Major David Alonza Hampton, 80, of Tuscaloosa, passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2021, with family and friends around him. His funeral will be held Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 3 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi University Parish in Tuscaloosa. Burial will follow in Bear Creek No. 1 Baptist Church Cemetery. Magnolia Chapel South of Tuscaloosa directed. Honorary pallbearers will be Barry Goree, Jim Schuh, Phillip Rose, Steve Fontanette, John Cassese, Dennise Taylor, Larry Thrasher, John Britton and Russell Moss.
David A. Hampton was born in Bear Creek on Dec. 24, 1940. He graduated from Phillips High in 1957 and later attended Florence State University, graduating with a commission to serve as an officer. His military service began in 1959 and ended in 1987, retiring as a major for the United States Army. He served in both the U.S. Marines and the Army. Along with multiple tours overseas in Europe, he was a combat veteran, serving in Vietnam from 1969-1971, receiving the Vietnam Cross for gallantry and three Bronze Stars. His primary service centered around electronic warfare and military intelligence.
He was preceded in death by his father, Earl C. Hampton; mother, Delma E. Pike; brother, Clyde Hampton; sister, Glenda Jones and grandson, Adrian Hampton.
Survivors include his wife, Toni Rose Hampton; sons, David Hampton Jr. (Shannon) and Patrick Hampton (Janet); sisters, Martha Schuh (Jim) and Mary Thrasher (Larry); grandchildren, Tristan Hampton, Lane Hampton, Heather Hampton, Maddie Hampton, Savannah Yeager and Kim Hampton and great-grands, Naomi Hampton and Elizabeth Hampton.
In lieu of flowers, he would request that donations be made to the Phillips High Athletic Department and/or Bear Creek No. 1 Baptist Church.
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