Deacon Stacey Raynard Hampton, Sr. was born March 6, 1960 in Columbia, South Carolina. He was the eldest of two children born to Margaret Mack Hampton and the late Deacon Roosevelt Hampton. After an extended illness and battle with heart-disease, Stacey peacefully transitioned into eternal rest on Monday, March 16, 2020, at PRISMA Health Heart Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina.
Stacey was reared in the Hopkins Community of Lower Richland South Carolina, and educated in Richland County Public Schools. He was a proud 1977 graduate of Lower Richland High School, where he was a member of the Diamond football team and a bus driver. After high school, Stacey continued his education and earned an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Midlands Technical College. He began his professional career at Independent Life Insurance Company and was recognized as being a “Million Dollar Salesperson” three consecutive years during his tenure. Stacey then went on to work as Manager of Three Guys Groceries for several years. Later, Stacey began working in the banking industry, first at Paramount Acceptance where he worked as Training Coordinator and Director. His career paths continued at Republic Services of Columbia where he worked as a Collections Manager and then Resource Processing Group as Customer Service Manager. At the time of his medical retirement, he was employed with Carolina First Bank (now TD Bank) where he worked as a Customer Service Manager.
Stacey was a lifetime member of New Light Beulah Baptist Church, where he surrendered his life to Christ at an early age. As a member of New Light Beulah, Stacey served as a former President of the Youth Ministry, Youth Choir, member of the Men’s Ministry, Finance Committee, Pastor’s Aide, and Trustee Ministries. After years of membership and dedicated service to the New Light Beulah, he was ordained as a Deacon in December of 2016. Deacon Hampton, continued to serve “God’s People” and share God’s love with all whom he came in contact.
During his youthful years, Stacey was a semi-pro bowler, and certified Life-guard, as Stacey grew older; his interest expanded into golfing and he became a “self-proclaimed” gardener. Nothing provided a greater pleasure for him, than to spend time with his family and friends. Stacey embraced an unsurpassable love for children; his greatest joys were becoming a father and earning the titles “Pop” from his sons and “PaPa” from his granddaughter.
In July 2013, when doctors told Stacey and his family they had done all they could do for him medically, Stacey was transferred from Providence Hospital to the Heart Hospital at Palmetto Health Richland. On that gloomy rainy day, it was there he met Stephany Branham, P.A. and his life was forever changed. We were introduced to Dr. Jeffery Martin and the Richland LVAD Team. After a lifesaving operation, Stacey emerged as the 7th LVAD Patient in Columbia, SC. He was given a new release in life, and he used every day to help others. He served as a patient liaison for the clinic, by talking to others who were considering getting the LVAD. He was a gentle giant, who spoke to them passionately about what it was like to live with the LVAD. He had become a part of the LVAD community and always shared his affection and love for those who were a part of the wonderful LVAD team. God had given Stacey another 7 years to love, laugh, share with others and praise God for the prolonging of his life. He was grateful!
Stacey was also preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Deacon Joseph and Rosie Bell Howell Hampton; and his maternal grandparents, Deacon Paul, Sr. and Lucille Duncan Mack.
Stacey leaves a legacy of love and cherished memories to his dedicated, loving and devoted wife of eight wonderful years, Carketa Mickle Hampton of the home; two caring sons, Stacey “Ray” Hampton, Jr. of Savannah, GA; and Sterling J. Hampton of Columbia, SC; and their mother, Monica F. Hampton of Columbia, SC; two loving daughters, Leah C. McCullers, Hopkins, SC, and Michelle (Dr. Thomas) Easley, Raleigh, NC; two granddaughters, Royah Kalise McCullers, Hopkins, SC, and Eden Segbefia, New York, NY; his loving mother, Margaret M. Hampton, and his loving sister, Clarissa L. Hampton, both of Hopkins, SC; four loving aunts, Elaine K. Hampton, Myrann Hampton, Betty R. Mack, and LaMaris S. Mack all of Columbia, SC; a host of loving cousins and other relatives and dear friends, all of who will miss his presence, but celebrate his “ Victory!”
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