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John Murray Compton

John Murray Compton
  • October 4, 1949 - October 29, 2020
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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“Murray, you are one of the great men that I had the honor to meet. My thoughts and prayers are with and your family. ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: Scott Becker - MT PLEASANT, SC

“Sending hugs, love and prayers. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Wendell Lane - summerville, SC

“So sorry for your family’s loss. My prayers and love are with you all. ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Erin - Friend

“Cindy, Gerry and i are so sorry to hear of Murray's passing. You two have had such a close marriage for many years. We will keep you and your family...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Joan Gerken - Charleston, SC

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Murray Compton. I had the honor of sevicing with Lt Col Compton during Desert Storm. I pray for his family...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Jerry Bishop - Summerville, SC

“Cindy and family; I count it a blessing and privilege to have known Murray. He set the bar high and expected nothing less from his peers. He will be...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Walter OBrien

“Cindy, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family . I always remember Murray making me smile and especially all of those youth group...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Barbara flaherty - Friend

“Peace be with you, Cindy, and all the family of gentle Murray. May the light of the Lord shine upon him. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Gene Corrigan

“I am so sorry Cindy to hear of the passing of your husband. It has been many years since our days at BE. My daughter Jennifer went to BE with your...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Kathy Ring Bland - Charleston, SC

“I always liked and admired Murray. I am so sorry your family is suffering another lose. My sympathies and prayers are with you. ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Carol A. Yarborough - Friend

“RosaSo sorry to hear about your brother! ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Archie Thompson - Rio Vista, CA

“Senior photograph of Cadet 2Lt. J. Murray Compton from the 1972 Citadel Sphinx yearbook. A beloved brother and classmate from the Class of 1972. ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Richard B Hodges - Classmate

“I was so sorry to hear of Murray's passing. I have fond memories of spending time at the Compton's home when we were growing up. May God bless and...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Moran - Decatur, GA

“Murray was an Outstanding Man. We were Classmates at Summerville and The Citadel. You were just better for being around him. When I get to where you...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: J Lawson - Beaumont, TX


John Murray Compton, 71, died Thursday, October 29, 2020, at his home in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Murray was born in Summerville, SC, on October 4, 1949, son of John Murray Compton and Mary Ellen Cain Compton. He graduated from Summerville High School in 1968 and The Citadel with a degree in English in 1972. In addition, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Management from Webster University. Murray married Cynthia "Cindy" Robinson on May 27, 1972, Summerall Chapel, Charleston, SC.

Beginning his career in the beverage industry, Murray joined the family business as the third-generation of entrepreneurs at Dorchester Coca Cola Bottling Company. Subsequently, he became the founder of Appalachian Springs Bottled Water, Charleston, SC. Having served his country in the US Air Force, Murray earned rank of Lieutenant Colonel and retired after 20 years. He was a long-time member of Stella Maris Catholic Church. Among his many affiliations, Murray particularly appreciated his association with the Washington Light Infantry as well as with his friends in Quis Qui.

Murray is survived by his wife, Cindy Robinson Compton; daughter, Audrey Compton Vaughan (Jason) of Awendaw, SC; daughter, Mary Ellen Compton Baily (Michael) of Isle of Palms, SC; son, John Murray Compton, III (Allie) of Charleston, SC; seven grandchildren; brother, David J. C. Compton (Debbie) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; sister, Ellen Brooks (David) of Rocky Mount, NC; sister, Rosa Saylor of Prosperity, SC; sister-in-law, Dawn Compton of Summerville, SC; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Wingard Compton; and brother-in-law, Don Saylor.

The Traditional Latin Requiem Mass will be offered at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at Stella Maris Catholic Church, Sullivan's Island, SC. The Rite of Committal will follow at Mt. Pleasant Memorial Gardens with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stella Maris Building Fund (P.O. Box 280, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482) or to the John Murray Compton Scholarship Fund at The Citadel (171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29409).

Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mt. Pleasant Chapel, 1494 Mathis Ferry Rd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.