Former restaurant employee remembered by co-workers

By Gary Scott on August 31, 2015 at 1:39pm

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Co-workers of a former Jacksonville employee who recently died showed how much they cared by setting up a roadside memorial over the weekend.

Twenty-eight-year-old Amanda Hopkins passed away last Tuesday after working at the Jacksonville McDonald’s for seven years.

Miranda Allen, the restaurant’s general manager, tells WLDS-WEAI News that employees wanted to go to the funeral, so management brought in workers from other stores to cover their shifts.

Hopkins’ funeral was held in Jacksonville, and the burial was held in Murrayville. After Hopkins’ family announced the funeral procession would pass by the McDonald’s on West Morton, Allen says she contacted the shift manager for that day to allow Hopkins’ former co-workers to pay their respects.

“We  just decided it would be a good idea if we got all the employees that were working to go stand outside while the hearse passed outside McDonald’s. Some of the customers were out there as well,” Allen says.

Allen says Hopkins was a very dedicated employee who always had a smile on her face.

“She loved joking around with the other employees and the customers. A lot of the customers just found out what happened, and they got extremely emotional about it.She was a great person to be around, she was a big ray of sunshine, she always had multi-colored hair that kind of went with her personality,” she says.

“We always say we are each others ‘McFamily’. Some of us see each other more than we see our own families. It’s really moving to see how much we can all come together when something like this happens,” Allen continues.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to cover the funeral expenses being incurred by the family of Amanda Hopkins.