Thursday, March 13, 2008
‘Sugar Bear’ keeps busy working lawns at age 70
By SUE WATSON
“Sugar Bear” has been sprucing up lawns for 45 years at residences and businesses around Holly Springs.
He was born and named M.H. Hampton but everyone knows him around town as “Sugar Bear.” Now 70, he and his wife Ola, are seen around town on pretty days during the winter and cutting grass during the summer months.
In winter, Sugar Bear grows a thick beard but shaves it off when the weather turns hot.
Born in Benton County near Ashland, he worked in concrete construction as a young man.
Last year, the couple had a streak of bad luck; their house burned down in December and then thieves rode off with all their yard tools and trailer.
Hampton said he left his trailer with all his tools - a riding and push lawn mower, a tool box, a trimmer, a chain saw and a weed eater and other items - parked at American Pacific overnight.
Thieves cut the chained lock on the trailer and made off with everything he had to work with except a leaf rake.
“These things are hard to replace at today’s prices,” he said. “One thing about it, the Good Master knows who got it. I may never find out, but He knows.”
The Hamptons are struggling back from last year’s losses, which, he said, “hurt to my heart.”
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