Anniston - A memorial service honoring the life of Laurelle Hardman Hampton, 87, will be held at noon on Friday, February 8, 2013, at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Anniston. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. Mrs. Hampton passed away Sunday, February 3, 2013, at Autumn Cove in Anniston. Survivors include her husband, Lloyd (Bud) Hampton and daughters, Lynn Lacher and husband, Pat, of Anniston, Peggy Travers and husband, Grahame, of Naphill, England; son, Tom Hampton and wife, Karen, of Barnesville, Ohio; grandchildren, Grady Lacher (wife, Peggy Miller Lacher), Patricia Roberson (husband, Keith), Sarah Hampton (husband, Daniel McCoy) and Naman Hampton (fiancé, Alyssa Gabai); great-grandchildren, Jana Miller, Tyde Lacher, Cyan Roberson, and Clay Roberson. Mrs. Hampton was a native of Milledgeville, Georgia and a graduate of Georgia State College for Women. She held two masters degrees, one from the University of Georgia, and the other from Atlanta University. For many years she was an elementary school teacher and librarian. She later became head of the Cataloging Department in the library at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Until she became ill, Mrs. Hampton was very active at St. Mark United Methodist Church in choir, Sunday school, and United Methodist Women. Following her move to Autumn Cove Assisted Living Center, she attended church with her husband whenever she could. The highlight of each day was her afternoon "date" with her husband. He always brought her a cold "frap" drink, and they spent the next hour holding hands and watching a favorite TV show. She remained interested in the lives of her family, and those around her at Autumn Cove. Mrs. Hampton had the ability to see great potential in everyone, and she would do everything she could to inspire. She was a member of the Anniston Book Club, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Georgia Retired Teachers Association, and the Alabama Retired Teachers Association. The family would like to thank Autumn Cove for the compassionate and loving care they provided for eight years. Countryside Hospice is also appreciated for their service. Donations may be made to St. Mark United Methodist Church Building Fund. Chapel Hill Funeral Home Will be servicing the Hampton family 256-820-5151 www.chapelhillfh.com
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Published in The Anniston Star on Feb. 6, 2013