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Dorothy Oldham Williams

September 2, 1924 ~ March 11, 2019

Services will be held: March 30, 2019

Hester Rouse Garner

July 9, 1931 ~ March 19, 2019

Services will be held: March 22, 2019

Sandra Faye Collins

07/01/1947 ~ March 18, 2019

Services will be held: March 21, 2019

Pastor James L. Upchurch

September 15, 1941 ~ March 17, 2019

Services will be held: March 22, 2019

Letha Faye Etheridge

6/6/1939 ~ 3/16/2019

Services will be held: March 20, 2019

Jacob Joseph Sanok, III

10/24/1952 ~ March 17, 2019

Services will be held: March 23, 2019

Wayne Allen Taylor

1-29-1943 ~ 3-16-2019

Services will be held: March 19, 2019

Karen Keith Stewart

October 9, 1961 ~ March 7, 2019

Services will be held:

John Alex Compos

11/25/1940 ~ 04/15/2018

John Alex Compos was born in Wilmington, NC on November 25,1940 to Alex and Polly Compos. Growing up, he spent most days working in his father’s restaurant, The City Market Cafe, where he talked with the locals who became lifelong friends. He loved listening to the Lone Ranger radio shows. Throughout his life, he stayed dedicated to his hometown of Wilmington. He was an active alumnus of each of his alma maters — New Hanover High School, UNC-Wilmington and NC State University.  John worked as a computer programmer at IBM for 27 years. He was a dedicated member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Raleigh, NC, and served on the Parish Council for many years. He was nominated by his neighbors in his cul-de-sac to be the “Mayor of Dundee.” He enjoyed running his pizza booth at the NC State Fair, especially seeing all his friends who stopped by each year. For over thirty-five years, he attended Bible Study Fellowship. He served St. John the Merciful Outreach Ministry  with dedication and passion, never letting his physical limitations get in his way.

John and his wife Pauline were blessed with three daughters. He raised his daughters to be ladies, strong and independent, who could also do yard work and change a tire. He devoted his later years to his five grandchildren. John truly found his greatest role in life as their “Papou” (grandfather). Their interests became his passions. John attended their dance recitals, basketball games and band concerts. Every event included a heartfelt conversation where he gave the kids a recap of that event, and a little worldly advice. John was always happiest at the beach, and his favorite time each year was the family beach week, which he organized.

John is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Pauline Bambalis Compos; his three devoted daughters and son-in-laws, Polly and Stephen Anton of Greensboro, NC; Margaret and Dennis Dixon of Charlotte, NC; Aliki and Jonathan Cooper of Newport, RI; and the greatest joys of life, his five grandchildren: T.J. Dixon, Alex Anton, Demitri Dixon, Eleni Cooper and Pauline Cooper.  He is also survived by his sisters, Mary Marmaras and Helen Paliouras (Jim); and four sister-in-laws, Dena Paliouras (John), Nickie Agnos (John), Helen Bambalis, Emily Dermatas (Spyros), and many beloved nieces and nephews who he treated as his own.

Visitation will be held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 5000 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC on Wednesday, April 18 for 6:00-8:00pm and Trisagion will be at 7 pm.  Funeral will be held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on Thursday, April 19 at 11:00am. Interment will be held at Raleigh Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 5000 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC  27612, St. John the Merciful Outreach Ministry, 5309 Round Hill Lane, Raleigh, NC 27616 or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, www.jdrf.org




6:00 - 8:00 pm

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
5000 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh

7:00 pm Trisagion Service



11:00 am

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
5000 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh

In lieu of flowers, donations to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 5000 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC 27612; St. John the Merciful Outreach Ministry, 5309 Round Hill Lane, Raleigh, NC 27616


  1. Phil Stinnett

    Pauline, i worked with John many years at IBM. He was one of the best friends a guy could have. We worked on a couple of projects together, both at Lake Boone Trail and at the Main Site in RTP. As I’m sure you know, he was a very even handed person and mild manered. Many thanks for his willingness to organize the IBM reunion each year at the Golden Corral. We both attended Tom Moell’s funeral. Tom had a similar amputation and both never let it stop them.

    Blessings to you and your family,

    Phil Stinnett (at IBM from 1969 to 1993) (Contractor at IBM from 1994 to 2002)

  2. Dawn Gardner

    Pauline, Alike, Polly, and Margaret, I am so sorry about the loss of your husband and father. I will never forgot our last conversation at beach polo during his Newport visit, we had a very enlightening talk. I feel very lucky to have met him. Hugs and kisses to you all during this very sad time. Give an extra squeeze to Eleni and Paulini for me.
    Lots of love!

  3. George J Pashales

    Hi Helen
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and family.
    Will be out of town and not able to join you!

  4. Darryl Mullins

    What a wonderful man and loving family. Our times together will always be cherished . God bless his family and those that John has touched over the years, starting with me.


  5. John White


    We will forever miss you .

    You never knew you were my Hero !

    Your Pizza Buddy

  6. Jenny Eury

    It was always a delight to visit with John in the pizza truck at the State Fair long after we had worked together at IBM on Lake Boone Trail. His caring nature and pleasant smile will be fondly remembered .

  7. Tom Ellis and wife Nancy

    Pauline, Polly, Margaret and Aliki, Please accept these few words of sympathy on the loss of John. How fortunate to have met him and shared love of family. Your earthly loss is Heaven’s gain. Take comfort in the good memories of your husband and father of three beautiful daughters. Galations 5:22 is a reflection of John Compos.
    Tom Ellis and wife Nancy.

  8. Ernest G. Charles


  9. John, Peter, Nancy and Thalia Marmaras

    We send our condolences and deepest sympathy to all of the family and friends of John Compos. Wilmington has lost one of its best.
    A sweeter man GOD has not yet made.

    The Marmaras Family
    Bethesda, Maryland

  10. Judy Kincaid

    Dear Pauline,
    My deepest sympathies. It is a moment when I am pausing to reflect on all the love streaming from your family, and it warms my heart. So many smiles from your direction! I’m sure John touched many during his too-short time on this earth and leaves many with wonderful memories.
    Love to you and the girls.

  11. Ed & Mary de Vente

    Thanks for holding us together. This corner of the world is a better place because of your life style and contributions.

  12. S. Williamson

    Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of your dear loved one. I hope and pray that the God of comfort will strengthen you and your family during your time of sorrow. 2 Corinthians, Chapter 1, verse 3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort,

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