Compton, James Michael

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August 18, 1947 - August 18, 2017

Compton, James Michael

James Michael Compton, known to friends as “Mike,” passed away on Friday, August 18, 2017, his seventieth birthday.

There are a few great men, and now there is one less. Mike was an incredible, God-loving man who chose a quiet path and let his actions be his voice. Fittingly, that’s how he left this world, quiet and peacefully but bold enough to pass on his birthday. He touched many people with his huge heart and kind actions, and he lived to serve anyone who crossed his path. He enjoyed nothing more than taking care of those he loved, especially his wife. Mike was the most devoted father and loved any activity involving his children. There was never any question his family was his highest priority.

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Mike spent much of his youth in Alabama. He graduated from Coffee County High School in Manchester, Tennessee, in 1965. Mike attended Middle Tennessee State University where he was on the competitive shooting team, graduating with a degree in history in 1969. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. He served as a Cobra Helicopter pilot in Vietnam and was awarded three Air Medals, two with V Devices, for actions in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain from the Army in 1973.

Mike and Kathy met in February of 1970 and were married in 1972 after he returned from Vietnam. Early in their marriage, they lived in several locations, including Illesheim, Germany. They eventually settled in Carrollton, Texas, where they raised their three children.

After his military service, Mike spent his entire professional career of 37 years with Texas Instruments, retiring as flight dispatcher and scheduler for the TI Flight Department in 2008. He served on the National Business Aviation Association Schedulers and Dispatchers Committee and chaired the committee in 2001. During his early time with Texas Instruments, Mike studied and received his MBA from St. Edward’s University in Georgetown, Texas.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 44 years, Mary Katherine “Kathy” (née McGlaun); his mother-in-law, Nadell McGlaun of Plano, Texas; his children Karen and Bryan Compton of Plano, Texas, Dr. Jeffrey Compton of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Carin and Cameron Asby of Houston, Texas. He will be fondly remembered by his three grandchildren, Anna Katherine, Elizabeth James, and Leo Thomas Asby of Houston, Texas. Mike also leaves behind his brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Ray and Rhonda Compton of Paris, Tennessee, and his niece Bailey Compton of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Included in the many who will miss him most are his two beloved dogs, Lola and Jon-Jon.

Mike is preceded in death by his parents Sarah Faye and Carson L. Compton and his father-in-law, Donald E. McGlaun.

Visitation with the family will begin at noon on Wednesday, August 23, and a funeral service will immediately follow at 1:30 pm at First Baptist Church Carrollton, Texas.

Graveside services, with military honors, will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 11:30 am at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211.

Memorial donations in memory of Mike can be made to:

John 3:16 Emergency Shelter ~ P.O. Box 1107012 ~ Carollton, Texas 75011

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Patty Hagen

August 24, 2017 9:53AM

Mike was one of the kindest and gentle mannered people. He had a smile for everyone he met and never minded lending a hand to someone. It was my privilege to have worked with Mike in the Aviation Community. My prayers to his wife and family during this most difficult time. We've lost a fine man.


Charlie Finch

August 23, 2017 7:57PM

I never had the pleasure of meeting Mike Compton, but I have had the privilege of having his son Jeff as one of my best friends these last several years. Any man who raises his kids to become men like Jeff must be a hell of a person himself. Reading about Mike, it is clear that he has made many contributions to this world, but none greater than the amazing family he left behind.


Lynn & Fred Nash

August 22, 2017 8:32PM

Our deepest condolences to Mike's family. He was my wonderful boss, mentor, and friend. Mike, you will truly be missed. Kathy & family, our prayers are with you.


Renee Courington

August 22, 2017 4:17PM

I am so sorry for you loss...however I know that up in heaven Aunt Faye was waiting to welcome her first born with open arms. The Alabama cousins are thinking of you and your family.


Ron Willis

August 22, 2017 2:41PM

Beautiful obituary for a life well lived. Mike and I were close in high school, at MTSU, and, most of all in the First Baptist Church in Manchester. His dad and mine were Deacons; we shared many great times in that church. RIP, Mike.


Sarah Szuminski

August 22, 2017 11:35AM

I was fortunate to meet and become friends with Carin during our study abroad semester while at A&M. Even all these years later, I can remember Carin speaking with admiration and pride about her father. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you are comforted by warm memories of his life and the times you all shared together.


Gordon (Joe) Warner

August 22, 2017 11:10AM

When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now. I extend my most sincere condolences to you.
In the words of Helen Keller: What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.


larry johnson

August 21, 2017 9:59PM

Went to HS with Mike and like most classmates, lost track. Seems to have had a nice family and good life. My condolences in your grief.


Dale Miller

August 21, 2017 3:18PM

My sincerest condolences to Mike's family. He and I were classmates in high school, lived in the same neighborhood as teens, and were in Vietnam at about the same time. May he rest in peace.


Pat & Ken Hendry

August 21, 2017 1:01PM

Kathy we are so sorry for your loss. Mike was a sweet and caring man. He will be missed.


Wynell and Bob Esson

August 21, 2017 10:50AM

Kathy and your sweet family,
Bob and I send our deepest sympathy. All of you are in my prayers.
Love,
Wynell and Bob


Kirk and Cheryl Rothell

August 19, 2017 9:24PM

We send our love to Kathy and her family. Mike was loved by all of us in the rv club. He will be missed.


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