William “Bill” Reaves Hampton

William “Bill” Reaves Hampton was born September 26, 1936, to Clela Reaves and William Raby Hampton in Wichita Falls, Texas. He graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1954, then went to college at Texas A&M graduating in the Fighting Texas Aggie Class of 1958. He then attended Dallas School of Mortuary Science before going to work at the family funeral home Hampton- Vaughn in Wichita Falls, Texas, from 1960-1962.

He married Barbara Craven on January 19, 1962. Longing to “live the good life,” the newlyweds moved with their first son, Ronnie, to the family Rockin’ H Ranch in Coryell County. Bill loved ranching and raising his boys in the wholesome country. He and Barbara had two more sons, Randy and Rusty.

In 1971, they opened W.R. Hampton Bookkeeping & Tax Service in Lampasas, and a second location in Copperas Cove. The pair retired in 2008 and moved to Midlothian to be close to their grandchildren, Taylor, Raby and Riley, and to help his son, Randy, with the family business, Midlothian Funeral Home. Bill loved to watch his grandsons play baseball, and eat popcorn and watch westerns with them. He instilled a passion for education into each of their children and grandchildren, always encouraging them in their academic pursuits. He and Barbara could always be found sitting in their chairs with a book in hand and you better believe Bill had an article of maroon clothing on always honoring A&M.

He loved to travel and seek adventure. He and Barbara attended Aggie games at Kyle Field and traveled all over the country with his Corps of Cadets classmates. This past November he boarded a bus with the many cousins he loved dearly and they went to Branson, Missouri.

Bill believed in family and God, and defied all odds with the love and support of his family and his faith in God.

He is survived by sons, Ronnie Hampton and wife Penne, Randy Hampton and wife Michele, and Rusty Hampton and husband Buddy Mercer; grandchildren, Joseph Hampton and wife Katie, Benjamin Hampton, Taylor Shirley and husband Thomas, W. Raby Hampton II and Riley Hampton; great-grandchild, Samuel Hampton; and brother, Bob Hampton and wife Vera Jo. Bill had an enormous, large, loving family of cousins and their families.

Funeral services were held December 28, 2016, at the Midlothian Funeral Home chapel. A visitation was held 2-3:30 p.m. at Pearl Baptist Church in Pearl, Texas, with a graveside at 4 p.m. at the Pearl Cemetery on Thursday, December 29.

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