Thursday, May 5, 2011

James William "Bill" LeCompte, age 83, of Cassville, Missouri, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2011, in Cassville Health Care and Rehabilitation.

He was born February 7, 1928, in Cassville at the family home, to Norman G. and Dove (Edmondson) LeCompte. On November 28, 1948, in the Aurora Methodist Church, he was united in marriage to Barbara Zane Boyd and to this union three sons were born. Barbara survives along with their children, James William "Jim" LeCompte, II, his wife, Gayle, and their three children, Danielle Dove LeCompte, Gabrielle Dawn LeCompte and James William "Wil" LeCompte III; Richard Le Boyd LeCompte, his wife, Nancy, and their two children, Remy Alexandra LeCompte and William DeVere LeCompte; and Michael Zane LeCompte, his wife, Jill and their three children, Victoria Zane LeCompte, Michael Zane LeCompte II, and Jillian Micol LeCompte.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and one brother, DeVere LeCompte who passed away in 1952.

Bill grew up and received his education at Cassville, graduating from Cassville High School with the Class of 1946 and then attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Bill owned and operated the LeCompte's Building Center from 1947 until his death. The business had been started by his father, Norman G. LeCompte in 1937.

Bill was a member of the Cassville United Methodist Church for more than eighty years, serving as Board Chairman and Lay Leader, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and a long time choir member. Bill was a fifty year member of both the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine and Pythagoras Lodge #383, a fifty-year member of the Cassville Rotary Club, serving as club president in 1963-1964 and as the long-time sergeant at arms. He served as Cubmaster and was a board member of the Boy Scout Troop 76. From 1967 until 1985, Bill served as Cassville Mayor and was a city councilman from 1965 through 1967. He was currently serving on the Industrial Development Corporation as vice-chairman. Bill was a member of Cassville Chamber of Commerce for more than 50 years, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for 1991--1992.

From the early 1970s through 1984, Bill was the voice of the Cassville Wildcat football team. He also coached youth baseball.

Bill loved and served his family, his church, and his community.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 5, 2011, in Cassville United Methodist Church, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home. Reverend Lee Porch will conduct the services. Burial will be in Washburn Prairie Cemetery, Washburn, Missouri.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time Thursday in the church.

Contributions may be made to Cassville United Methodist Church in memory of Bill. Paid Obituary

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