Man remembered from afar by college student

Published 5:56 pm Saturday, December 27, 2008

By Staff
Talks to university peers about him
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Blounts Creek resident Leonard Hopkins received a pleasant surprise for Christmas.
Former Washington resident Emily Walker, a junior at the University of Arkansas, delivered a speech about Hopkins in a college class. She is the daughter of Lisa (Fulcher) and Robbie Walker. The Walkers moved from Washington several years ago.
Walker sent a copy of the speech to Hopkins.
At the end of a school day, Walker would ride a school bus from Eastern Elementary School, where she was a student, to John Cotten Tayloe Elementary School, where her mother was a teacher, and wait for her mother to finish work so she could ride home with her mother.
Hopkins and Walker became friends during the time that Walker was waiting for her mother.
Hopkins, 60, who is a shipping and receiving coordinator with the Beaufort County Schools today, was a custodian then at John Cotten Tayloe Elementary School.
He said all of the school children were special.
However, Hopkins said his friendship with Walker is especially close. Hopkins said he really forged a friendship with Walker while she was waiting for her mother to complete her work.
Throughout the years, Hopkins said he anticipates his friendship with Walker to be maintained.