Pleasant M. Compton
Inscription and Notes:
b. Jasper Co., GA; d. Milledgeville
On monument in center of lot.
Georgia Legislature 1840. Surveyor General of Georgia, per Cook.
Death of Mr. P. M. Compton (Union Recorder, Mar. 25, 1890)
This gentleman, who has been confined to his home for six months, by sickness, passed peacefully away on Wednesday morning at four o'clock, surrounded by all his family but Maj. J. C. Compton of Selma, Ala., who was absent on account of the illness of his wife, but who had visited his father frequently during his protracted illness.
Mr. Pleasant M. Compton was born in Jasper county, September 13th, 1810, and was in his 80th year, at his death. In early manhood he went to Jackson, Butts county, and engaged in the mercantile business. He represented that county in the lower branch of the legislature. Subsequently he was elected Surveyor General and took up his residence in this city. In 1855 he entered the mercantile business in this city, in which pursuit he continued up to the day of his death, and was eminently successful. For thirty years he, under different co-partnerships, occupied the same store room in the Masonic Hall, and "Compton's Corner" became as familiar to everybody as any public place in this city. For more than thirty years Mr. Compton was the local Agent of the Southern Mutual Insurance Co. of Athens, one of the most reliable and prosperous Fire Insurance Companies in the South.
Mr. Compton was a man of the strictest integrity -- his word was good as his bond, in his business or out of it. He was respectful and polite to every one who deserved it. He loved his business, and when he left it, he left it for his home. He was devoted to his family, and his children idolized him. Quiet as his outward manner generally manifested his inner feelings, he was fond of humorous stories or anecdotes, and no man could laugh more heartily than he when a good thing was told or read to him. He was universally respected by white and black in this city, and was the trusted agent of many widow ladies, whose confidence and trust he never betrayed. He will not be forgotten soon in this community, nor will we soon look upon his like again.
The members of the family, present at the bedside of Mr. Compton when he died, were his wife and his brother, Maj. Reese Compton of Atlanta, and the following children: Mrs. Frobel of Atlanta, Mrs. Laura Miller and Mrs. Ann Lee, of this city, Mr. L. H. Compton, of this city, and Dr. Guy Compton, of Texas. The funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Thursday at the Presbyterian church and were conducted by Rev. D. McQueen, and a very large number of our citizens were present. All the stores were closed during these services.
The following were pall-bearers: Messrs. P. J. Cline, H. E. Hendrix, Walter Paine, W. T. Conn, John M. Edwards and M. Hines.