PASTOR DOUGLAS RAYE COMPTON
“To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
A Time To Be Born
Douglas Raye Compton was born on October 06, 1951 to John Compton and Elvina Thomas of Bunkie, Louisiana.
A Time To Live
Douglas was raised and educated in the parish (county) of Avoyelles, Louisiana. Upon graduation from Bunkie High School in 1970, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. After basic training, he was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida where he met his wife Sherrell. They were married in June of 1973. Their first son, John-Douglas was born on November 30, 1981, and their second son, Chris Henry, was born on April 6, 1987.
During the course of his military career, Douglas was afforded the opportunity to travel and experience many extraordinary things. He traveled extensively as a member of the United States Air Force Basketball Team. This privilege took him to places like Italy, Spain, Greece, and Germany, just to name a few. Stations of duty included Warner Robins Air Force Base where he served in the 2955th Combat Logistics Support Squadron. Additional duty stations included Aviano Air Force Base in Aviano, Italy, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, Duke Field and Eglin Air Force Base. After retiring from the United States Air Force, he was employed by the Okaloosa County Department of Corrections for eleven years, where he served as a Correctional Officer and as a member of the SRT Team (Special Response Team).
Douglas accepted the call to ministry and was licensed as a minister in Warner Robins, Georgia under the leadership of Pastors Clyde and Paula Johns of The International City Church of God (now The Rain Church). Douglas served as Associate Pastor of the Niceville Church of God in Niceville Florida for five years. In May of 1993, Douglas and his wife Sherrell started a missions church in Crestview, Florida. As founder and pastor of the New life International Worship Center Church of God, he served faithfully for 28 years until God brought him home.
A Time to Laugh, Rejoice, and Dance
Though Douglas was often regarded as a stern, serious, strong and heroic man, he possessed an unexpected wit and laughter that brought joy to those of us who were fortunate enough to know him. He truly believed that laughter was medicine for the soul.
He believed in celebrating life victories with a thankful victory dance. One of his favorite songs to dance to was “It Could Have Been Me” by Kirk Franklin, J. Moss, & Tye Tribbett.
A Time to Weep
The ending of a life, though we know to expect it, always seems to bring about tears and sadness. Douglas’ family and friends are experiencing this weeping and sadness. While weeping may endure for a night, the day will come when we’ll be able to again rejoice with him in heaven.
Douglas leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Sherrell, son John-Douglas Compton, wife Danette and granddaughter Carmelita. His son Chris, and grandchildren LayLani, Tatiana, Malachi, Anna, LaKele, nephews Stephen and David Knight, a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. His life work, the New Life International Worship Center Church family, spiritual sons and daughters, fellow clergymen and women and very special friends.
A Time to Die
Douglas departed this life on earth on Monday, October 18, 2021.
Your words have comforted us, your support has strengthened us, and your love has sustained us.
We extend our deepest thanks to you for your kindness during our greatest sadness. We appreciate you more than words can express and it will always be remembered.
The Family Of Douglas Raye Compton
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