Lois Ann Hampton was born December 26, 1937, to Edna and Lois (Red) Montgomery, in Memphis, Tennessee. Lois Ann, as they called her during childhood, was a high achiever. She was a beautiful well liked young woman. She became Special Officer of her Sorority, Zeta Beta Theta. Lois attended and graduated from Central High School, in Memphis, Tennessee. After graduation, she worked at Wheel Brothers Cotton Company, at the Mississippi River way. Lois met James Wesley Hampton on a blind date. The two fell in love and married on June 30, 1961.
Lois was able to stay home and raise her daughter and son. She had a wonderful sense of humor, was artistic, sewed beautifully, gardened, made delicious meals, and enjoyed outdoor activities with her family. She also enjoyed fishing, swimming, skiing and camping. Lois was a creative writer and took classes to enhance her ability to write short stories. One of her favorite activities was dancing. She and James enjoyed dancing together and found family nights at the square dancing club to be fun filled with friends and music.
Lois cared deeply for her family and her parents. Although she struggled with lupus most of her life, she was a positive Godly influence and always encouraged her family to trust in the Lord with all their hearts. She and James would take every opportunity they could to involve their children in a loving, Christ centered community.
During the late 60s, Lois decided to study for a Licensed Practical Nurse degree. She accomplished this challenge, with a family, and went on to work as a nurse. Later, she took a job with IRS, HUD, and one of her favorites was being Executive Secretary to Colonels at Eglin Air Force Base, near Fort Walton.
Lois and James had many adventures together. They owned a service station, a grocery store and after moving to Florida started a carpet cleaning business. Lois was very supportive and encouraged new ventures. Before she became a secretary, she lost her voice, due to challenges with lupus. With therapy and rehab, she learned to speak again. Lois and James faced health challenges together and agreed to finish the race together. Their story is remarkable as they were married 60 years and died within four days of one another.
Lois Hampton is preceded in death by her parents Edna and Lois Montgomery, and son Jerry Warren Hampton. She is survived by her daughter, Alisa Hampton Moore, son-in-law Robert Moore, granddaughter Lorrie Fowler and husband Isaac Fowler, great grandsons, Asher James Fowler, Caleb Paxton Fowler, and Micah Zachery Fowler.
There will be a graveside service at Memphis Memory Gardens on September 11, 2021, at 10:00 am.
Thank you to the many friends and family who gave them the freedom to stay together and finish the race.