Saint John Baptist Church
"Blessed to be a Blessing." Genesis 1:27-28, 12:1-3; Deuteronomy 28:1-14
3404 West Beltline Boulevard
Columbia, South Carolina 29203
Church Office: 803-254-4170
Facsimile: 803-254-4036
Preparatory School: 803-256-8542

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Catherine Davenport Hampton

Mrs. Catherine Davenport Hampton was born on February 4, 1923 to Calvin Davenport, Sr. and Emily Dial Davenport and. She was raised in the Booker Washington Heights neighborhood where she continues to reside. Mrs. Hampton is her parents' third child and only daughter and was affectionately called Sister or Kitten by her two older brothers. Mrs. Hampton is the widow of Beverley R. Hampton. She is the oldest living original member of the St. John Baptist Church. She is also the oldest living member of the Davenport family.

Mrs. Hampton was educated in the Richland County School System, eventually graduating from Booker T. Washington High School. She later trained to become a licensed beautician and conducted her hair salon business from her home. Mrs. Hampton continued to work from home until her youngest child entered junior high school. She then went to work for Richland School District One as a Home Liaison Worker, which was part of the Social Work staff. Mrs. Hampton Retired from this position in the mid-1970's to care for her ailing father.

After her father's death, Mrs. Hampton became more involved in community activism. She regularly attended City Council meetings and didn't hesitate to voice her opinion in the interest of her neighborhood, which includes St. John Baptist Church. She also hosted, at her home, the annual Neighborhood Crime Watch cookouts for a number of years. Mrs. Hampton is well-known in her neighborhood because she has always taken an interest in helping others and offering encouragement to those who need it. She was recognized in 2016 by the Columbia Council of Neighborhoods for her dedication to the continued improvement of the City of Columbia and the Booker Washington Heights Neighborhood.

Mrs. Hampton is a member of the Sally Boular Circle at St. John and was an active member until her health began to decline.

Mrs. Hampton was a loving and devoted wife and continues to be a devoted and loving mother to her three children, four grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and 8 great-, great-grandchildren. She enjoys reading and, when able, she still cooks part of her Sunday dinner. Mrs. Hampton's favorite poem is "The House by the Side of the Road." She enjoys singing all the old hymns and she considers the Bible to be life's instruction book.

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