Ralph Love Hampton, of Erwin, passed away December 9, 2011. He was born on August 17, 1922, near Asheville, NC. and was the son of the late Oliver Merritt and Fushia Hensley Hampton. Ralph spent most of his life in Erwin, TN. with the exception of 1942-1947 when he was serving in the US Army infantry on the European Front.
In October 1947, Ralph married Ann Street, of Johnson City and began working on the Clinchfield Railroad where he retired after 34 years of service. The Hampton reared their children, Pamela and Timothy Oliver in Erwin, where they were members of the First Christian Church. Ralph served as a deacon and elder of the congregation for many years. Ralph and Ann spent their later years in Carter County; and he spent the last two years at the Colonial Hills Retirement Center in Johnson City.
Ralph was a member of Centennial Lodge 491 in Erwin, Chapter Council, Blue Lodge in Erwin, Knights Templar, York Rite in Johnson City, was a 32nd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite in Knoxville, as well as a past director of the Jericho Shrine in Kingsport, and a charter member of the Unicoi County Shrine Club in Unicoi.
Ralph was preceded in death by his wife Ann, his son Timothy, as well as his two brothers and three sisters.
He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Burrell, her children and grandchildren;
Timothy Burrell, wife Flavia, children Camilla, Amanda and Victor; Amy Burrell, husband Peter Ermey and sons, Joseph and Nicholas and Julianna Burrell and daughters Lena and Isla, all located in Bloomington, IN. Jennifer Burrell and daughters Natasha and Nicole live in Goiania, Goias, Brazil.Jonathan Burrell, wife Dorothy and son Jonathan live in Orlando, FL. He is also survived by nieces and nephews and their families.
Funeral Services for Ralph Hampton will be held on Monday, December 12, 2011 at 12:00 PM, at the First Christian Church, at Main and Depot St. in Erwin. Dr. David Roberts, Dr. William Gwaltney and Dr. Todd Edmundson will officiate. The family will receive friends at First Christian Church, from 10:30 until service time. Interment will follow immediately to Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial donations be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association, 6408 Pepermill Drive, Suite 230, Knoxville, TN 37919
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Ralph Love Hampton through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.