over the years, countless graduates and employees have come to know the College through Mr. Hopkins’ dependable presence on campus. His service is an example for students to emulate, providing a clear example of how being committed and showing up each day is a valuable lesson desired by employees across the nation. To many, Mr. Hopkins represents the depth of relationships found within the Barton College family, and his commitment is the essence of the Barton spirit. Eddie Hopkins has left an indelible imprint on this campus, and his steadfast dedication and loyalty will be etched in our memory through the naming of this facility.
To recognize his years of service, employees, alumni, and friends of the College who want to make a gift in honor of Eddie Hopkins are encouraged to visit https://give.barton.edu/ to make a gift online. You may also mail a gift to the Office of Institutional Advancement, Barton College, PO Box 5000, Wilson, NC 27893, and earmark the check “in honor of Eddie Hopkins.” By designating a gift in Eddie Hopkins’ honor, you also will celebrate his enduring legacy of spirit and service.