Peter W. Hampton, 93, died peacefully at the Johnson City Medical Center on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, following an extended illness.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Margaret Hampton; a son, Bill Hampton, and a daughter, Dr. Harriette Hampton, of Ridgeland, Miss.; three grandchildren, Morgan Cowan, Meryl Cowan and William Hampton; a half brother, John Patrick Hampton; a daughter-in-law, Holly Hampton; a sister-in-law, Eleanor Hampton; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Ruby Walker Hampton and William Brownlow Hampton; his brother, Stuart Hampton; his half brother, Timothy Hampton; and nephew, Michael Hampton.
Mr. Hampton was an Eagle Scout and World War II Veteran, serving as a Naval Aviator in the Pacific Theatre. In 1947, he graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Mr. Hampton received a Bachelor of Law and Doctor of Jurisprudence from Vanderbilt University. In 1950, he was licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee and formed the firm of Hampton and Hampton with his brother, Stuart Hampton. During the course of his legal career, which spanned approximately 32 years, he was a member of the Tennessee and Carter County Bar Association and served as Elizabethton City Judge.
In 1963, Mr. Hampton was elected President and CEO of Security Federal Bank, a position he proudly held for 47 years. During his banking career, Pete helped many customers realize the dream of home ownership.
Mr. Hampton was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Elizabethton Rotary Club and the Cattlemenâ€™s Association. He enjoyed farming, his grandchildren and in his younger years an occasional round of golf.
The family will receive friends at the work site he considered a second home, Security Federal Bank, 632 E. Elk Avenue, Elizabethton, Tenn., on Friday, August 31, from 6 until 7:30 p.m. A private graveside service and interment will be held at a later date. The family respectfully requests memorial contributions are made to the organization which mentored him in youth and strengthened his strong code of ethics and love of community, The Boy Scouts of America. Gifts may be sent to The Boy Scouts of America Sequoyah Council in care of Carmella Price, Security Federal Bank, 632 E. Elk Avenue, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax to (423) 542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the Hampton family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.