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, Indiana while battling lung cancer. He is survived by a son, Bruce Hamphton of Washington State; granddaughters Becky Sue Papa of Pompano Beach, Florida; Angela Bailey and Abigail Hamphton of Crawfordsville, Indiana; and Melissa Muirhead and Cassandra Hamphton of Provo, Utah; and niece, Leslie Hahn of Lakewood, Colorado. He married Rosemary Jennings in 1948 after returning from his honorable Naval service to his country during World War II. They had 5 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 charity of your choice.