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AIKEN, SC -- James “Jim” Ward Hampton, 69, of Aiken, South Carolina, our “Piano Man”, passed Jan. 30, 2018, at his home with his loving family. He was born in Mattoon, Illinois, May 5, 1948. Jim graduated from Windsor High School in 1966 and later earned a degree from Springfield College. As a young man, he raised Cotswold sheep and successfully exhibited champions at Illinois County Fairs and The Illinois State Fair and surrounding state fairs. Jim originated the band, The Curiosity Shoppe, which performed at sock hops and venues throughout central and southern Illinois. In the late 1960’s the group practiced at and was a mainstay at The Pollyanna Dance Hall in Effingham. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 through 1971. After military service he managed restaurants in the Springfield, Il area. Currently, Jim was in the restaurant and institutional food service industry and was a member of the performance group “Southern Conduct”. Jim also performed with “Phun Farm Band” and “The Bucket List Band” in the Aiken and Augusta area.

Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Jill (Brady) Hampton; son, Timothy Hampton; daughters Lacey and Devon Hampton, two grand daughters and one great grand daughter; Brothers: Joe (Anne) Hampton, Richard (Linda) Hampton; nieces, nephew, and great nieces and nephews and three loved French Bull dogs, Tigger, Maya, and Keiko.

Parents Joe Hampton Sr. and Marjorie (Shriver) Hampton preceded him in death.

Cremation will be conducted in Aiken with celebrations of his life to be scheduled later.

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