Herschel Hampton, 82, of Magnolia passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at the CHI St. Michael Health System in TEXarkana.
Herschel was born on January 10, 1939 in the Mont Vernon community in Waldo. Herschel was employed with Furniture Land for several years before becoming a fireman. He began his 38 years of service with the Magnolia Fire Department in 1969 and served as fire chief for 27 years before retiring in 2006.
Herschel was a longtime and faithful member of the Bethel Church serving as Sunday school superintendent and as a board member. He assisted in establishing the Mount Vernon Volunteer Fire Department and served on the Fallen Fire Fighters Pension Board.
He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed mechanic work, and riding four wheelers with his grandchildren.
He was instrumental working with Buddy Franks to establish the Annual World Champion Steak Cook Off and volunteered his time for many years making the Magnolia Blossom Festival the success that it is today.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob Bethel and Lois (Johnson) Hampton; brothers, Horace Hampton, Kenneth Hampton, Terrell Hampton, and an infant brother.
Herschel is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lavenia Hampton; son, Randy Hampton; grandchildren, Chase Hampton and Collin Hampton, all of Magnolia; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
A visitation will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 15, 2021 at the Mount Vernon Cemetery with a graveside service to follow at 2 p.m. with Bro. David Hampton officiating and assisted by Bro. Caleb Cook under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. in Magnolia.
Pallbearers will be Collin Hampton, Chase Hampton, Greg Pinner, Chuck Creed, Charlie Clark and Randy Lann.
Memorial donations may be made to Mount Vernon Cemetery, 2611 Columbia Road 52, Waldo, AR 71770.