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Nolan (Jack) Compton, 78, Greensburg, KY (1943-2022)

Nolan "Jack" Compton of Greensburg, Kentucky, son of the late Elam L. Compton and Artie Bell Richards Compton, was born on Monday, October 11, 1943 in Adair County, Kentucky and departed this life in the comfort of his own home surrounded by his family. He had obtained the age of 78 years, 3 months and 4 days of age.

He had made a profession of faith in Christ and attended the Greensburg Separate Baptist Church. Jack, also known as "JJ", loved his CB radios and spent many hours talking to his friends. He was also known for his trading and loved a "good deal" as he would call it. He worked as a mechanic for many years and was a foreman of oil-field operations at W.L. Johnson Supply & Company for 20 plus years.

During his retirement, he could often be found setting on his front porch talking to his family and friends. He treated everyone with kindness, he never met a stranger, and was always the first to help someone in need. Due to Jack's strength of character, leadership, and dedication to others welfare above his own, he was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by former Governor Paul E. Patton.

Jack loved spending time with his family and friends, and telling many stories. He loved his dogs Booger and Duke and traveled nowhere without them. He loved his children and grandchildren. He was always teaching them a lesson on life and making sure they had everything they needed. The love he had for his sweet Ann was one of an epic love story, soulmates from the time they met until he left to go to his heavenly home. He made sure to tell everyone to take care of her and most importantly, he loved the Lord.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mary Ann Wright Compton of Greensburg, having united in marriage on June 23, 1962.

Other survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law: Teresa and Don DeSpain, Jackie Montgomery all of Greensburg, and Christy and Robbie Price of Campbellsville; six grandchildren: Wesley DeSpain, Jeremy DeSpain, Chuckie Montgomery, Elizabeth Montgomery, Ethan Price, and Brody Price; three great-grandchildren: Lexie DeSpain, Hunter DeSpain, and Dallas DeSpain; a bonus son: Mike Compton and his wife, Karen; a sister: Goldie Redmon of Indiana; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Nancy and Booie Houk, Christine Wright, Mary Frances Wright, Jim Wright, Bill and Connie Wright all of Greensburg; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Jack was also preceded in death by two brothers: Lawrence Compton and Lindie Compton; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Eva Gilpin, Goble Franklin, Catherine and Hop Wright, Beatty and Cleston Patterson, Kenneth Wright, Judell Wright, Ted Wright, Imogene Compton, and Buck Redmon.

The funeral services for Nolan "Jack" Compton will be conducted at 2pmCT Thursday, January 20, 2022 at the Cowherd and Parrott Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Bethlehem Cemetery. Bro. Jonathan Meadows and Bro. Dan Perkins officiating.

Visitation is requested from 3-8 Wednesday and after 7 Thursday until time of the funeral service.

PALLBEARERS: Don DeSpain, Robbie Price, Wesley DeSpain, Jeremy DeSpain, Chucky Montgomery, Elizabeth Montgomery, Ethan Price, Mike Compton, Marty Harper, Troy Wright, Brody Price, Lexie DeSpain, Hunter DeSpain, and Dallas DeSpain.

HONORARY PALLBEARERS: Robert Purvis, Daryl Taylor, Booie Houk, Jim Warf, Bill Wright, Jim Wright, Delano Rayburn, Wendell Rayburn, Glen Corbin, Mickie Judd, Randy Jones, Marco Mitchell, Joe Reynolds, and all nieces and nephews

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Jack Compton, Green County, KY (1943-2022)

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