Johnie Wayne HamptonFayetteville, AR, 1941 - 2022
Johnie Wayne Hampton, age 80, of Fayetteville, Ark., departed this life on November 6, 2022. He was born in 1941 in Oil Trough, Ark., the son of Johnny Lewis and Anna Mae "Shug" (Crabtree) Hampton.
John graduated with the class of 1960 in Newport, Ark., where he was class president, a celebrated athlete and an honor graduate. He was proud to be a United States Air Force veteran. He attained the rank of staff sergeant where he was crew chief of a C130 airplane and served several tours in Vietnam from 1963-1967. He married Joan Jimerson Hampton in 1967 and they raised four beautiful children together. He retired from Production Credit Association and enjoyed deer hunting, collecting guns, attending all his children's sporting events and cheering on the Razorbacks. He loved antiquing and beautifully restoring furniture. He married Betty Kay (Jones) Gillihan in 2015 and they enjoyed traveling, dinners with friends and cheering on the Razorbacks together. John was a devoted Christian who read his Bible cover to cover more than once and raised his children to serve the Lord.
John is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers Kenneth Hampton, Bob Hampton, Charles Hampton, Bill Hampton; and one sister, Mary Jo (Hampton) Shaw.
He is survived by his wife Betty Kay Hampton of Fayetteville, Ark.; his first wife Joan Jimerson Hampton of Wynne, Ark.; one son, Johnie Wayne Hampton II and his wife Krystal Hampton of Tulsa, Okla.; three daughters, Joni Hampton Williams of Wynne, Ark., Juli Hampton Atkinson and her husband Brant of Tulsa, Okla., and Jeni Hampton Cobb and her husband Kasey of Fort Myers, Fla. He was affectionately known as "Big John" to his eight grandchildren Hana (Williams) Settles and her husband Frank, Hunter Williams, Zane Hampton, Grayson Hampton, Avery Atkinson Brown and her husband Eli, Riley Atkinson, Ally Quick and Brady Quick. In 2015, when John and Betty Kay married, he acquired a bonus family; Mark Gillihan, Shannon Gay, Kasey Robinson (husband Stacey Robinson), five grandchildren Zared Gay, Rachel Harris (husband Chance), Andrew Gillihan, Owen Bell and Jax Robinson; and four great- grandchildren Zeva and Iris Gay, Raylen and Ellis Harris.
Memorials may be made to Hope Cancer Resources in Springdale, Ark., the Springdale Animal Shelter, or The Circle of Life Hospice Home at Legacy in Bentonville, Ark.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 10th at Moore's Chapel in Fayetteville, Ark., followed by the service at 11 a.m. Graveside service will be held on Veteran's Day, Friday, November 11 at Maple Springs Cemetery in Oil Trough, Ark.
To place an online tribute, please visit www.bernafuneralhomes.com
Published November 8, 2022
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