William Howard Hampton formerly of Fort Gay
William Howard Hampton, 95, of Tampa, Florida, passed away on April 23, 2011. He was a native of Fort Gay, West Virginia and a longtime resident of Tampa, Florida. Mr. Hampton is preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters. He is survived by his loving family: wife, Amanda Walker Hampton (a native of Genoa, West Virginia), Tampa, Florida, daughter, Linda Sweet, Tampa, Florida, son and his wife, Ronnie & Gayle Hampton, Wildwood, Florida, daughter and her husband, Theda & George Damien, Tarpon Springs, Florida, daughter, Yelena Hampton, Tampa, Florida, son, Peter Hampton, Tampa, Florida. “PawPaw” was a grandfather to seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were held on April 28, 2011, with his sons and grandsons serving as pallbearers.
Interment followed at the Florida National Cemetery, in Bushnell, Florida. William Howard Hampton was proud of his Native American Indian heritage. He took pride in his talents as an artist and a carpenter. Serving in the United States Army during World War II, he was awarded medals: American Service for WWII, Good Conduct, European African Middle Eastern Campaign, Victory WWII, Occupation WWII, Four Bronze Stars.
Most importantly, William Howard Hampton was a Christian. We were so fortunate to have had him for so many years. However, he was just a temporary gift - on loan from God. He was ready to return to his Creator and there is no doubt that he is at peace. Our hope and comfort is knowing that we will all be reunited again one day.