Our Mission Statement
To make a positive impact within the local community by implementing educational, health, social and/or physical programs designed to improve the lifestyle of youth and senior citizens.
The Foundation was established and incorporated in 2001. It is a non-profit organization governed by a dedicated Board of Directors.
Who is Nece Hopson?
Henecia was affectionately known as “Nece” by her family and friends. She was a loving, energetic, and enthusiastic teenager that departed her life in October 1999. Throughout her life, she exemplified a true love for her family, friends, and others in need. She believed in giving, sharing and thinking of others before self.
The unselfish love shown by Nece during her 16 joyful years on earth, is the origin of the foundation. The foundation was established with a goal to demonstrate the same type of love in Nece’s memory. The goal will be accomplished through implementation of 16 designated programs/activities to benefit the Houston County community.
Nece is no longer with us in body, but her beautiful memories will always remain in our hearts. She will always be remembered as a loving, joyful teenager with a bright beautiful smile. During her life, she touched the lives of so many. Therefore, through her memory, the foundation’s mission is to make a difference by touching the lives of others, and thus creating a smile in someone else’s life.
Meet Our Board of Directors
Mr. Henry Hopson Jr. and Mrs. Brenda Hopson
Founders of the Nece Hopson Memorial Foundation and Proud Parents of the late Nece Hopson. Both are educated and multitalented. Henry Hopson Jr. is a graduate of Albany State University with a Bachelor in Mathematics. Brenda Hopson is also an alum of Albany State University and has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. Additionally Mrs. Hopson has a Master Degree in Logistics and Business Management from Georgia College and State University. Both Henry and Brenda Hopson have their lives dedicated to Houston County- Mr. Hopson is currently running his own State Farm Agency in Centerville while Mrs. Hopson is a retired Contract Manager of Warner Robins Air Force Base (RAFB). Together they carry on their daughter’s dream of helping the world.
Henry Hopson Jr.’s Favorite saying: Today is a great day; some days are better than others, but every day is a great day.
Brenda Hopson’s Favorite quote: “I can do things you cannot; You can do things I cannot; Together we can do great things.” – Mother Teresa.
Gladine Hunter Spyies
Retired Elementary Principal. BS and MS degrees from Fort Valley State University (FVSU) and Specialist degree from the University of Georgia (UGA).
Favorite saying: Kindness never expires!
LaRhonda W. Patrick
Attorney and Businesswoman with a passion for public service. She currently works for the City of Fort Valley as the City Attorney, Attorney for the Fort Valley Utility Commission and the City Solicitor for Municipal Court. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Pre Law from GA State University and earned a Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law. In her leisure time,
LaRhonda enjoys traveling, enjoying nature with her son and husband and spending time with family
Linda Banks Barnes
Retired as an Administrative Assistant of Fort Valley State University and Assistant Director of Community Outreach Homeless Shelter. I received my Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Albany State University (ASU); and Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Fort Valley State University.
Favorite Quote: “Life has no limitations except the ones you make.” -Les Brown
Isaiah Whittaker, Senior
Retired Manager and USAF Officer. Isaiah received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from InterAmerican University, San German, Puerto Rico and is a Graduate of USAF Officer Training School. He also has a Master of Arts Degree from Central Michigan, Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
Favorite saying: Super!
Favorite Scripture: I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. (John 9:4)
Board Member info Pending
Board Member info Pending