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John Hopkins Sr., retired educator

John Hopkins Sr., 82, executive director of Pinellas Opportunity Council, and retired Pinellas County educator, died Tuesday (Oct. 13, 1992) at home.

His son, Leslie, said he died of heart failure.

Mr. Hopkins was with the Pinellas Opportunity Council since 1974 and had helped establish the Pinellas County Urban League, St. Petersburg Economic Development Corp. and the Pinellas Opportunity Council Federal Credit Union.

"He was a humanitarian, always caring for people and making sure they had food, shelter and clothing," his daughter, Frances Cato, said.

A native of Bartow, he came here in 1942 to accept the position of principal at Davis Elementary and was there for 10 years before he became principal at Sixteenth Street Junior High School. He retired in 1973.

"He made footprints on the sands of time as he endeavored to give inspiration to youths and assistance to the elderly and less fortunate," said Emanuel Stewart, former principal of Gibbs High and Hopkin's friend since 1948.

Before coming here, Hopkins taught elementary school in Frostproof and high school at Roosevelt High School, Lake Wales. He was principal and teacher at Fruitland Institute in Lake Alfred and Union Academy Elementary School in Bartow.

His many memberships included Florida Association of Community Action, Southeastern Association of Community Action Agencies, National Association of Community Action Agency and the Governor's Conference on Aging. He also was a former member of many school organizations.

Among his many awards and honors was one he received in 1954, the highest award given annually for outstanding and meritorious service in the field of education from his alma mater Florida Normal and Industrial Memorial College.

In addition to his son Leslie and daughter Frances, he is survived by three other sons, John Hopkins Jr., Washington, D.C., Ronald Hopkins, Bartow, Rudolph Bradley, St. Petersburg; three other daughters, Lynette Watkins, St. Petersburg, Kisha Hopkins, Tuskegee, Ala., and Sylisa Hopkins, Miami; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Sanchez & Son Funeral Directors, St. Petersburg, is in charge of arrangements.

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