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Leonard Hampton Van Noppen
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Birth: Jun. 6, 1915
Rockingham County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 10, 2001
Guilford County
North Carolina, USA

Leonard Hampton Van Noppen, a former district court judge, died Nov. 10th 2001.
He was 86 years old and a resident of Wellspring Retirement Community in Greensboro.
From 1970 to 1982, Van Noppen, a Democrat, served as the original Chief Judge of the 17th Judicial District of North Carolina.
After his retirement as a full time judge, he was appointed an emergency judge by then Gov. Jim Hunt, and served in that capacity until 1996.
In his travels to some 71 counties around the state, Van Noppen began each session of court with a prayer until that practice was banned by the U.S. Supreme Court in Marsh vs. Chambers.
Van Noppen began practicing law in Stokes County in November 1937 and during that time served as County Attorney for 18 years and as the attorney for the Board of Education for 25 years.
He was elected as the Stokes County representative to the N.C. General Assembly in 1949. He served as County Solicitor in 1955 and 1956.
He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II. A lieutenant, he was on the old Midway before it was sunk and later was legal officer to Adm. Thomas Kincaid, Commander of Seventh Fleet, in Australia and New Guinea. Van Noppen was born in Leaksville, but later moved to Madison, was educated in the public schools there and graduated from Wake Forest Law School in 1937.
He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Walnut Cove, where he served both as a vestry member and a Sunday school teacher.
He was known as a compassionate judge during his many years on the bench. He tried to point out in his dispositions where the defendants went wrong and to temper justice with mercy. He heard later from some defendants that he changed the direction in which their lives were going.
Judge Van Noppen's wife, the former Emorie Pepper of Durham, died in 1989.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12th at Christ Episcopal Church on Summit Street in Walnut Cove. The family will receive friends following the service in the church parish house.
Burial in the Danbury Cemetery will be private. 
Family links: 
  John James Van Noppen (1871 - 1919)
  Annie Pearl Pratt Van Noppen (1886 - 1968)
  Nannie Emorie Pepper Van Noppen (1919 - 1989)*
  John James Van Noppen (1906 - 1975)*
  Thomas Pratt Van Noppen (1908 - 1980)*
  Charles Henry Leonard Van Noppen (1911 - 1911)*
  William Cornelius Van Noppen (1912 - 1953)*
  Leonard Hampton Van Noppen (1915 - 2001)
*Calculated relationship
Danbury Cemetery
Stokes County
North Carolina, USA
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Record added: Jun 29, 2011
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Leonard Hampton Van Noppen
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Leonard Hampton Van Noppen
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