HAMPTON ~ Known for his infectious ability to move spirits and hearts while leading devotional hymns and prayers, Deacon John Hampton faithfully served New First Corinth Missionary Baptist Church for more than sixty years. If there was only one thing to be said of this amazing man, it would be that Deacon Hampton was a man of God. Born May 23, 1931, in St. Matthews, South Carolina, to James and Minnie Hampton. John’s childhood provided a foundation for a lifetime of hard-work and persistence. November 2, 1956, Deacon Hampton wed the love of his life, Pearlie Mae Webb, and from their union, three children were born.
An excellent father, he modeled a strong work ethic. For most of his professional life, he worked long, laborious hours to provide for his family, but he never complained. He was a United States Army Veteran and retired as a supervisor from the City of Jacksonville. Deacon Hampton worked for Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Florida Times Union, and Yellow Cab Services.
His disposition and love for God’s Word entreated many to the knowledge of Christ. At New First Corinth, he served on the usher board ministry, as director of the youth department, as a Sunday school teacher, the Leader of Districts 6 and 16, Chairman of the deacon board for over twenty-five years, and most recently, Chairman Emeritus. Deacon Hampton was also affiliated with the Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Joshua Lodge #193 AF&AM of the Florida Jurisdiction, Inc.
At the end of his life, Deacon John Hampton took days to reflect on childhood memories, matters of the heart, and lifetime experiences. During this time, he meditated on the Word of God and resided in a supernatural state of peace. Truly, God was preparing a place of eternal rest for his servant. Early in the quiet morning hours of Monday, November 30, 2020, God called Deacon Hampton home, and he slipped away in his sleep. Deacon Hampton had an “Enoch” experience and after walking with God, he was not to be found in his earthly body, but in the presence of the Resurrection and the Life.
Deacon John Hampton has left behind many beautiful and heartfelt moments that his loved ones can cherish forever. He is preceded in death by his wife, Pearlie Mae Hampton; son, Coy Hampton; parents, James and Minnie Hampton; and brothers, Ulysses, Jay, and Matthew Hampton. Among those who will cherish his memory include children, Cathy Cockfield and Noel Hampton (Brenda) of Jacksonville Florida; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren; brother, Eugene Hayward (Ernestine) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
Celebration of Life Service for Deacon John Wesley Hampton will be Friday, 10:00 AM, December 11, 2020 at New First Corinth Missionary Baptist Church, 6119 Bagley Road, Pastor Christopher Gage, Sr. Family will receive friends Thursday at The Church from 5 – 7 PM. Interment at Jacksonville National Cemetery, Friday at 1:00 PM. Because of the love of his family, arrangements entrusted to J. E. Fralin & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services, 5065 Soutel Drive, 904.924.9400.
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