Obituary: William Randle Compton, 1954 — 2015


William Randle Compton was born in Grand Prairie, Texas April 8, 1954 to parents W.A. Compton Jr & Billie Jean Davis Compton. He was adopted at the age of four and raised by his uncle and aunt P.W. & Mable (Compton) Watson. He was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Italy where he was baptized at a young age. He grew up in a farming family in Italy, TX where he attended school and graduated from Italy High School in 1972. He also attended Hill Jr College and began work right after high school at Tyler Refrigeration where he remained for over 33 years until they closed their doors in 2006. He then began work at Cowboy Church of Ellis County in 2006 as custodian taking care of the buildings he loved until no longer able to work and leaving on disability in March 2014.

Randy married his high school sweetheart, Vicki Kay Rudd, on September 20, 1974 at First Baptist Church of Italy. They made their home in Italy and were blessed with two daughters, Brandy Rebecca & Rachel Leanne who both attended and graduated from Italy High School. Randy was a member of the Italy Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years, serving many years as the chief. He was also president of the South Ellis County Little League for many years and coached baseball. He also coached peewee football and girls’ softball.

Randy & Vicki moved to Waxahachie in 2002 to be closer to their daughters and grandblessings. They became members of Cowboy Church of Ellis County in 2003. Randy was a quiet man who lived his life with honor and dignity and tried to instill those qualities in his daughters and grandblessings.

Randy fought a long brave battle with Head & Neck cancer and was called home to rest on Friday October 2, 2015. His family would like to express how very blessed and honored Randy and his family were by all of the love, support, and prayers they have received the last few years from their wonderful family, friends, church family, and coworkers. He was blessed to be able to take several “bucket list” trips and make precious memories with his wife and family. They were blessed to have excellent care and guidance from their physicians and nurses the last 3 ½ years. The family would like to express a special thank you to all of the caregivers from Bristol Pathways Hospice.

He is survived by Vicki, his wife of over 41 years, daughter Brandy Compton Ramirez of Waxahachie, daughter & son-in-law Rachel Compton Lemire and husband Rob of Waxahachie, and former son-in-law Frank Ramirez of Waxahachie. He is survived by eight grandblessings who knew him as Gramps – Rebecca & Alyssa Ramirez, Robert, Leslie, Dustin, Drake, Jesse, & Navaeh Lemire. He is also survived by his first GREATgrandblessing Ellie Faith Lemire.

Surviving also are his parents, WA & Helen Compton of Irving, as well as his wife’s parents RH & Jan Roberts of Navarro Mills & Janice Rudd of Palestine. He is also survived by sisters, Susie Nair & husband Steve of Waxahachie and Glenda Grace (GiGi) Morrow & husband Dana of Montana. He is survived by his brother Charles Ronald (Ronnie) Compton of Rice, sister-in-law Melanie Compton of Irving, step-brother Ronnie Watkins of Midland, & sister-in-law Nita Watkins of Weinert. Also surviving are the following “sisters & brothers” (his wife’s siblings), Tami & Ralph Dekle of Duncanville, Randy & Lynn Rudd of Italy, Rodney (Hot Rod) & Khristine Rudd of Idaho, Karen Roberts of Ft Worth, Chris Roberts of Ft Worth, Kay Roberts of Sunset, Jackie & Bruce Holmes of Cedar Hill, and Janine Gannon of Longview. He is survived by one uncle and aunt, Marvin Davis and Joyce Davis both of Kentucky. He will be missed by many including a multitude of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Randy was preceded in death by his mother, Billie Jean Davis Brennan and his parents PW & Mable Watson. Also preceding him in death were his father-in-law, Charles Rudd and brother-in-law, Sam Roberts.

Pallbearers are Damond Compton, Jeremy Rhea, Toby Granzin, Justin Rudd, Jase Rudd, Jacob Dekle, Jerry Chambers and Rick Penn. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Italy Volunteer Fire Department.

Visitation will be at Wayne Boze Funeral Home on Monday, October 5, from 6- 8 PM. Services to celebrate his life will be at the Cowboy Church of Ellis County, with burial to follow at the Waxahachie City Cemetery.