January 16, 1923 - November 25, 2007
Hampton Harris Henton, Sr., 84, husband of Doris Smith Henton, died Sunday, November 25, 2007. A life long resident of Woodford County, he was the son of the late Wade Hampton and Natalie Harris Brother Henton, and was a member of the Pisgah Presbyterian Church. Hampton graduated from The Bolles School, Jacksonville, FL., attended the University of Kentucky, and was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He had played on a Lexington Independent basketball team winning the City Championship in 1942, where he made the All City Team. An able athlete, in his middle years, he helped reestablish the amateur polo games in central Kentucky. He enjoyed nealy 20 years of play with his son Hoppy. In later years, he started playing golf, enjoying playing with friends in Kentucky and in Naples, FL. He and Doris were fortunate to also play in North Carolina, California, New Zealand, and the Mt. Kenya Safari Club in Africa. A veteran of World War II, he served with the Fourteenth Air Force in the China, Burma, and India Theatre. He served as a Bank Director with the United Bank and Trust Co, was a former Vice President and President of the Woodford County Farm Bureau, and had served on the State Farm Bureau Resolutions Committee. For many years, he worked with the University of Kentucky Agricultural Department on various projects, and was honored by them in 1992 when they dedicated the 24th Annual Sheeprofit Day to him. He was a former board member of the Cleveland Home where he served as Chairman of the Farm Committee. He was also former Chairman of the Logan Helm Library Board as well as a Junior Warden of St. Johns' Episcopal Church. He was a University of Kentucky Fellow. Hampton and his wife of over 61 years, Doris Talbott Smith Henton, traveled the world. They saw most of North America, including Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, and Mexico. Their travels included Bermuda, the Carribbean, and the Panama Canal. He and his sons traveled all over South America. He and Doris also traveled throughout Europe, the British Isles, Scandinavia, the Greek Isles, Egypt, Africa, China, South Pacific, Tahiti, Australia, and New Zealand. They spent more than twenty winters in Naples, FL. He loved early American history, as his ancestors arrived into what is now Woodford County in 1780. Hampton loved his family, his country, his farms, his county and his many friends. His was a good life, well lived, and he will be remembered with much fondness by anyone lucky enough to have known him. In addition to his wife, surviving are two sons, Hampton "Hoppy" Henton, Jr. and his wife Ivey of Versailles, Douglas Henton and his wife Carol of San Mateo, CA; one daughter, Melinda Belock and her husband Chuck of Roswell, GA; four grandchildren, Nathaniel Henton and his wife Reggie, Natalie Henton, Elizabeth Henton, and Jessica Belock; one great granddaughter, Katlei Henton; a nephew, Michael Maddox and his wife Deborah, and a niece, Pamela Martin and her husband Peter. A sister, Natalie Maddox and a grandson, Wade Henton II, preceded him in death. Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Thursday, Nov. 29 at Pisgah Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jon Martin officiating. A private interment will be in the Versailles Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7:30 pm Wed., Nov. 28 at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the Woodford Co. Historical Society, 121 Rose Hill, Versailles, KY 40383 or to the Hospice Care Center, 2313 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.