Welton James Vample, Jr.
November 24, 1941 - April 2, 2011
Welton James Vample, Jr. 69, was born on November 24, 1941, to the union of Welton J. Vample, Sr. and Lillie Mae (Goodman) Vample in Blytheville, Arkansas. His parents, two brothers, Lee Andrew Prude and Larry J. Prude, two sisters, Fannie Ruth Prude and Mary Ann Prude, preceded him in death.
Vample was educated in the public schools of Blytheville and was a graduate of Harrison High School. He furthered his education on an athletic scholarship to Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was an exceptional football player.
Vample accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at the St. Paul Baptist Church in Blytheville, Arkansas. In 1965 he moved to the Kansas City area where he made his home for over forty-five years. He united with the Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Rev. David L. Gray; he later united with the Good Samaritan Missionary Baptist Church. He was united in marriage to the former Ella M. Williams on September 28, 1963, and to this union two children were born.
Vample was employed at Ford Motor Company, Claycomo plant as a supervisor/superintendent for over thirty years before he retired. He was quite the businessman and entrepreneur owning and operating several service stations including, Vample's Texaco, Vample's Mobil, Vample's Phillips 66 and also the Market Basket Grocery Store. He also owned the Universal and Inferno Lounges and was a co-owner with the Top 10 Investment Club of Club Eblon. He kept busy and was a true believer that hard work paid off. He always found time to be a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather.
Vample departed this life on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Centerpoint Medical Center. He will be forever remembered by his family and friends.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Ella M. Vample, of the home; one son, Welton J. Vample III, Independence, MO; one daughter, Alesha L. Vample, Lawrenceville, GA; five brothers, Jerry Vample (Margaret), Farmington Hills, MI, Charles B. Prude, East Moline, IL, Charles Vample (Claretha), Kansas City, MO, Tony Vample (Angela), Queens, NY and Jeffery Vample, Bronx, NY; three sisters, Frankie Vample, Kansas City, KS, Earlie Vample-Lee, Overland Park, KS and Theresa Vample-Shephard (Stephen), Kansas City, MO; one granddaughter, Morgan Freeman-Vample; one brother-in-law, Hyman E. Williams; one sister-in-law, Ruth L. Williams, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, at Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Dave Henry Williams IV officiating. Burial will be in XII Gates Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday at the church. Services conducted by Duane E. Harvey Funeral Directors. Condolences maybe shared on this website.
Saturday, April 9, 2011 @ 11:00 a.m.
Memorial Missionary Baptist Church
11424 Hickman Mills Drive
Kansas City, Missouri
XII Gates Memorial Gardens
Kansas City, Missouri
Janetta BarkerYounger generations rarely tell their elders what it means to have them there, so see them at the grill demonstrating the proper way to flip chicken and ribs, the correct way to mow the lawn...Uncle Welton was that for us, and so much more. He was gloriously loud and handsome and smart, and richly endowed with love and a sense of family that made an impression on us all. We were mortally afraid of him as children, and charmed by him as adults - and we learned from him those things he chose to teach us, good things like how to grill and mow and sow the seeds of love and family that will continue to grow the generations to come. We'll miss his physical presence, but his essence will always abide in those of us who knew and loved and learned from him.
God Bless You Always, Uncle Welton. To Aunt Ella, Alesha, and WJ, and Morgan, I wish you peace and joy in the knowledge of how he lived and loved you, lives and loves you still.
Janetta, Daron, Javan and Triston.
Stephanie Moorman - KingMy heart goes out to you all. I loved Uncle Welton so very much. He assisted mama with raising us like we were his so he was more like a daddy than an Uncle. He ws very much appreciated. I love you Family. Always know that he's still here at all times because in us is were he now resides. I'll forever keep you in my prayers.
Caprisha Williams-DelphTo my family, May God Be The Glory, for I am with you in prayer! May my uncle rest in peace, now. Aunt Ella, Alesha and WJ, I know how you feel at this present moment to loose a Love one. My heart is still heavy because of the loss of my mother. We one day will have to cross this journey and we will meet them again. Stay Strong, Alesha and WJ, take- care of auntie Ella and I Love you guys. Be Bless
Cedric L. McCayMy condolences to Alesha (my classmate from Van Horn) and to the entire Vample Family on the lass of your beloved. May God bless you during your sorrow and show you His promised comfort for those who mourn.
Shalena PrudeMy condolences to the Vample family for the loss of your loved one. Uncle Vample will truly be missed.
Michelle Hodge & FamilyThe Hodge Family sends their condolences to the entire Vample Family (Auntie Ella, Alesha & WJ). It seems like it was just yesterday we were all sitting in the kitchen talking, playing dominos and looking at old pictures. During my visit in July (2010) I felt as though I talked to Uncle Vample more in those two days than I had in my entire lifetime. l will forever hold onto those memories. I pray that the Lord will continue to give you strength day by day.
The Hodge Family
Crystal R.Shalena- you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May the mighty hand God comfort you during this difficult time.
Avanthea ReedAfter the clouds'the sunshine;after the winter, the spring, After the shower,the rainbow,for life is a changeable thing. After the night, the morning,bidding all darkness cease. After life's cares and sorrows, the confort and sweetness of peace.
Dorothy JonesI am praying for your family and traveling mercies on this special occasion.
Lots of Love
Rodrick Sparks & FamilyUncle Welton aka(candy man) was a man that loved his family. As I think about how just the other day how you was up talking and making jokes, who would ever think today we are all making plans for your homegoing service. Well as a child of God I would like to leave these words of comfort for my family John 3:16 (CEV) God loved the people(Uncle Welton) of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never die. May the Lord comfort you all in times as this and show you his Glory is my pray.
Oliver Lee, Sr.My Remembrance of Vample:
I met Vample in 1970 at the Ford Plant. He was just starting up a new busines, a service station, Vample's Texaco. I had a background in mechanics, he needed help. As you know, he was persistent and would not take no for an answer. I said "no" he said "why not". He won over, and I worked the next five years with him, and the station was a success.
I remember all the good times we had as friends. You could say he was "pushy". Everyone loved being around him. He would take over every conversation to make his point. Always right.
I remember when I had a motorcycle and Vample could not ride. He was so competitive and would not be outdone. In two days, he was on his brother Larry's bike with Ella on the back, headed to Kansas to a cook-out.
When I got married, my brother Elie was my best man. Right before the ceremony, Vample got to the church and said, "I'm your best friend, and I should be your best man", and he would not take no for an answer. So I ended up with two best men.
I will miss him dearly, as I miss his brother, Larry J.
May You Rest in Peace,
Your Friend Oliver Lee
Rita J. BurksStay strong sweet family, love you much.