William  Compton
William Ansel 'Bill' Compton, age 80, Joplin, MO, passed away at 2:51 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at Oak Pointe, Carthage.
Bill was born September 2, 1938, in Lawrence County, MO, to the late Wilmer Horace Compton and Julia Ethel Lamb Compton. He grew up in Lockwood and attended Lockwood schools.
Bill farmed in the Golden City area for several years before returning to Joplin in 1980. He had driven for several trucking companies during his career, including MON-KEM Trucking, Tri-State Motor Transit and Casual for Yellow Freight, in Baxter Springs. He joined Contract Freighters, Inc., later known as C.F.I., as an owner/operator and was one of the longest running drivers in the company's history. He was also the first driver to log over four million miles. Throughout his driving career, Bill accumulated several awards for his dedication to the transportation industry.
Bill was a former member of Lamar Lodge #292, AF & AM and had also served as past grand master. He transferred his membership to Joplin Lodge #345, AF & AM several years ago. In past years, Bill enjoyed square dancing, polka dancing and hunting. He was a self-taught auctioneer and loved to sing along to his guitar. Bill was a faithful member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and will be missed by all who knew him.
On December 5, 1981, he married Bobbie Joan Giltner and lovingly helped her through 17 years of cancer. She departed this life on November 30, 2008.
Survivors include his wife, Fronsie Keller Compton, whom he married on June 4, 2010; two daughters, Cathy L. Scott (fiancé, Monroe Rosebrough), Wentworth, Karen D. Zwingle (Allen), Buckeye, AZ; three grandchildren, Justin Scott (Cheyenne), Ryan Scott (Deja), Bethany Mercer (James); three great-grandchildren, Ameliya and Murphie Scott, Elise Mercer; stepchildren, Carrie Giltner, Lutz, FL, Lisa Land, Webb City, Denisa Simpson (Lance), Webb City, Joe Hughes (Tami), Stockton; step grandchildren, Zac, Ashley, Darci, Katie, Michael, Carter, Brandon; and a niece, Shirley Boone, Joplin.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by a sister, Ida Mae Browning; a stepson-in-law, Chuck Land; and a step grandson, Tyler Land.
Services are planned for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Webb City. Rev. Kyle Beverlin will officiate. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Parker Mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Church Growth at Emmanuel Baptist Church, in care of Parker Mortuary.
Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.
Published on July 12, 2019


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Jul 23, 2019
I really wish I would've known this. He was the sweetest man!! I took care of him for quite some time at Oakpointe!! He will be missed dearly. Prayers for all ❤️
Dorothy Holland Vaughan
Jul 15, 2019
So sorry to hear of Bill's passing- he was such a nice guy. Always enjoyed square dancing with him. I'm sure he will be missed by lots of people
Karen Cross
Jul 12, 2019
I remember Bill from when I would stay at Cathys house when we were in school. He was always such a nice man who made you feel welcome. He always had a smile on his face. Thinking of you Cathy.
Gordon Dyson
Jul 12, 2019
My condolences to all family members - I have nothing but fond memories of my friend throughout high school and the years since. Ansel could always be counted on to do his part with a smile and positive attitude.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who shared a special place in his life.
Gordon Dyson
Patricia Anderson
Jul 12, 2019
I am so sorry Fronsie for your lost. I did not know Bill that well, but I met you thur Beulah Steele. She was my best friend in school.
I went to school with Frank. Joe Hughes married my ex daughter in law, Tami.
I live on Hearthstone, a couple of blocks from you.
If I can do anything, please let me know.
My prayers are with you.
Patricia Anderson