Ella Dee Hampton

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Ella Dee Hampton passed away peacefully Thursday, May 23, 2013, after a full and remarkable life. She was born on the family farm between Cape Girardeau and Jackson as Gladys Ella Dee Jones on Oct. 22, 1928, to the late Lester and Mae Jones, as the second of five children.
After selling her farmland to Southeast Missouri State University on which she was raised and lived, Ellie moved to Atlanta six years ago to be near her children and grandchildren.
She graduated from Jackson High School as the Silver Arrow Queen and Homecoming Queen during her senior year, prior to beginning her first job at the Cape Girardeau Bell Telephone Company, a predecessor to Southwestern Bell, and many mergers later, the first step of the AT&T corporate ladder.
She married Billy Gene Hampton in 1948 and together they had four children and operated Hampton's Bakery on Broadway for more than 25 years. Later she worked as a bookkeeper and antiques dealer, eventually returning to the "baby bell" family and retired after 15 years of service.
Ellie was a member of Centenary Methodist Church and later the New McKendree United Methodist Church and actively contributed as usher, greeter, and Vacation Bible School teacher over the years. She enjoyed participating in the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the American Revolution organizations and was very active in both cities' senior centers in retirement. Her many pursuits led to lifelong friendships and cherished activities with her three grandchildren.
Her son, Robert Keith Hampton and her former husband, Bill, preceded Ellie in death.
She is survived by her brother, Richard Jones; sisters Norma Jean Campbell, Shirlene Smith, Judy Black; sons, Billy Gene (Anne) Hampton of Cumming; Matthew David (Genevieve) Hampton of Marietta; daughter, Melissa Dee (Ross) Hampton Perlman of Suwanee; three grandchildren whom she adored, Jerry, Lori and Danny Hampton also survive.
An Ella Dee Celebration of Life memorial service and catered reception will be held at the family's Atlanta home at 5415 Villa Springs Court, Suwanee, GA 30024, Saturday, June 8, at 1 p.m., prior to remains placement.
In lieu of flowers or donations, Ellie requested food gifts for the fellowship of family and friends during her home going.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.byarsfuneralhome.com.
Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Forsyth County News from May 29 to June 1, 2013