William Burrell Crompton Jr.

Published 12:09 am Friday, May 24, 2013

William Burrell Crompton Jr.

December 23, 1928 – May 22, 2013

William Burrell Crompton, Jr. Lt. Col. US Army Retired, age 84, a resident of River Road, Washington, NC, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Ridgewood Manner Nursing Home. A graveside celebration of his life with military honors will be held Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Oakdale Cemetery, Washington, NC officiated by Dr. Jimmy Moore. A reception for family and friends will be Sunday, May 26, 2013 from 1:00 until 2:00 PM at Hillside Funeral Service, 4500 Hwy. 264 E., Washington, NC and then proceed to the cemetery in procession.

Lt. Col. Crompton was born in New Castle, DE on December 23, 1928 son of the late William Burrell Crompton, Sr. and Kathryn Roberts Crompton. He was married to Betty P. Crompton on November 1, 1952 who survives. Lt. Col. Crompton joined the Army at age 17 and served his country for 28 years. He graduated from Chaminade University in Honolulu, HI and earlier attended the University of Delaware. He was a member of PKA Fraternity.

Lt. Col. Crompton was a veteran of the Korean War where he served as a member of the Counterintelligence Corps. During the Vietnam War he served as an adviser to the Vietnamese and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. Among his various tours was time spent in the 11th and 82nd Airborne Divisions, Headquarters 18th Airborne corps and he served as a Special Forces Officer with Special Action Force Asia.

Upon his retirement from the Army he was employed as a finance officer at Tideland Mental Health Center from 1978 until 1991. He served on the board of Brown Library and was also a member of the Washington Yacht and Country Club where he enjoyed sailing and golf. He was a trumpet player and loved playing “big band” music with various groups in the area and he especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family and beloved grandchildren.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his sons, William Burrell Crompton, III and wife Diana of Annapolis, MD; Timothy Lee Crompton and wife Pat of Washington and Richard Edward Crompton and wife Daisy of San Diego, CA and his grandchildren, Sarah Crompton Hayes and husband Matt; William Burrell Crompton, IV; Ashley Burton Crompton; Timothy Lee Crompton, Jr.; Christian Banks Crompton and Kyle Ikaika Crompton.

The family suggests memorials be made to Friends of The Library, c/o Brown Library, 122 Van Norden St., Washington, NC 27889.

You may share a memory with the family by visiting www.hillsidefuneralservice.com. Hillside Funeral Service & Cremations, 4500 Hwy 264 E, Washington, NC has been given the honor of being entrusted with serving the Crompton family.





Bernice Gautier Griffin

May 22, 2013

Bernice Gautier Griffin, 90, of the 6000 block of Fire Department Road, died Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in Vintage Inn.  Mrs. Griffin was the daughter of the late Bell Williams and McDonald Gautier and was the wife of the late Ira Frederick “Fred” Griffin.  She was a graduate of Washington High School, a member of Maple Grove Christian Church, and a member of the Farm Life Ruritanette Club.

Surviving include her son, Ira Frederick “Freddie” Griffin and his wife Jane of the Farmlife Community; her grandsons:  Tray Griffin and his wife Melinda of Homestead FL and Robb Griffin of Cary, NC; her step grandson Clint Williams and his wife Meredith of Chocowinity, NC; her step granddaughter Casey Williams of Greenville, NC; her great granddaughter, Elizabeth Griffin, her great grandson Ira F. Griffin, IV; her step grandchildren Carley Williams, Cutter Williams, and Peyton Williams; her sister-in-law, Helen Gautier, and her nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Griffin in preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her infant daughter Cecilia Ann, her grandson Todd Griffin, her sisters:  Arah Bell Carraway, Eloise Stallings, and infant Elsie Martin Gautier and her brothers, Harry Hodges Gautier and MC Gautier.

Bernice loved her family, friends, and neighbors. She was a great cook and loved to bake for her friends.  She loved working in her garden, canning and freezing vegetables, and picking up pecans.  Her gazebo was her pride and joy and she decorated her yard for the seasons, including a black cat made from a roll of hay for Halloween.  She always preferred working in the yard to working in the house. She loved to travel – flew to Hawaii, took a road trip to Seattle, Washington, New England, The World’s Fair in Tennessee, and lots of other places.  She also loved Bills’ Hot Dogs.  At the age of 55 she began working at Belk’s of Williamston and continued working for 23 years until she retired at the age of 78.

Funeral Services will be held at 7:00 PM on Saturday, May 25, 2013 in Maple Grove Christian Church with Pastors Jay Hardison and Kyle Hayden officiating.   The family will receive friends at the church from 5:00 PM – 6:45 PM prior to the service.   A Private Burial will be held with the family on Sunday in Tice Cemetery.  Friends may send online condolences by visiting www.jimmysawyerfdl.com.  Jimmy D. Sawyer Funeral Director Licensee is serving the Griffin family.