Rev. Donald Ray Hampton Sr.


Services for the Rev. Donald Ray Hampton Sr., 40, Tyler, are scheduled for noon Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at North Star Missionary Baptist Church with Dr. S.L. Curry Jr. officiating.

Burial will be in Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery under direction of Community Funeral Home of Tyler.

Rev. Hampton died Jan. 8, 2011.

He was born Nov. 3, 1970, in Baton Rouge, La., to Spencer and Estell Hampton and had resided in Smith County since 1977. He attended Winona High School, Bish Mathis Business School and Tyler Junior College. He worked as a print media specialist at Brookshire Grocery Co. and was pastor of North Star Missionary Baptist Church.

Rev. Hampton previously was pastor of Powell Chapel Baptist Church, Winona, Mount Olive Baptist Church, Tyler, and New Hope Bullard Baptist Church, Bullard. He was a great supporter of the Original East Texas Baptist Association (OETBA), where he served as special assistant to the moderator, and as third vice moderator. He also served as co-chairperson for the OETBA Recognition Banquet. He was a member of Tyler Planning and Zoning Commission, Boy Scouts of America-East Texas Area Council and Orr Elementary School PTA committee. He also campaigned for a seat on the Tyler Independent School District board.

Survivors include his wife, Demetra L. Hampton, Tyler; son, Donald Ray Hampton II, Tyler; daughter, Allison Camille Hampton, Tyler; mother-in-law, Ms. Johnnie M. Brinson, brother-in-law, Patrick Redmon, niece, Ashley Redmon, all of San Augustine; uncle, H.J. Hampton (Charlesetta) of Dallas; aunts, Laura Arps, Frances Arps, Christine Cross, Helen Bell, Johnnie Bell, all of Tyler; "adopted" family, Ann Lockett-Williams of Longview; Channing Curry, Dabarah Jones, Daniel Runnels, the Rev. James Cook, and Monica Ballinger, all of Tyler; Jeanette Moore, Winona; and many, many other family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jan. 13, 2011