On a cool Monday morning, September 18, 2006, a band of angels came to take another child of God home as
they visited at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Medical Center. Not long after daybreak, they stopped in
Elder Clifton Hampton’s room and said, so sad, but the angels in Heaven greatly rejoiced as Brother Cliff came
Elder Clifton Hampton was born on January 6, 1924, and departed this life on September 18, 2006, making
his sojourn here 82 years, 8 months, and 12 days of age at his passing. Surviving are his wife of almost 60
years, Maxie Thomas Hampton; 3 sons, Randal (Linda) Hampton of Westchester, Ohio, Timothy (Judy) Hampton
of Bethel, Ohio, and Robert Hampton of Oxnard, California; and 1 daughter, Shelia Hollifield of Columbia,
Tennessee. Also surviving are 4 sisters, Lois Back and Betty Lou Morton of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jean Banks of
Dearborn Heights, Michigan, and Mertie Caudill of Jeremiah, Kentucky; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren;
and a host of nieces, nephews and friends to mourn his passing. He was preceded in death by his parents,
Alamander Hampton and Ranie Caudill Hampton, and 2 sisters, Laura Caudill and Lucy Hampton.
Brother Cliff, early in life, met, fell in love with, and married Maxie Thomas on November 27, 1946. Later in
life, he found something lacking in his life, began to seek the Lord, asking for his mercy, and in October, 1968
joined the Doty Creek Old Regular Baptist Church with an experience of grace. Some while later he felt the call
to the ministry, and was ordained in March of 1977. A while after that, he moved his letter to the Big Cowan Old
Regular Baptist Church, where he was a member until his death. He was a minister of 37 years. We will miss
him, but God has gained another angel. He truly kept the faith, finished his course with much patience, and won
the crown of righteousness. Now we certain feel he’s resting under the alter of God.
Many prayers, much love and kindness with great wisdom, and counseling was offered to younger brothers
by Brother Cliff. I think we’ve taken heed. He also gave us much support, and I thank God for being part of his
family and God’s.
Written by a brother in hope with love, Elder Merle Caudill.
|I believe he’s “Only Gone Away with a Friend.” That, and “Guide Me, O, Thou Great Jehovah” were two of his
most favorite songs.