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In Loving Memory of Raymond Hampton Jr.

Raymond Hampton Jr was born in St. Louis Missouri to Raymond Hampton Sr. and Mary Hooper-Gibson on April 2, 1946. He resided in St. Louis during his childhood years and shortly after his coming of age married his high school sweetheart, the late Jacqueline Elizabeth Cotherine, who he had six children with and remained faithfully married to for 47 wonderful years, until she uttered her last words, “I love my husband.”

He proudly enlisted in the United States Army, serving in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged. His service to this country was something he was most proud of and earned him many awards and accolades. After active duty, he moved his family to and from St. Louis to Seattle twice before finally settling in Washington state.

Raymond Hampton Jr. obtained a degree in the social service field and would continue his academic endeavors by becoming a graduate of United Theological Seminary, followed by him obtaining his Doctorate in Ministry (D.Min) at Bishop AL Hardy’s Academy of Theology.

During his life, he had a multitude of remarkable accomplishments. He was a great man of faith and answered the call to preach the gospel, receiving his ministerial ordination from Beacon Hill First Baptist Church. Birthed out of his love for serving the community, he founded United Mission (family) shelter, one of the first shelters located in the historically black Central District of Seattle, WA. He also obtained his real estate license and established a myriad of other businesses. His entrepreneurial spirit inspired and paved the way for many family members to pursue their careers in real estate, ministry, social service and other professions.

In 2015 he purchased a home in Marysville WA, creating a welcoming place for his family to live, gather and fellowship. Two years later he remarried to Clara Grubbs.

He was the oldest of fifteen siblings and loved spending time with family. He also had quite the sense of humor, a signature dance (the Jelly Belly) and a taste for oxtails, neckbones, red beans & rice, catfish and Drumstick ice cream cones.

He left this life surrounded by loved ones who honored his wishes to receive his heavenly promotion in the comfort of his home.

He was preceded in death by his first love Jacqueline Hampton, his parents, Raymond Hampton Sr. and Mary Hooper-Gipson, His siblings Amber, Burdette, Cynthia, Elvis, Julian, Johnny, Joseph, Cheryl, his son Ralph (Lucky) and grandsons TyeSean and Isaiah.

He leaves to mourn and carry on his legacy, his children-Raymond Hampton III, Damon Hampton, Herbert Hampton, Arlene Hampton and Darlene Hampton. His siblings Sue, Larry, Leeander. Carl, Kenneth, Kevin and host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and others who loved and knew him well.

VIEWING: Tuesday 4/25, 6pm-8pm-Solies Funeral Home, Everett, WA. (please send flowers before 5pm)

CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Wednesday 4/26, 9am at Rose of Sharon Pentecostal Church, Seattle, WA

COMMITTAL: 4/25 following service at 12:30pm, Mt. Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA

REPASS: Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, Renton, WA