1. I am John’s youngest cousin on the Compton side — my Dad Raymond and his mother Lola were brother and sister. When I was little, John and Becky lived in Annandale Virginia and went to our church. They didn’t have children yet and I was able to spend time with them and their dog Fluffy and cat Velvet — I have many wonderful memories of music, food, gardens, crafting, family and faith from those days. I also remember how happy they were when Debra and Barry joined their family.
    I still have Becky and John’s Christmas letter from 2000 and consider it the best Christmas letter ever written. It was full of news of family medical issues, engagements, graduations, sewing, weddings, and even mentioned (several times) that John did the laundry. It was a hoot.
    The Compton family loved to get together and eat — I fondly remember many family reunions and gatherings for Brunswick stew. Imagine our surprise when John (normally short haired and clean shaven) showed up at a family reunion with a white beard. Whenever I see David Letterman on TV today, I think of John and his retirement look.
    Free and last, free at last, thank God Almighty, John is free at last. Rest In Peace gentle giant.
    Becky and family — you are in our thoughts and prayers.