A Going Home Celebration for Charles Horace Hampton Jr. will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Crestwood Chapel. Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Services will be led by the Revs. Charles Smith, Jerald Adams and Billy Hunt. Crestwood Memorial Funeral Home is in charge.
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He grew up in Alabama City and graduated in 1960 from Emma Sansom High School, where he was quarterback for the Rebel football team. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served for four years. Semper Fi! After his honorable discharge, he went to work at Republic Steel as a welder and retired with 35 years service. He always felt grateful to have a job he enjoyed and to work with men he liked and respected.
He was a man of many talents and interests. He developed a love of trains from his Dad and together they were members of "Hoboes of America," where many lifetime friendships were made. In later years, he was a member of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association and enjoyed traveling across the country to Mountain Man Rendezvous.
He was a longtime member of Paden Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He was a member of Dwight Masonic Lodge, where he served two terms as Master. Also, the Red Cross of Constantine, Knights of the York Cross of Honour and Gadsden York Rite Mason, where he helped many people through the years who needed eye surgery through the Knights Templar Eye Foundation.
He would tell you that his greatest accomplishment in life was his children. He loved you deeply and unselfishly and was so very proud of the adults you have become. You gave him the gift of his grandchildren, and his heart overflowed with the joy of them.
He was preceded in death by his Daddy and friend, Charles Horace Hampton Sr.; and his beloved brother, Joe Hampton.
Survivors are his dearly loved Mother, Ruby Hampton; wife and companion of 46 years, Kathy Riley Hampton; children, Charles Horace "Chuck" Hampton III, Daniel Riley Hampton and Holly Rebecca Hampton Ciotta; grandchildren, Alaina Kathryn Hampton and Cole Dominick Ciotta; sisters Priscilla Wofford and husband, Vernon, Elizabeth Drexler and Betty Williams; brother, Jack Hampton and wife, Maggie; sisters-in-law, Iris Wagnon, Phyllis Riley, Ellen Riley and Jennie Lou Riley; brothers-in-law, Herbert, Lavon, Gerald and Jack Riley; many loved nieces and nephews; and a special uncle and aunt, Kenneth and Betty Mace.
Pallbearers will be Cole Ciotta, Barney Martin, Lavon Riley, Vernon Wofford, Mike McCormick and Steve "Virginia Slim" Anderson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Green; Deacons of Paden Baptist Church; members of his exercise group; Hobo Friends Karl "Tramp Printer" Schwede and Tommy "Ink Man" Maras; Rendezvous Friends Bill Criss and George Cobb; and Buck Humphries and Benny Norton.
A very special thank you to the staff of MICU and sixth floor at Gadsden Regional Medical Center; you are a credit to you profession. Also, to Dr. Webb Sledge and his staff for their care and compassion through the years.
Published in The Gadsden Times on Nov. 22, 2012