Bertha Ella Hampton was born on April 12, 1945 in Stuttgart, Arkansas to the late Luther Hollis Kibble and Bert Lee Geans Kibble. She was the fifth of nine children from their union.
Bertha attended Holman High School where she graduated in 1964. She confessed her life to Christ at an early age at Second Baptist Church in Stuttgart, Arkansas, which later became Allen Temple Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Reverend G. H. Wade, and is currently under the leadership of Pastor Gilbert Byrd, Jr. She served on the kitchen committee for many years, alongside her late sister Annette Kibble Perry.
On January 23, 1967, Bertha married Samuel L. Hampton and later moved to Chicago, Illinois then to Cleveland, Ohio. She returned to Stuttgart 13 years later, where she began working at Riceland Foods. She retired in 2001 after 22 years of dedicated service.
She was an avid member and supporter of the Holman Heritage Community Center that has historically served the African American Community in Stuttgart. She served at Holman on the food, ad fundraising, and t-shirt committees. Bertha was fashionably known for her quick wit, comical personality, shrewdness, and wisdom. She will always be remembered for her commitment to family, friends, community, and principled character.
Bertha departed this life on March 18, 2022 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Stuttgart. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Bertha and Luther Kibble, Sr. and her sisters Annette Kibble Perry and Linda Kay Kibble.
She leaves precious memories to her loving and dedicated husband of 55 years, Samuel L. Hampton of Stuttgart, AR; one son Kenneth (Cheryl) Avery, Sr. of Stuttgart, AR; a nephew raised as a son Garrett Kibble of Stuttgart, AR; one sister Dr. Gloria Archbold of Chicago, IL; five brothers Luther Kibble, Jr. and Andrew (Gladys) Kibble, both of Cleveland, OH, Walter Kibble, Nathaniel Kibble, and Larry Kibble, all of Stuttgart, AR; five grandchildren; five-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and loved ones.
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