William Hampton

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Major William Roy Hampton USAF (Ret.) - SAVANNAH - William Roy Hampton passed away December 3, 2012 at Candler Hospital suffering a fall Saturday evening at his residence. Born in Washington, NC on September 4, 1926, he was the son of Ruby and David Hampton. Bill was the definition of alternately poster boy for the Greatest Generation. Having joined the Navy in 1942, he served three years in the Pacific theater during World War II leaving the Navy after the war to complete his education. He then enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp (now the United States Air Force) completing Officers Candidate School. Bill continued his career in the Air Force while attending North Carolina State University and graduating from the University of Nebraska. Bill served in the Army Air Corp during the Korean War and Vietnam Conflict. While his responsibilities were varied his assignments included U.S. Air Force intelligence and as navigator of B-47 (over 2000 hours) and the C1-41 Stratolifer (over 1000 hours). His achievements and commendations during his service career include numerous decorations. Upon retiring from the service after Vietnam Conflict Bill was employed by Chatham County, first as assistant to the County Administrator, and then was responsible for setting up the County's Records Management Department and managing same until his retirement. He lived by an ideal stressing honor, duty, country, and family, and will be remembered by all who knew him for his high standards and great integrity that set his life's course. He was a true American and loved his country. Bill was a Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite and the American Philatelic Society. His love for flying was always with him. The highlight of his later life was what he called his final checklist and pre-flight, made possible by his caring friends, Bob and Alice Jepson. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, of 46 Hattie Blenk Hampton, of New York City. He is also survived by his only child and love of his life, Kim Hampton Gay, and her husband, Edgar L. T. Gay. Bill is also survived by his adopted daughter, Diana Bell, and good friend Gus Bell, who was a great comfort and source of joy to him over the past several years. He is also survived by his other son-in-law, Charles E. Gay, III and his wife, Dorothy, niece, Ann Gay Poodiack and her husband Jason, of Washington, D.C., nephew Charles Taylor Gay and his wife Jennifer Brett, of Atlanta, GA, his god-children, Tanya Glaize, and her sisters, Pam Martino, Tara Callen Driver, Justin Callen, and Elizabeth Newell, and his constant companion Bebe. His lifelong friends, Harry and Jane King, and Frank and Billy McNeal. Caring friends, Eddie and Robbie Culver, Ruth Quattlebaum, Gene and Cathleen Slivka, Becky Cheatham, Helen Stone, and Lis and Jim Overton. Special thanks to General Wick Searcy and wife Camille, and the staff of First City Capital. The family wishes to thank all of the doctors and caregivers for their care and especially Dr. M.A. Masroor who added a number of quality years of life to the enjoyment of his family. They would also like to thank Leroy Fickling, Christine Washington, and Dora Sheppard for their love and devotion to Bill. Graveside Service will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 7, 2012 at Bonaventure Cemetery. Celebration of his life following the service at Diane and Gus Bell's home, 124 W. Gaston Street, Savannah, GA. In lieu of flowers please make any donations to the Humane Society of Savannah/Chatham County, Hospice Savannah, Inc., or the donor's favorite charity. Savannah Morning News December 6, 2012 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannnahnow.com/obituaries.
Published in Savannah Morning News on Dec. 6, 2012
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