Raymond Hampton | TheUnion.com

Raymond Hampton

Visitation for family and friends of Raymond Sylvester Hampton of Grass Valley was held Wednesday at the Nevada City chapel of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. A Masonic funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the chapel. Graveside services will follow at the Greenwood Memorial Garden Cemetery in Grass Valley.

Mr. Hampton died Sunday, Jan. 27, in Grass Valley. He was 86.

He was born July 4, 1915, in Kansas City, Kan., to Elisha Ray and Florence Mabel Hampton. Mr. Hampton graduated from Hawthorne High School in Hawthorne. He married Mabel Varnau on June 11, 1984, in Reno. Mr. Hampton was retired from Pacific Bell Telephone Co. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 542 in North Hollywood and Nevada Lodge No. 13 in Nevada City. He was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers. He enjoyed golf, restoring old cars, fishing and camping.

He is survived by his wife, Mabel Varnau Hampton of Grass Valley; sons Donald R. Hampton of American Fork, Utah, Robert L. Hampton of Marysville, and Edward M. Hampton of San Juan Capistrano; sisters Anna Laura Bunt and June Jamerson of Grass Valley and Betty Finch of Smartville; and brother Larry Hampton of Mesquite, Nev.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Victorine Loretta McDonald Hampton, on Feb. 9, 1984; brother Merle Hampton; and parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Nevada Masonic Lodge No. 13 of Nevada City or Hospice of the Foothills.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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