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Descendants of John H. Wellmaker, Sr

233. THOMAS HEFLIN6 COMPTON (CLERA CLARA "QUE"5 NICHOLS, JOEL LAFAYETTE "FATE"4, SUSAN ELIZABETH3 WELLMAKER, ELIAS2, JOHN H.1) was born October 18, 1920 in Rocky Hill Community near Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama, and died 2002 in Inverness, Citrus County, Florida. He married MYRTLE MAE STANFORD March 03, 1942 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, daughter of WILLIAM STANFORD and MAE KITE. She was born February 25, 1926 in Plant City, Hillsborough County, Florida.

Notes for T
Thomas Heflin Compton was the sixth child of James Clifford Compton and Clera Nichols, born in the Rocky Hill area of Crenshaw County near Brantley, Alabama. He attended school at Thurston, no longer in existence, and at Brantley. During these years of his childhood he also was involved in the daily chores of his parent's farm.
In 1940 he attempted to enlist into the United States Navy but was rejected due to being colorblind. Being a man of determination he then made his attempt at the Army and was accepted. His enlistment date was August 19, 1940. This was the beginning of what would be a long Military service for Thomas.
His first duty assignment was at Fort Jackson, South Carolina where he was assigned to the 8th Infantry Division. In December 1940 he transferred to the Army Air Corps at Maxwell Army AirField in Montgomery, Alabama.
While on duty at Moody Army AirField in Valdosta, Georgia during 1942, he made a short visit to Tampa, Florida to visit his sister, Kern Voncile Compton-Jayroe. While there he met Myrtle Mae Stanford. She was the daughter of William Stanford and Mae Kite of Tampa, born February 25, 1926 in Plant City, Hillsborough County, Florida. Thomas and Myrtle were married in Tampa on March 03, 1942.
World War II soon parted Thomas and Myrtle when Thomas was sent to England. During World War II, Thomas served in the European Theater of Operations with the 19th Tactical Air Command Fighter-Bomber Wing (P-47 Thunderbolts) arriving at Omaha Beach in France D-Day + 31 in support of General Patton's 3rd Army. During the war, he served in most of Europe from France to Germany. He returned home and was reunited with Myrtle in September 1945. They would not part again.
During the rest of his time in service, Thomas was sent to many different areas of the world but always managed to have his family with him. He was in areas from Japan to Alaska, to the Lower States and Europe. He retired from the United States Air Force at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama on October 01, 1970 as Chief Master Sergeant. His home of choice after retirement was in Inverness, Florida.
Two sons were born to this union.

A Note about Thomas:

Thomas took up the torch of genealogy as a hobby in his retirement, researching in depth the families associated to his family tree. Much of his work has been published and is registered in the Library of Congress. I'm not quite certain if he realized just what he was getting into and how it would turn out. However, I am certain of the impact it has had on so many and especially on this researcher.
For several years my mother had a book that Thomas had published on the Nichols Family. At first, I didn't give much credence to it. It was just a curiosity. However, later in life, I started thinking about ancestors and came to the realization that I knew nothing. At that point, I went back to his book and saw it in a new light. It has been my launch pad and I owe him a sincere debt of gratitude.
Thomas had to give up the research due to brain cancer. He has fought a courageous battle and the cancer was in remission. I'm sad to report however, that his cancer returned and he passed away in 2002. He leaves a tremendous legacy.
I give my regards to his family and I would like for them to know that I will continue on in my research in honor of him.

Kendrick Shackleford

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Compton, Thomas Heflin. Pioneer Families of Crenshaw County, Alabama. Inverness, Fla. : Thomas H. & Myrtle M. Compton, [between 1980 and 1991] [ALAV97-B49]
[Ref.-County Crenshaw 929.20976136 C738p] ***

Compton, Thomas Heflin. Compton Family Scrapbook. Inverness, Fla.: Thomas Heflin Compton.

_______. The Crook Family: Descendents [sic] of Lewis and Susannah Crook of Wilkes

County, Georgia. Inverness, Fla.: T. H. And M. M. Compton, [1988?]
_______. Tisdale, Capps, Clancey Family Scrapbook. Inverness, Fla.: T. H. Compton,

[between 1980 and 1989].

Library of Congress, subject "Alabama--genealogy"

90-100278: Compton, Thomas Heflin, 1920- A record of the
Brunson-Capps-Tisdale & Johnson families of Crenshaw County, Alabama /
Inverness, Fla. (10380 East Pike Drive, Inverness 32650) : T.H. Compton,
1983] 11, v, 463 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
LC CALL NUMBER: CS71.B821 1983

More About T
Marriage: March 03, 1942, Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida
Children of T
  i.   MICHAEL DONOVAN7 COMPTON, b. January 01, 1948, Ladd Feild AFB, Fairbanks, Fairbanks County, Alaska.
Michael graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery, Alabama. After High School he joined the U. S. Air Force where he served for eight years as a Medical Lab Technician.
After service, Michael attended the University of South Florida where he majored in History. He may currently be teaching. Michael has never married.
Michael was born at Fort Wainwright Army Field, formerly known as Ladd Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Fairbanks County, Alaska.

495. ii.   PATRICK LEE COMPTON, b. August 08, 1951, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama.

