James Hamphton

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James Lloyd Hamphton

James Lloyd Hamphton was born in Fowler, Indiana on April 10, 1924, to Miriam Francis (White) and James Fredrich Hamphton and passed awy on November 16, 2012, in Crawfordsville while battling lung cancer.

He is survived by a son, Bruce Hamphton, of Washington State; granddaughters, Becky Sue Papa, of Pompano Beach, Fla., Angela Bailey and Abigail Hamphton, of Crawfordsville; and Melissa Muirhead and Cassandra Hamphton, of Provo, Utah; and niece, Leslie Hahn, of Lakewood, Colo. He married Rosemary Jennings in 1948 after returning from his honorable Naval service to his country during World War II. They had five children together. Sons, Dana Scott, James Lloyd Jr. and Jeffrey Scott all preceded him in death as did his sole daughter, Victoria Lynn Hamphton in September of this year.

Known to many by the misnomer nickname, "Fatty," coined by son Jim Jr. decades ago, Jim was a consummate tease and a raconteur who could spin yarns with the best of them. In his years, he commanded numerous enterprises ranging from operating a floating circus with stops in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and pre-Castro Cuba only a short time prior to the revolution, to the owner/manager of car lots, boat lots and auto bodyshops along the way. A lifelong creative entrepreneur who embodied new meaning to the word "stubborn," Jim was a loving and loyal son and brother, and a much-beloved friend to many during his 88 years. He selflessly helped countless others while possessing little materially himself.

Jim will be buried in his hometown in the Fowler Cemetery near his mother, step-father, Leslie R. Stack and his sister, Mary Jane Robertson. In accordance with his wishes, the family will hold a private graveyard service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Wounded Warrior Project (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org) or .

Published in the Journal & Courier from Nov. 19 to Nov. 21, 2012
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