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James "Jim" Hampton
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Birth: Jan. 27, 1919
Kentucky, USA
Death: Mar. 8, 2000
Kentucky, USA

United States Army,
World War II,

James "Jim" Hampton, 81 years, 1 month and 10 days of age, of Somerset, Kentucky, departed this life and entered into eternal peace on Wednesday, March 8th, 2000 at his home on Horseshoe Drive.

Jim was born in Laurel County, Kentucky on January 27th, 1919, son of the late Henry Hampton, Sr. and Katherine Smith Hampton. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II, receiving the Bronze Star, and was a member of the Somerset Masonic Lodge No#111, and the Monticello Street Church of God.

Jim and his wife "Miss Lucy" owned and operated Finley's Drive In Restaurant in Somerset, Kentucky, a business they started in 1955. The restaurant was named after his wife, Lucy Finley. Jim and his wife were the creators of the Finley Burger, a double-decker hamburger that quickly became extremely popular. The burgers, fries and the cole slaw were so good that no other restaurant in town could compare. The carhops always created a fun atmosphere, and Jim was always eager to talk to anyone who walked through the door. They also owned a second Finley's Drive In Restaurant in London, Kentucky. Eventually curb service gave way to the drive-throughs, but Jim and Miss Lucy continued to operate Finley's as a full-service restaurant.

Jim was survived by his loving wife, Lucy "Miss Lucy" Finley Hampton, whom he married on November 20th, 1942 in London, Kentucky; two sons, Dennis (and Beverly) Hampton of Toledo, Ohio and Larry Hampton of Evansville, Indiana; seven brothers, Hollis "Doc" Hampton, Lonnie Hampton, Clarence Hampton, John Hampton, Everett Hampton, Taylor Hampton, and Joe Hampton; four sisters, Cleo Owens, Vada Pearl House, Flora Hammons, and Ruby Hutchinson; and a host of other family and friends who mourn his passing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Sr. and Katherine Hampton; two brothers, Henry Hampton, Jr. and Cleveland Hampton; and one sister, Lucy Taylor.

Visitations were held after 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 10th, 2000 at the Pulaski Funeral Home in Somerset, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 11th, 2000 in the Chapel of the Pulaski Funeral Home with Rev. Debra Sammons officiating.

Burial followed in the A.R. Dyche Memorial Park cemetery in London (Laurel County), Kentucky.


What makes a man a Mason, O brother of mine?
It isn't the due guard, nor is it the sign,
It isn't the jewel which hangs on your breast
It isn't the apron in which you are dressed

It isn't the step, nor the token, nor the grip,
Nor lectures that fluently flow from the lip,
Nor yet the possession of that mystic word
On five points of fellowship duly conferred.

Though these are essential, desirable, fine,
They don't make a Mason, O brother of mine.
That you to your sworn obligation are true
that my brother, makes a Mason of you. 
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  Lucy Finley Hampton (1921 - 2004)
A.R. Dyche Memorial Park
Laurel County
Kentucky, USA
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Record added: Aug 26, 2012
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