Garland W. Hampton, of Keysville, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, February 20, 2022.

Wade was born on September 18, 1939, to Lt. Colonel McLean Hampton and his wife, Rose Hampton.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred “Susie” Hampton; his daughter, Rosemary L. Hampton and husband, George W. Islip,III; a sister, Lois Edwards; a brother, John R. Hampton and his wife, Bobbi Jo; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Holding a special place in his heart, Dr. and Mrs. Locke A. Taylor and Mrs. Loretta Reardon.

Wade was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Meherrin, faithfully performing many duties at the church.

Wade was a true gentleman who loved his family and friends.  Wednesday night dinners with his special pals, The Romeos, was an occasion not to be missed.  He was an active member of Briery Country Club, where he enjoyed golf and all social events.

He served in the United States Army, 101st Airborne Division.  After leaving the military, Wade was employed with the Henrico County Fire Department for 34 years.  At the time of his retirement, he had risen to the rank of Battalion Chief.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, from 6:00pm-7:30pm, at the Browning Duffer Funeral Home of Keysville, Virginia.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at 11:00am, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Meherrin, Virginia. Internment to follow in the church cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery Fund or Southside Virginia SPCA. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA, is in charge of the arrangements.



Condolence Messages

  1. Jlm Bavely

    21 February 2022 2 years ago

    Dearest Susie and Rosemary our hearts hurt along with yours but we can’t help but smile just remembering all of the awsome and fun times we’ve shared with Wade, he was without a doubt one of the finest men i’ve ever met. His famous saying will stay with me forever “If only you scored 1 more point on your exam you could of been a fireman instead of a police officer” Rest In Peace My Friend.

  2. Patricia Felker

    21 February 2022 2 years ago

    Wade was full of laughter and smiles, loved his family and most dearly his wife. We will surely miss Wade as he was most faithful at attending all social events and loved to play couples golf every Friday evening. Always telling us a little story or two over a bite to eat. He will be forever remembered by many. Dan and I extend our deepest condolences to Susie, Rosemary, George and family.

  3. Jim Supan

    21 February 2022 2 years ago

    Wade will really be missed. He and my Dad and mom had many great times together, with Susie My best memory was Wade and my Dad walking barefoot up the Meherrin River taking my brother and me on a snake hunt. Luckily none were found and it turns out they didn’t know what they would do if they found one.

  4. Anne and Russell

    22 February 2022 2 years ago

    Our hearts are broken to lose such a special friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Susie, Rosemary and family at this time.

  5. Linda and Bob Bradner

    22 February 2022 2 years ago

    Bob and I were very sorry to learn of your husband’s death. We are keeping you and your family in our prayers.

  6. Linda Atkinson Chumney

    22 February 2022 2 years ago

    Susie, I worked in Lunenburg County Admin with Bill Rolfe. So sorry for your loss. Prayers.

  7. Chrissie Barksdale

    22 February 2022 2 years ago

    Oh my, so sorry to read of Wade’s passing. Susie, you are in my prayers especially as I know the extreme sorrow and loss you are experiencing. You and Wade shared a very special love and bond. God is with you and Rosemary through this very difficult time as your love is surrounded in peace by his Savior, Jesus.

  8. Frieda Trammell Whirley

    22 February 2022 2 years ago

    So sorry to hear of Wade’s passing. May you be comforted by God’s grace and love. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers.


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  10. Wanda Shook

    22 February 2022 2 years ago

    Wade was a wonderful man. He will be missed
    Please accept my condolence,Suzie.

  11. Bonnie R Gilliam

    22 February 2022 2 years ago

    Spider and I send our sincerest sympathy to Susie and Rosemary. Wade was a friend to so many and had enough personality and joy to share with the world. We will all miss him, especially his Wednesday night friends and buddies. One bright light has gone out for us all.

  12. Joe Moschetti

    22 February 2022 2 years ago

    It is such a great shock to hear that Wade (Big Al) passing. There is not enough room and words to describe the good times and memories we have from our time with Henrico Fire Department. I know that St Peter is forming one hell of a fire department up there. My prayers go out to Susie and family. RIP Brother ‍

  13. Henrico Local 1568

    22 February 2022 2 years ago

    On behalf of the Henrico Professional Firefighters Association, Local 1568, we offer our deepest condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Battalion Chief Hampton. Chief Hampton was a charter member of our association, and because of brave men like him, we are today over 400 members strong. His legacy continues on. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  14. Rosalinda(Rose) Lujan

    22 February 2022 2 years ago

    Susie, my sincere condolences to you and your family. Prayers ♥️

  15. Becky Carter

    22 February 2022 2 years ago

    Susie and Rosemary I am so sorry . My heart breaks for you . Wade is and will always be one of a kind that loved you both with all that was in him . I will always remember the fun times and the laughs with Susie and Wade . Love to you , Becky

  16. Tracey Fulcher

    23 February 2022 2 years ago

    Susie & Family. Wade always had something funny to say about the mail at the mailbox! He loved you so much!
    As you both say, Thanks for Checking on the Ole Folks!
    Will Continue too! ♥️ Prayers for you!
    Wade will be Missed!! Much Love, Mike & Tracey Fulcher

  17. Annette Bennett

    23 February 2022 2 years ago

    Jim and I are praying for you and Rosemary. Wade was one of a kind; a true gentleman, servant, and friend. May your memories of him comfort you in this difficult time.
    Much Love, Jim and Annette

  18. Franklin Tucker

    23 February 2022 2 years ago

    Wade and I worked many fires together with HDF, he was a true Firefighter and Gentleman, it certainly was my pleasure being a small part of his life, my deepest condolences, to family and friends. RIP Brother

  19. J.E. (Jim) Trice

    26 February 2022 2 years ago

    Big Al ,
    Your mentoring and leadership skills inspired those who worked with and for you to be better men and firefighters.
    I really enjoyed working for you while I was assigned to “The Combat Zone “

  20. Jan Francisco

    01 March 2022 2 years ago

    Susie, I am so very sad and shocked to hear of Wade’s passing. My thoughts and heart are with you and your family as you navigate through these troubled emotional waters. May you remember his laughter his fun and the many many times he shared with you and your friends. RIP Wade. Jan

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