Whitesburg KY

Mayking native dies in Georgia at 93; she was last of four teaching sisters



Larue Webb Compton passed away at Buckingham South Assisted Living in Savannah, Georgia on Friday, January 29, 2021.

Born in Letcher County on November 2,1927 to Critt and Ora Ellen Webb of Mayking, she attended high school in Whitesburg. Aspiring to teach young children, Larue started her teaching career before graduating college. Under an emergency wartime certificate, Larue taught her first class in 1946-47 in Kona before graduating from Pikeville College in 1948.

The day Larue graduated college she married her college sweetheart and husband of 68 years, Billy Fred Compton. Larue continued her teaching — four years in the Pike County district and eight years at the Pikeville independent city school.

In 1964, Larue, Billy and their young daughter moved to Savannah, Georgia, where Larue taught second grade for 22 years at Thunderbolt Elementary. The oldest of four sisters, she was often mistaken for one of her other two sisters living in Savannah, Irene Cook and Lucy Osborne Horton, who taught at May Howard Elementary on Wilmington Island. Together the three taught hundreds of children in Georgia’s Chatham County the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic.

The fourth sister, Carlene Gose, taught school in Letcher County. Together the four sisters have impacted the lives of students over almost four decades because of their passion for teaching and love of learning.

As with her sisters, Larue’s legacy can be seen in the lives of the students she nurtured throughout her 34 years of teaching. She was an active member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Society for women educators. She was a member of the Georgia Retired Teachers Association and the Chatham County Retired Teachers Association.

Larue was also a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Pikeville and later in Savannah.

Larue taught Sunday school and served as a church deaconess for many years.

She enjoyed her family and often took trips back to Kentucky to visit her sister, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Larue enjoyed shopping, antiquing, quilting and traveling. She also enjoyed getting together with family and friends, tailgating at the University of Georgia, Atlanta Braves baseball, and baking everyone’s favorite treats or dishes.

Larue is survived by her daughter, Ellodee Compton Stewart, son-in-law Roger Philip Stewart, nephew Bill Mark Osborne of Rincon, Ga., niece Karen Gose Hunsucker of Lexington, nephews Joe Gose and Jeff Gose of Mayking, and many great-nephews and great-nieces. She is also survived by her dear friend Jane Weldy, who taught across the hall from Larue at Thunderbolt.

Larue was preceded in death by her husband, Billy F. Compton; her brother, James Edison Webb (1926- 1929); and three sisters, Carlene W. Gose of Mayking, and Lucy Osborne Horton and Irene W. Cook of Savannah.

Because of the COVID pandemic, no visitation or service will be held in Savannah. Burial will be at Johnson Memorial Cemetery in Pikeville.

The Baker McCullough Funeral Home of Savannah (912-927-1999) has charge of arrangements.

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