District Mourns Passing of Albert 'Butch' Hopkins

7/3/2012, 2:42 p.m.

A memorial service will be held Friday, July 6 for Albert R. "Butch" Hopkins, who passed away last week at age 71.

At the time of his death on June 28, Hopkins -- a fourth generation Washingtonian -- was president and CEO of the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) where he had served since 1969. Hopkins, a graduate of Howard University where he also earned a law degree, was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. In May, the city designated the 1800 block Martin Luther King Avenue in Southeast as Butch Hopkins Way.

Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry, who issued a statement on Hopkins' passing, praised him a dear friend who will be sorely missed by the community.

"As the president and CEO of AEDC, as well as one of the founders of the Anacostia Coordinating Council, Butch Hopkins has been in the forefront of moving the Anacostia community forward for decades," said Barry. "His efforts have resulted in unsurpassed economic development, entrepreneurial opportunities and jobs that not only benefit Ward 8, but the city overall. Butch Hopkins was loved, admired and respected in the Anacostia community and throughout the city."

Hopkins is survived by his son, Mark Hopkins and his daughter Michelle Hopkins Lawrence, six grandchildren; and his sisters, Althea Holland and Barbara Hopkins.

A celebration of Hopkins' life will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, July 5 at Joseph Gawler's Sons Funeral Home, 5130 Wisconsin Ave. in Northwest. The memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Matthew's Cathedral, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. in Northwest.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Butch Hopkins Memorial AEDC Scholarship Fund, c/o AEDC, 1800 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20020.