234. WALTER REX6 COMPTON (CLERA CLARA "QUE"5 NICHOLS, JOEL LAFAYETTE "FATE"4, SUSAN ELIZABETH3 WELLMAKER, ELIAS2, JOHN H.1) was born May 23, 1923 in Rocky Hill Community near Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama, and died February 28, 1980 in Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama. He married (1) LILLIE SHIRLEY May 08, 1948 in Crenshaw County, Alabama. She was born Abt. 1925 in Crenshaw County, Alabama, and died Unknown in Crenshaw County, Alabama. He married (2) ELIZABETH BUTLER- DORMAN November 09, 1973 in Crenshaw County, Alabama. She was born Abt. 1925 in Alabama.

Notes for W
Walter, known by most as "Rex," was the seventh child born to James Clifford Compton and Clera Nichols. He was born in the area of Crenshaw County west of Brantley that was known as the "Rocky Hill Community" during 1923.
Becoming an accomplished musician in his younger years, Rex hooked up with another local musician a short distance away in Butler County in 1937. This person was Hiram "Hank" Williams of Georgiana. Playing the local Honky Tonks and the local radio stations, Rex had what appeared to be a promising career as an original member of Hanks band known as "The Drifting Cowboys."
In November 1941 the promise of a musical career ended in an auto accident in Montgomery, Alabama at an intersection at Huntington College known as "Five Points." The bandwagon that Rex was driving was slammed in the left side by a speeding vehicle.
The metal rod of the driver's side sun visor sheared and pierced Rex's left temple. Rex never fully recovered and was seriously affected in any attempts for other careers. He managed however to scrape a living throughout his years in Crenshaw County though he was plagued by constant seizures due to that particular injury.
Rex married two times. His first wife was Lillie Shirley from Crenshaw County. They were married in 1948. Two children were born from this union, both girls. This marriage ended in divorce. Rex married again in 1973 to Elizabeth Butler-Dorman, daughter of Robert "Bob" Butler and Celesta Sanders. No children were born in this marriage.
Rex developed lung cancer in the late 1970s and spent the last few weeks of his life with his daughter Judy. He died on February 28, 1980 in Mobile, Alabama. Rex was buried in the new section of the Spring Hill Church Cemetery in Crenshaw County, within a few miles of his original homeplace.

      A note from Kendrick Shackleford

My father, not only a relative but good friend of Rex, visited often with Rex when I was very young in the late 1950s. I remember going to his home many times and my parents staying late. I enjoyed the visits too, him having children close to my age as well. With my brother and sister we would exhaust ourselves and always go to sleep with the sound of him playing some sort of instrument, be it fiddle or guitar.
I grew up accustomed to this life style and music was a very important part of it. Though my music taste did vary with the later years I will always look back upon that simpler time as having a great affect on my life. Not only did I gain a true appreciation in music but also an appreciation for these artist of an earlier era that greatly affected not only the music industry, but also the culture of this country, if not world, as a whole.


More About W
Marriage: May 08, 1948, Crenshaw County, Alabama

More About W
Marriage: November 09, 1973, Crenshaw County, Alabama
Children of W
496. i.   GLORIA ANN7 COMPTON, b. February 13, 1949, Crenshaw County, Alabama.
  ii.   JUDY GAYLE COMPTON, b. January 02, 1950, Crenshaw County, Alabama; m. DOUGLAS WAYNE BOSWELL, April 01, 1966, Possible Crenshaw County, Alabama; b. Abt. 1947, Possible Crenshaw County, Alabama.
Divorced: Unknown, Unknown

Marriage: April 01, 1966, Possible Crenshaw County, Alabama

235. LILLIAN T.6 COMPTON (CLERA CLARA "QUE"5 NICHOLS, JOEL LAFAYETTE "FATE"4, SUSAN ELIZABETH3 WELLMAKER, ELIAS2, JOHN H.1) was born April 22, 1926 in Rocky Hill Community near Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama, and died April 28, 1998 in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama. She married HENRY DEMPSEY BUSH July 02, 1949 in Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabaam. He was born August 20, 1924 in Near Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama, and died March 02, 1983 in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama.

Notes for L
Lillian Compton, eighth child of James Clifford Compton and Clera Clara Nichols, was born during 1926 in the Rocky Hill Community near the Spring Hill Community in Crenshaw County, Alabama. Lillian attended school near her home place and in Brantley, Alabama. She continued on with her education in the Nursing Profession.
During 1949 Lillian married Henry Dempsey Bush in Brantley. At this time of their life together Henry painted homes as a profession. Later they would move to Montgomery, Alabama where Henry became a Paint Contractor. Henry's health declined later in his life forcing him out of the Contractor side of painting. He was working at the Baptist Hospital in Montgomery, Alabama in the hospital paint shop shortly before his death in 1983.
Before and after her husband's death Lillian was the Assistant Manager of Katherine's Dress Shop" in Montgomery. During this time Lillian's sister, Kern Voncile Compton-Jayroe, was living with her. Kern was living in Tampa, Florida until shortly after her husband, Sam Ben Jayroe, died.
Lillian died in Montgomery in 1998. Five children were born to this union.

More About H
Marriage: July 02, 1949, Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabaam
Children of L
497. i.   TERRY JEROME7 BUSH, b. September 27, 1950, Possible Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama.
  ii.   DEBORAH BUSH, b. September 10, 1953, Possible Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama.
  Notes for DEBORAH BUSH:
As of 1980, Deborah was working with the "Royal Office Equipment Company" in Montgomery, Alabama. She was unmarried at that time.

498. iii.   REBECCA DIANE BUSH, b. February 08, 1957, Possible Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama.
  iv.   PAMELA BUSH, b. August 02, 1958, Possible Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama.
  v.   HENRY CARROLL BUSH, b. August 23, 1962, Possible Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama.

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