Mr. Ralph Cooper Compton, 85, of Hillsborough, died on Tuesday January 13, 2014, at NC Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill of pulmonary fibrosis.
Mr. Compton was born on January 13, 1930 in Orange county NC to the late R. Cooper and Annie Woods Compton. He was raised in Cedar Grove with his brother the late Joseph Woods Compton, and cousins the late James S. Compton (Margaret), Dwight E. Compton (Betty), and Paul T. Compton (Vickie, deceased). After graduating from Aycock High School in 1949, Mr. Compton obtained a degree in horticulture from NC State, served in the US Army during the Korean conflict, worked as florist in Durham and Hillsborough NC, and was employed as a Social Worker for Orange County Schools.
One of Mr. Compton’s many passions was his church. He was a life-long member of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, where he served as the organist for 70 years. He also dedicated himself to service in his extended family, the church, and the surrounding communities.
Mr. Compton is survived by his niece Anne Compton (John) Garner of Hillsborough, nephew and devoted caregiver Joseph (Jay) Woods Compton Jr. of Cedar Grove and his family, aunt Virginia Woods Allen of Carthage, the children and grandchildren of his cousins, his church family, and beloved dog Heidi Pearl.
On Saturday, January 17, 2015, the family will receive friends at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church in Cedar Grove at 2:00 pm, prior to the memorial service at 3:00 pm. A reception in the fellowship hall follows the service.
Arrangements are by Walkers Funeral Home of Hillsborough. Please visit their website to share your favorite memory of Ralph Compton.