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The Rev. Charles E. Hopson Dies

The pastor at the Calvary Baptist Church, he was also a police department chaplain and worked in Southampton.

The Rev. Charles E. Hopson, the pastor of the in East Hampton, died unexpectedly on Monday.

The flags in the Town of East Hampton are flying at half-staff on Tuesday in honor of Hopson, who also served as the 's chaplain.

He was 59, according to Town Police Chief Ed Ecker.

Supervisor Bill Wilkinson said he would ask for a moment of silence for Hopson at the town board work session on Tuesday.

"I was fortunate to know Rev. Hopson and I not only valued his position as a pastor in the Calvary Baptist Church, but I valued his position as a leader in the community in the Town of East Hampton. He will be sorely missed," Wilkinson said earlier on Tuesday.

He also worked as the head custodian at .

Hopson is survived by his wife Sheila Hopson and three children; Detective Earl Hopson Jr., Shatina Hopson Moore and Shalyn Hopson.

The police chief said that Hopson had been the chaplain since 2004, but that he had known Hopson since the 1970s. "He really was a great man. He was not only great for the community, but he was a great spiritual leader of the police department."

Services will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church, 60 Spinner Lane, East Hampton. Visitation will take place on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and a funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Marvin Dozier officiating. Internment will follow at the Edgewood Cemetery on Edgewood Road in Bridgehampton. in Southampton is handling the details.

Nina Strong July 03, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Earl Hopson was a good man and a leader in this community. He will be sorely missed. My condolences go out to Sheila, his children and his congregation.
sally July 03, 2012 at 05:35 PM
saddened to hear of rev hopsons passing ,a kind gentle man,thoughts &prayers to his loving family &friends
Sue Guyer July 03, 2012 at 06:19 PM
So sorry to hear of Earl's passing. The community's of BH & EH has lost a wonderful person as has his family. RIP Earl, I know you will be continuning your work with HIM. Sheila and their families will be in our prayers.
amy salle July 03, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Rest in peace. May his family find strength and love during this very difficult time.
The Rev. Msgr. Donald Hanson July 03, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Condolences to Pastor Hopson's family--his natural family and his spiritual family. His death comes as a shock and a sadness. Msgr. Donald Hanson, Pastor, Most Holy Trinity RC Church
JAMES T. REISTER July 03, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Earl was always such a happy person and his smile was always contagious. He's irreplacable in our community and we can only hope that his spirit shines in others that he has touched.
Corinne July 03, 2012 at 09:09 PM
My prayers go out to the Hopson family and his Church family at Calvary Baptist Church. Pastor Hopson touched many many lives and was such a Blessing to all. Rest in Peace .. Corinne Alversa Wizelius from Living Water Church,Wainscott
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 10:33 PM
This article has been updated with service information.
Darryl Nelson July 03, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Earl Hopson was my cousin and lived a great life. He was a role model as a young man. I offer my prayers and condolences to his extended family.
Coach Nic July 03, 2012 at 11:52 PM
My thoughts and Prayers go out to the Hopson family. May Rev. Hopson rest in peace with the Lord that he served so well for so many years. Jim Nicoletti
Shrinkgirl July 04, 2012 at 12:08 AM
You always welcomed me when I felt like singing some Gospel. I would feel "called" to visit your beautiful church. And Thanks for the amazing Martin Luther King celebrations. They were always special and we always gathered at the end to sing together. We felt transformed, connected, hopeful.
Linda Biscardi Fuller July 04, 2012 at 01:07 AM
A man whose heart was full of grace, whose soul was filled with love. My deepest sympathies to the Hopson Family and to our community. Linda Biscardi-Fuller
Charc66 July 04, 2012 at 01:23 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with the Hopson family. May he rest in peace
Rev. Dr. Katrina Foster July 04, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Our whole community mourns with the Hopson Family. "Rest grant him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him." The Rev. Dr. Katrina Foster, Incarnation Lutheran Church, Bridgehampton St. Michael Lutheran Church, Amagansett
Chris Tracey July 04, 2012 at 08:47 AM
Rev. Hopson was an inspiring church and community leader. His untimely passing is a terrible loss to his family and this community. His family and congregation are in my thoughts and prayers. Chris Tracey.
Rick Hoyt July 04, 2012 at 12:27 PM
So Sorry To Hear The Passing Of This Very Kind And Great Man He was An Inspiration, Thinking Of His Family During This Time.Kindest Of Regards.
Kathy Egan July 04, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Kathy Egan Sheila, I send my deepest sympathy to you and your family. My prayers are with all of you.
Cantor Debra Stein July 04, 2012 at 01:29 PM
My deepest condolences to the congregational family and the immediate family of Rev. Hopson, may he rest in peace. His presence will be missed here on the East End.
Selena Rothwell July 04, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I knew Rev. Hopson as a loving father and husband. My thoughts and heart are with Sheila, Shayla, Shatina and Earl.
Marie Riddick July 04, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I found Earl to have a kind and gentle spirit, he will be missed by family, friends and the community. My prayers and thoughts are with the family.
MARTIN DREW July 04, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Sad News ... R.I.P knowing the community is blessed by his kindness and sincerity . Best wishes to his family in this unexpected loss .
Sandie Gilliam July 04, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Earl was a kind and loving person, he always greated you with a warm and loving smile. He loved his family and was always glad to see you. My condolences to Sheila, his chilren, and all other family and friends. R.I.P. cousin, you will be missed.
Audrey Stonemetz July 04, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Condolences to The Hopson Family! To his Church he served with Pride! Rest in Peace Rev! You will be missed by the community in which you have served! And served so well!
Lorraine Smalls July 04, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I want to take the time to say what a wonderful nephew Earl was. He will be so so sorely missed whenever I came to East Hampton I always enjoyed seeing his face and his bright smile. I also enjoyed our conversations whether they were lighthearted or of a serious nature. Your job was well done nephew rest in peace in the arms of our father. Love you always Lorraine
Kathy July 04, 2012 at 05:30 PM
My Condolences to the Hopson Family. I worked with Earl at the Southampton High School for a good number of years, he was alway kind, thoughful and careing of those he worked with, he will be missed by many and I will miss his smile and frendlyness. RIP Earl we will miss you.
bernette July 04, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Good man good father good husband .what more is there to say he will be missed god speed to you .
Dana Kalbacher July 05, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Rev Hopson..I will miss your big smile! My prayers to Sheila and family. As someone said to me today.."it can all change in the twinkle of an eye.."..Rest in Peace..
lauren July 05, 2012 at 02:38 PM
a lovely, lovely man with the brightest smile. my condolences to his family
Carol A. Price July 06, 2012 at 11:33 PM
My heart goes out to Pastor Hopson's wife Sheila and children. He will be watching over his family and all who came into his reach for help and guidence. REST IN PEACE EARL. Carol Squires Price, Saco, Maine
Sheryl Hastalis July 10, 2012 at 06:32 PM
I am so saddened to hear of Pastor Hopson's passing. My heart goes out to Shelia, and her children. May they hold always their many memories of his light and laughter.

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