Obituary for Carolyn Hampton (1935-2021) – Greensboro, NC

Hampton, Carolyn Williams


Carolyn Williams Hampton, 85, of Greensboro, woke up early Monday morning, May 17, 2021, in the arms of her Lord and Savior. The masked isolation of Alzheimer’s disease and the COVID pandemic is forever removed. We have to smile because we know that she now knows Jesus face to face. Her life will be celebrated at Christ United Methodist Church, 410 North Holden Road, Greensboro, NC 27410 on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 3 p.m. Before the service, your family will receive visitors in the church from 2 a.m. to 2:45 a.m.

Carolyn was born on July 26, 1935 at Duke Hospital and was welcomed as the first child by Staton Pender Williams and Margaret Moyer Williams. She was a devoted Methodist and Duke Blue Devil from the start. She grew up on Ninth Street in Albemarle, NC, where she learned at a young age to really see, care for her, and reach out to others. In an effort to become a teacher and help those in need, she graduated from Duke University in 1957 and later earned her M.Ed. from UNC-Greensboro.

A master teacher and reading specialist, Carolyn taught in the Greensboro City school system for over thirty years, mentoring many young teachers. Her passion for literacy, special needs, community service, excellence, and enthusiasm for education earned her the Teacher of the Year award. Carolyn really loved her students and she loved teaching, an attribute that not only her students in the classroom but also her children and grandchildren can testify; “Nana” was fun to read and learn.

As a member of the Christ United Methodist Church, she served in a myriad of roles for over 50 years, but her work as Chair (“Mama Carolyn”) of the Refugee Relocation Committee was important to her. She and her husband, Bob (another devoted Methodist and Duke Blue Devil), have dedicated their hearts to saving the Montagnard family as accountants and lawyers for the last twenty years of their lives together. “Mama Carolyn” raised a lot of children.

“Nana Carolyn” is deeply loved and survived by her three children, Scott Lee (wife Cindy Lee) from Greensboro, NC, Sandy Deel (husband Larry) from Salem, VA, and Dug Hampton (wife Joanna) from Pearisburg, VA. five grandchildren, Meghan Lee, Samuel Deel, Annaleigh Deel, Nathanael Crum (Mrs. Autumn) and Jason Hampton; Great-grandson Harrison Crum; Brother Staton Williams Jr. (wife Cheryl); Nieces, nephews, and a worldwide family of friends and students who loved them beyond measure. Her parents and beloved husband, Bob Hampton, had preceded death.

Through every chapter of her beautiful life, stubborn and lasting love, infectious laughter, a unique feeling for color, style and smile, childlike enthusiasm and creativity and a Jesus heart that turned to the needy, guided and defined her; She will be sorely missed. Vacation shopping, yard sales and treasure hunts will never be quite the same. If we see a hummingbird, a monarch butterfly, a Duke basketball game, or even the color purple, we will ever think of Carolyn, and that’s how it should be. It flowed into all of our hearts.

Your family would like to sincerely thank the phenomenal friends and caregivers of the WhiteStone Community, the Christ Church family, and those at AuthoraCare Collective who have assisted in their final days. God bless you all. Although Carolyn was very fond of flowers and beautiful colors, her family requests that instead of flowers, you continue her legacy of making donations to Christ United Methodist Church, designated for the Montagnard program.

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Published by Greensboro News & Record on May 20, 2021.

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