Jerry L. Hampton

Published 1:11 pm Friday, October 14, 2022

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Jerry L. Hampton, 76, of Knoxville, Tenn., passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, October 6, 2022. Jerry was born in Carter County, Tenn., on July 17, 1946, to the late Leonard B. Hampton and Gladys Stafford Hampton.
During his childhood, Jerry was active in 4-H, where he achieved high honors as a National Congress attendee as well as the Boy Scouts, where he earned the distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Throughout his life, Jerry truly was the embodiment of the Scout Law — trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, cheerful, and more. He was driven with a tremendous sense of duty to his family, friends, and country. This sense of duty led him to serve bravely and with distinction in Vietnam as a Sergeant in the United States Army, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.
After returning from Vietnam, Jerry continued his studies at the University of Tennessee, earning a B.S. in Engineering. Jerry was a hard worker and well respected in the construction industry with a long career as Vice President of Avisco, Inc. Jerry loved the outdoors and was an avid fly fisherman and hunter. He instilled this love of the outdoors in his sons and countless others as a Scoutmaster in the 1980s. Jerry also loved to travel, and during the last several decades of his life was able to travel the world with his beloved wife, Sandy, who was always by his side during their many adventures. Mostly, Jerry was a gentle, wise, and loving husband, father, grandaddy, and friend. Those who knew him loved him. He will be greatly missed.
Jerry leaves behind his loving and devoted wife, Sandy Hampton; his three sons, Bret Hampton (Sonya) of Mount Juliet, Tenn., Derek Hampton (Stacie) of Maryville, Tenn., and Chad Hampton (Amber) of Maryville, Tenn.; his step-daughters, Kim Davis (Rusty) of Ten Mile, Tenn., and Paige Corcoran (Corky) of Knoxville, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Evie Alley (Will), Wesley Joy Hampton, Andrew Hampton, Taylor Ferguson (Matt), Austin Corcoran and Shea Moses (Nathan); and two great-grandchildren, Adalyn Ferguson and Gavin Ferguson.
In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his sisters, Ethel Hampton, Ella Mae Miller and Orlia Harrison; and his brothers, Samuel Hampton, Paul Hampton, Ray Hampton, Roy Hampton, Johnny Hampton and Earl Hampton.
A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 18, at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at 2200 E. John Sevier Highway in Knoxville. Military Honors will be accorded by the East TN Veterans Honor Guard. Family and friends are invited to attend the service as well as a celebration of Jerry’s life from 4 to 7 p.m. at Calhoun’s restaurant located at 10020 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Trout Unlimited, Smoky Mountain Service Dogs, or Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at N. Broadway, is serving the family of Mr. Hampton. Mr. Hampton’s guestbook is available at

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