Obituary for Robert John Hopkins of Southern Pines

Robert John Hopkins, of Southern Pines, passed away with his family by his side on Saturday January 15, 2022, at his home at the age of 75.

Dr. Hopkins was born in Sparta, TN on September 8, 1946 to the late Elmo and Mary Hopkins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bill, and his youngest daughter Robin.

He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and later was a professor at Limestone College in Gaffney, SC. He was professor and administrator for 37 years at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College (later University), serving as Vice President of Academic Affairs from 2003-2017. Dr. Hopkins was instrumental in establishing a program at Sandhills Community College where students could receive their 4-year degree from St. Andrew’s. He loved the Tennessee Vols, was an avid reader, and a fan of British comedies.

Dr. Hopkins held several positions of leadership at First Baptist Church Southern Pines, including Chairman of the Personnel Committee, Deacon, and Sunday School Teacher. 

He is survived by his wife Nancy Reid Hopkins, his eldest daughter Jennipher Isley and her husband Wayne of Snow Camp, NC, his brother Larry Hopkins and his wife Tamra, and niece Heather Biscoe of Bealeton and Bristow, VA, his step sons Todd Reid and his wife Colbey of Chicago, IL, and Timothy Reid and his wife Jeanna of Franklin, TN. He was blessed with grandchildren Holly and Holden Huffine of Burlington, NC and Ella and Emmy Reid of Franklin, TN. He loved his country roots and maintained strong ties to his hometown friends and family in Sparta, TN. Bob also loved annual summer beach trips with his extended Sheheen and Cox family of Camden, SC to Holden and Edisto Beaches.

A service of celebration will be held at 11 am Friday, January 21 at First Baptist Church Southern Pines officiated by Dr. David Helms and Dr. Tom Allen followed by an interment service at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Southern Pines.

The family would like to extend their gratitude for all the love and care provided by First Health Hospice and Palliative Care.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 200 East New York Ave. Southern Pines, NC 28387 and First Health Hospice and Palliative Care, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28387

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Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home in Southern Pines, NC. 

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