Thursday, Jauary 16, 2014
Remembering Sugar Bear’s big smile
By SUE WATSON
On summer days he could be seen cutting grass and trimming flower beds. In fall, he raked a lot of leaves.
His wife, Ola Mae, often sat all day in the truck while he worked.
They had ups and downs, once having most of their lawn equipment stolen and another time losing their house to fire, but always bounced back after hard luck.
M.H. Hampton, better known as “Sugar Bear,” passed away last week and Holly Springs, indeed, lost one of its characters.
Members of the community have fond memories of the hard-working and kind man.
“Holly Springs will not be the same without Sugar Bear to lift his hand up as high as he could, waving and shouting to the people passing by, as he was doing his yard work,” Jane Callicutt said. “He was always so happy with a big smile for everyone.”
Scott Beggs regretted the passing of his friend.
“Everyone admires a tireless work ethic and he certainly demonstrated it by working seven days a week most of his life,” Beggs said. “With his big smile and enthusiastic waves, he brightened many people’s day.
“Sugar Bear definitely made Holly Springs more beautiful with the many yards that he mowed, bushes that he trimmed and leaves that he raked. He embodied Holly Springs’ motto: ‘All Kinds of Character.’ He will be missed.”
Sugar Bear was featured in The South Reporter’s Profile Edition on March 13, 2008. He was age 70 that year.
He worked year-round and in later years grew a thick white beard to keep warm in winter and also wore a toboggan.
As a young man, the Ashland homeboy worked in concrete construction.
For his obituary, see page 2 of this week’s edition of the newspaper.
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