ALBANY -- A man who believed in excellence of work and innovation, Ben Cohn Hampton was born in Albany, Georgia April 2, 1927 to the late Reverend Eugene and Morilla Daniel Hampton. He was the oldest of two brothers, Joseph and James Hampton. He attended the Dougherty County Public Schools obtaining his Diploma from Madison High School at the age of 16 in 1943. Hampton enrolled as a Freshman in 1943 when Georgia Normal became a 4-year degree granting institution called Albany State College. When Albany State College's Founder, Dr. Joseph W. Holley wrote "You Can't Build A Chimney From The Top", Ben transcribed the initial draft as a student. He went on to earn a Certificate in Commercial Education in 1945. His education was interrupted by the U.S. Army Air Force draft. After his tour of duty in 1946, he returned to Albany State College to continue his education. In 1949, he received a B.S. Degree in Secretarial Science with the second highest academic average in his class. After graduation, Hampton was employed by the College. Except for a 16 month stint in the U.S. Army Air Force, Hampton spent 36 consecutive years at Albany State College. He spent 18 years working in the Registrar's Office and one year as Director of Public Relations. He also worked in the President's Office, Business Office and Admissions and Records. He was the first Director of Alumni Affairs. He retired in 1985 as Director of Sponsored Programs in the Office of Institutional Advancement. The unity and growth of the Alumni was placed into Hampton's hands as early as 1945 before he graduated. Shortly after, the association was organized. He and other colleagues worked with the College President to send newsletters, call meetings, collect national contributions, publicize events and maintain current mailing lists. The Blue Key Honor Society members orchestrated the formation and incorporation of the Albany State College National Alumni Association. Under his guidance as Executive Secretary, the Association's membership tripled and contributions increased during his tenure. He was the founder and editor of The ASCian Alumni Newsletter. He registered the ASU Alumni Logo in the Regent's Office. He successfully organized many Alumni Chapters throughout the continental USA and received numerous awards such as Induction of the Alumni Hall of Fame in 1989 and Outstanding Leadership awards from several Alumni Chapters.
His love for photography began under President Aaron Brown who wanted pictures of campus activities. He learned how to use and operate the camera as a hobby. His work is included in several ASC Yearbooks. Over the years, he became more proficient in photography and was called upon by many for his expertise.
Ben C. Hampton joined Bethesda Baptist Church at an early age under Reverend B. J. Jordan. He moved his membership to Mt. Zion Baptist Church in 1954 under Reverend E. J. Grant. He was ordained a Deacon on January 30, 1966 where he served as Secretary of the Board of Deacons and Trustees for many years. He began additional church duties when the Late Mamie Daniels asked him to type the membership directory. Ben was redactor of The Zion Informer until he retired from that position in 2006. Hampton holds membership in the following organizations: Gamma Omicron Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated (Life Member and 50 year plus brother) where he held several major offices and was named Alpha Man of the Year in 1980. Ben Hampton and three other Alphas were the founders and editors of The Weekly Inquirer Newspaper. Hampton was a member Emeritus of the 26 Club. He held membership in the ASU National Alumni Association and the Joseph Odom Post 512 - American Legion. He was affiliated as Former Officer, Pride of Albany #360 - Prince Hall Mason, Past Commander, Albany Consistory #176-Prince Hall- 32 Degree, Past Potentate, Al Rakim Temple 142 - Shriners.
In addition to his love for photography, he loved riding his bicycle, comedy, poker, reading and playing ping pong. In the late 1950's, he and Willie D. Hampton were campus Ping Pong Champions. His hobbies included graphic designing and word processing of various publications for the community. Ben married Rubye E. Williams in Caroline Hall on November 23, 1955, and to this union two children were born; Brian and Tamara Hampton.
He was preceded in death by his brother, James A. (Linda) Hampton of Albany, GA.
Cherishing his memory are his devoted and loving wife, Rubye E. W. Hampton, a son Brian C.(Virginia,d.) Hampton, Macon, GA, and a daughter Tamara H.(Bruce) Nelson, Lithonia, GA; one granddaughter, Vimeca Q. Hampton of Macon, GA; one grandson, Malik B. Nelson of Lithonia, GA; two great granddaughters, Jarai Q. Finney and Kinsley S. Scott of Macon, GA; one Brother Joseph E.(Quita) Hampton, Atlanta, GA; cousin Willie D. Hampton, Albany, GA; a dear friend of the family and co-worker, Mrs. Louie Marshall; special friend Mrs. Demetria Hudson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins; and devoted friends.
Ben completed his earthly journey on Friday, December 16, 2011 knowing he was loved, valued and respected. He will be missed, but his spirit will live in the hearts of those who knew him and in the lives of those he touched and forever changed.
Funeral services will be held December 22, 2011 at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church at 1 :00 p.m. Dr. Daniel Simmons will officiate and interment will be in Floral Memory Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, send the donations to: Alzheimer's Caregivers Time Out (ACTO), 314 N. Jefferson St. Albany, Ga 31701 specifically earmarked in memory of the late Ben C. Hampton or the ASU Foundation Institutional Advancement, 504 College Drive, Albany, Ga. 31705 specifically earmarked for the PAA/Ben C. Hampton.
Elliott Funeral Home