John Hampton, 87, attorneyJohn Hampton, a retired attorney...

December 25, 1997

John Hampton, 87, attorney

John Hampton, a retired attorney who enjoyed woodworking, died of respiratory failure Dec. 4 at home in the Butler section of Baltimore County. He was 87.

Mr. Hampton had a general practice with the North Charles Street law firm of Wyman & New from 1934 to 1987, when he retired. He was known for his pro bono work.

He was born in Lancaster, Pa., moved to Florida after the death of his father and graduated from Coral Gables High School.

He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1934.

His professional memberships included the Maryland and Baltimore City bar associations.

During World War II, he served as a Navy officer in the Pacific and was discharged with the rank of captain in 1945.

He had an elaborate woodworking shop in the basement of his home, where he had resided since 1940 and which he restored.

In 1946, he married Catherine Sullivan, who died in 1982. They had no children.

He is survived by a niece and a nephew.

There are no services.

Betty Jean Perkins, 36, Goodwill custodian

Betty Jean Perkins, a custodian for Goodwill Industries of Baltimore Inc., died Sunday of injuries she suffered that day in a car accident. The Lansdowne resident was 36.

Ms. Perkins was assigned by Goodwill to the Social Security Administration complex in Woodlawn for the past eight years.

The Baltimore native joined Goodwill in 1989 after working as a cook since 1980, the year she graduated from Walbrook High School.

Services are scheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow at Concord Baptist Church, 5204 Liberty Heights Ave.

Survivors include her mother, Helen Perkins of Baltimore; a brother, Larry L. Perkins of Baltimore; and four sisters, Gloria A. Perkins and Linda Perkins, both of Baltimore, Charlotte P. Talbot of Glen Burnie and Helen L. Perkins of Bridgeport, Conn.

Sally M. Wessner, 58, public school librarian

Sally M. Wessner, a Baltimore public school librarian who was active in church affairs, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Saturday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Towson resident was 58.

She was the librarian at Hamilton Elementary School and had been the librarian at Brehms Lane Elementary School and at Highlandtown Elementary School, beginning in the late 1970s.

She was active in the affairs of Divinity Lutheran Church in Towson, where she taught Sunday school and was immediate past president of the church.

The former Sally Matthews was born in Weston, Va., and moved to Vero Beach, Fla., as a youngster and later to Pompano Beach, Fla.

She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education and English from Florida State University in 1960.

She moved to Baltimore in 1973 and earned a master's degree in instructional technology from Towson State University.

A memorial service will be held at 10: 30 a.m. Saturday at Divinity Lutheran Church, 1220 Providence Road.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, John Wessner; three daughters, Linda Wessner of Baltimore, Carol Zechman of Wilmington, Del., and Dorothea Stahl of Harrisburg, Pa.; her mother, Lena Matthews of Vero Beach; two sisters, Melinda Stone of Vero Beach and Nancy Jarden of Longwood, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

Pub Date: 12/25/97

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