COMP­TON, Bet­ter­ton,

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - WEATHER DESK -

91, of Sand­ston, passed away peace­fully in his sleep dur­ing the early hours of Oc­to­ber 11, 2017. Bet­ter­ton was born May 25, 1926, to James and Louise Comp­ton. The 10th of 11 chil­dren, he grew up on his par­ents’ tobacco farm near Ken­bridge in Lunen­berg County. Drafted shortly af­ter his 18th birth­day, Bet­ter­ton served in the Army dur­ing World War II and par­tic­i­pated in the Bat­tle of the Bulge. Fol­low­ing his re­turn to the United States, he con­tin­ued to serve his coun­try as a mem­ber of the 80th di­vi­sion of the Army Re­serves, ul­ti­mately re­tir­ing as a Sergeant, First Class. Bet­ter­ton met his fu­ture wife, Mar­ian Yeatts, on a blind date to her se­nior prom. They were wed two years later on June 8, 1950. Soon af­ter, the cou­ple left Ken­bridge and set­tled in Sand­ston, where he quickly be­came heav­ily in­volved in his new com­mu­nity. He spent 40 years with Hen­rico County’s Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works, work­ing as the county’s chief road in­spec­tor. Out­side of work, he con­trib­uted to the Sand­ston com­mu­nity by serv­ing as Pres­i­dent of the Sand­ston pool, be­ing ac­tive in Sand­ston Lit­tle League and Babe Ruth League, and par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Sand­ston chap­ter of the Ru­ri­tan Club. Ad­di­tion­ally, Bet­ter­ton was a de­vout Chris­tian and ded­i­cated much of his time to his church, Corinth United Methodist. Be­yond all of his pro­fes­sional achieve­ments and con­tri­bu­tions to his com­mu­nity, Bet­ter­ton was de­voted to his fam­ily. Pos­sess­ing pa­tience and love far ex­ceed­ing what most are ca­pa­ble of, he con­sis­tently placed the needs of his loved ones be­fore his own. A gen­tle, open-minded man, he rarely ut­tered a harsh word and was al­ways will­ing to lis­ten to the thoughts, con­cerns, and wishes of those around him. He was the epit­ome of a warm, car­ing and gen­er­ous hus­band, fa­ther and grand­fa­ther. Bet­ter­ton is sur­vived by his wife, Mar­ian Yeatts Comp­ton; his son, Bet­ter­ton Wayne Comp­ton; his daugh­ter, Pa­tri­cia Comp­ton Lilly (Daniel); and his grand­chil­dren, Nathan Lilly (Janell), Justin Lilly (Vi­viane), Claire Comp­ton, Danielle Lilly, Gray Comp­ton; and his great­grand­chil­dren, Saman­tha Lilly, Cam­den Lilly, Jor­dynn Lilly and Jaxon Lilly. Bet­ter­ton’s ser­vice will be held at Corinth United Methodist Church on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 14, at 12 noon, with a vis­i­ta­tion one hour prior to the ser­vice. In­ter­ment will fol­low in Wash­ing­ton Memo­rial Park. In lieu of flow­ers, memo­rial do­na­tions can be made to Bon Se­cours Health­care Foun­da­tion at bsvaf.org/rich­mond or the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion at alz.org.

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