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.