GOD SMILED AT HIS BIRTH Robert Lee Hampton, the second child of (the late) William Hampton and Beatrice Haynes Hampton, entered this life on August 25, 1943 in Columbia, South Carolina.
GOD SMILED ON HIS EDUCATION Robert’s early education was in Columbia, South Carolina and then New York. He graduated from Morris High School in the Bronx, New York in June 1961.
GOD SMILED ON HIS SERVICE TO AMERICA Robert joined the United States Marine Corps on June 15, 1971, and was stationed in Cuba. Four years later on June 15, 1975, he was honorably discharged as Corporal E-4.
GOD SMILED ON HIS WORK After graduating, Robert worked as an Auxiliary Police Officer. He later began his employment with Dr. Posner Shoe Company as a salesman, and later became the Manager. In 1985, he became a Special Officer with the New York City Human Resources Administration, and on June 12, 1995, was promoted to Supervising Investigator. On January 25, 2008, he retired from New York City H.R.A.
GOD SMILED UPON HIS MARRIAGE Robert met Dorothy Mac in 1969. After a long courtship, he married his beloved Dottie on May 27, 1994. Robert would always say "Ask my wife; I can't do nothing without my wife".
GOD SMILED ON HIS CHRISTIAN WALK Robert received Christ and was baptized at early age. In the early 1960s, he joined Little Rock Baptist Church under the leadership of the founder (the late) Rev. George F. Lamb. Robert loved GOD, singing, and studying different bible translations. He sang on the Little Rock Young Adult Choir and Male Chorus in which he also served as President. On November 21, 1999, he was ordained a Deacon under the leadership of (the late) Rev. Charles B. Dawson. For a time, he served as Vice Chairman of the Deacon Board. After his retirement, he volunteered with the Little Rock Baptist Church’s “We Care Soup Kitchen”, and was fondly called "The Bread Man" by the clients. On February 25, 2018, Robert was presented with "The Preacher Man" award from Pastor G. Maurice McRae, Jr. for his many years of dedication and service to the Little Rock Baptist Church. Robert’s greatest joy was establishing Little Rock's annual Palm Sunday Senior Citizens Day in 1981. Believing that flowers should be given while alive, each senior would be presented with a flower, gift, and luncheon. Family, friends and nursing home seniors would be invited. He always sang one of two of his favorite songs: either "God Has Smiled On Me" or "Mother Don't You Worry About Me" at the service. In his younger years, Robert was a 32nd degree Mason at the Lion of Judah Lodge #40.
GOD SMILED ON HIS HOMEGOING Seeing that his work here was completed and he was getting tired, GOD dispatched His angels to carry Robert home early Saturday morning on October 10, 2020.
GOD IS SMILING ON HIS LOVED ONES Robert leaves to cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife Dorothy Hampton; one son Jesse Mack; three granddaughters: Dominique Mack, Jessica Brittingham (Charles), and Nia Mack; one great-granddaughter Athena; three sisters: Willie Mae Clark, Patricia Tart and Sara Hampton; two brothers: Lawrence Hampton and Stanley Hampton; one brother-in-law Allen Perkins; three sisters-in-law: Cathy Pritchard, Ondria Martin and Angelia Gay (Darnel); one aunt Bertha Burton; one uncle Isaac Giles; two goddaughters: Connie Ann Rhodes and Lakisha Nivens; three play sisters: Lessie Apple, Annie Stevenson King and Barbara Boston Walker; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, church family, and friends. His brothers: William Hampton and Benjamin Hampton preceded him in death.
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