Buddy Hampton passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020, at his home in Vicksburg surrounded by his family. Buddy was born June 2, 1948, in Vicksburg. He was 71 years old.
Buddy lived his entire life in Vicksburg. He was in the first graduating class at Warren Central High School in 1966. Afterward, he attended Hinds Community College where he obtained a Machinist degree.
Buddy and his wife, Dean, were married for over 50 years and lived in Vicksburg their entire married life. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. His passion after retiring was playing golf. He played as often as he could with his brother, Larry, and his long time friend, James Ray Brooks. When he traveled, he made sure to find a golf course along the route. He loved traveling with his daughter and her family. Amy and Barry made sure he visited almost all of the US states. He also was an avid hunter and loved to fish.
He worked at R. G. LeTourneau, Inc. until it was sold. He worked for a short time at Ricky’s Welding and Machine Shop before moving to the Hebler Machine Shop. Once the LeTourneau facility reopened after being purchased by Rowan Companies, Inc., Buddy returned to his old job. He stayed on after Rowan sold to Cameron Drilling Systems. He worked at this facility for over 40 years.
He was always there for his family whenever help was needed. He would help with mowing grass, trimming trees, working on yard equipment, minor plumbing, and electrical. He was always someone you could count on.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Mae Bell Morris Hampton and James Victor Hampton, Sr.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary A. “Dean” Lowery Hampton; his daughter, Amy Marie Hampton Marble; her husband, Barry James Marble; and grandson, William “Will” Hampton Marble; brother, Larry Hampton; four sisters, Patricia Keen, Sharon Evans, Linda Rowland, and Jewel Dean McCain (Fred); brothers-in-law, Ricky Lowery (Deb) and Odis Lowery, Jr.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family sends special thanks to Dr. Samuel Pierce and his staff; Terri Hendrix and Yvonne Dee with Encompass Hospice Care; Phelshia Coffee, Leonia Carter, Matilda Stewart, Eva Griffin, Carolyn Barnes and Regina Hawthorne for the outstanding care they provided Buddy during his illness.
A drive-through visitation will be held Monday, April 20, 2020, at 10 a.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be officiated by Dr. Matt Buckles. Buddy will be buried in Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Cole, Odis Lowery Jr., Todd Hoben, James Ray Brooks, Kent Turner and Earl Brewer.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, your local animal shelter or your church in his memory.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James “Buddy” Victor Hampton, Jr., please visit Glenwood Funeral Home’s floral store.