Dr. John Compton passed away Saturday, November 30, 2019, at Baylor Scott & White Hospital - Waxahachie, surrounded by his loving family.
Dr. Compton was born January 21, 1926, in Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff), to Johnnie Willis Thomas and John Graham Compton, Sr. As a young child, his family moved often and he attended many schools until they finally settled in Center, Texas, where he graduated Valedictorian of his class.
After high school, he attended Baylor University as a pre-med student for a short time before deciding to join the United States Navy, where he was with the Navy Medical Corp during World War II, based out of San Diego Navel Hospital before being shipped overseas to Okinawa, as the head of the Surgical Department. After he was honorably discharged from the Navy, he returned to Baylor University studying pre-med.
While at Baylor, he met the love of his life, Evelyn Lynette Stahl, from Weslaco, Texas. They were married on August 14, 1949. He graduated from Baylor with a BS degree and in 1950, went to the University of Texas Galveston, where he became a Doctor of Medicine.
Also, during this time, his daughter Deborah Lynette and son John Graham were born. Dr. Compton then completed his Residency at the US Public Health Service and Lenox Hill Hospital in Rockville, MD, as well as Statin Island Hospital in downtown Manhattan, where he was awarded the Intern of the Year.
He and the family then returned to Texas, and after looking at several Texas communities, he decided to set up his practice and make his home in Waxahachie, Texas, in 1955. Back in the day, he worked at the Waxahachie Sanatorium, later named the W.C. Tenery Hospital, set up his practice at 201 Ferris Avenue, where he worked his entire 61 years of medical practice.
In addition to hospital work, and his office practice, he also did house calls all over Ellis County after his day job was done. He also delivered over 1000 babies over a period of time and in 1962, his second daughter Deanna Elise was born in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Compton served his career as Chief of Staff of the Waxahachie Sanatorium, Medical Director of Renfro Nursing Home, head of the Ellis County Medical Health Department and was on the staff of the Baylor Hospital since it opened. He has been a loyal member of the St. Paul Episcopal Church Waxahachie for many, many years and participated on 15 medical mission trips to Honduras, where he absolutely loved brightening the day and treating so many, especially the children.
Dr. Compton is survived by his daughter, Deborah Compton of Waxahachie; son, Graham Compton and his wife, Alice of Waxahachie; daughter Deanna Compton and Cindy Wyndham of Irving; grandchildren, Tammy Thompson, Carli and Ron Turbeville, Jeff Clark, Jessica and Mark Holmes, Lindsay and Brandy Compton, Justin and Stephanie Wade; great-grandchildren, Peyton, Lukas, Ryan, Spencer, Sterling, Skyler, Adrienne, Linden, Greyson and Hadleigh. He is preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Lynette and his parents, John and Johnnie Graham.
We would like to say a very special thank you to his caregiver, Carolyn Williamson, who has become a wonderful part of our family, as well as the awesome team, Shanna and Jessica from Custom Care Hospice, who have been working with us over the past nine months and have been amazing.
Memorial Service’s to celebrate the life of Dr. John Graham Compton, Jr. will be held at 2 pm Thursday, December 5, 2019, at St. Pauls Episcopal Church located at 624 Ovilla Rd. Waxahachie, Texas with Father Terry Reisner and Father Jerry Hill officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Pauls Episcopal Church, 624 Ovilla Rd. Waxahachie, Tx. or The Canterbury Episcopal School, 1708 N. Westmoreland Rd. Desoto, Tx 75115.
Arrangements especially for the Compton Family by Wayne Boze Funeral Home. 1826 West. Hwy 287 Bus. Waxahachie, Tx 75165 972-923-2700 www.waynebozefuneralhome.com