Robert Glenn "Bobby" Lampton Jr.July 18, 1938 ~ December 22, 2017 (age 79)
Robert Glenn “Bobby” Lampton Jr., age 79 of Longview, Texas passed away on Friday, December 22, 2017. He was born on July 18, 1938 in Columbus, Ohio to Margaret and Robert Glenn Lampton Sr.
Bobby lived in different parts of the country as he was growing up, since his father was a career Navel Office. He attended military school in Atlanta Georgia and went to Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas. While in high school he was an honor student and accepted to West Point in New York and the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He chose love and family and eloped, starting his own family and legacy of love.
He was the first private citizen awarded the Dallas Fire Departments Metal of Valor. His act of heroism was risking his own life to pull a stranger from their burning home. This was just the type of man Bobby was. Just simply trying to do right by people.
Bobby came to Longview from Dallas in 1977 to get away from the city life. He loved his community and life in Longview. He retired after several years in the flooring business. He was know for his ability to estimate large construction projects to the exact foot, saving builders a substantial amount of money.
Large mouth bass may now relax since their arch nemesis, Bobby has passed away; he and his faithful sidekick and father-in-law Kenneth Luther were know for their passion for fishing. The two would travel to area lakes and do their best to reduce the local fish population.
A strong green thumb was established early in life while living in Ohio, his garden and manicured yard were sites to see. His vegetables, home made spicy pickles and salsa were things his family and friends enjoyed and looked forward to, as well as his barbequing skills, but his fish fries at home are what made him famous. His skill with a knife and cooking was unmatched.
Bobby is survived by four children; Michael A. Lampton of Jefferson, Kenneth R. Lampton of Monterey, California, Lisa A. Lampton of Deals Gap, North Carolina and Mathew G. Lampton of Nashville, Tennessee, four grandchildren that he was extremely proud of A. Blake Lampton, Trevor M. Lampton, Skylar P. Lampton and Andrew M. Lampton, one brother John A. Lampton of Concord, California.
Both his parents precede him in death.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 5, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Welch Funeral Home Chapel.