James William “Jim” LeCompte II
James William “Jim” LeCompte II, age 68 of Cassville, passed away peacefully at his home on December 15, 2019.
He was born December 1, 1951 at the Cassville Hospital on Main Street delivered by Dr. Mary Newman.
He attended Cassville High School, graduating in 1969, and was excited to celebrate his 50th reunion over the summer with his classmates. Subsequently, he attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and received his undergraduate degree in political science in 1973. He then attended the University of Arkansas School of Law where he received his juris doctor (J.D.) in 1976.
He met his wife Gayle after they were set up by, mutual friend, Chloe Epperly in 1982. They cheered on the Cassville Wildcats at a home football game as their first date.
On June 2, 1984, Jim and Gayle were united in marriage at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Monett, Missouri and honeymooned in the San Francisco Bay Area. They celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary this past year.
He is survived by his wife Gayle Ann LeCompte; three children, daughter Danielle Dove LeCompte and her husband Ryan Thomas, daughter Gabrielle Dawn LeCompte, and son James William “Wil” LeCompte III; brother Richard LeBoyd LeCompte and his wife Nancy and their two children Remy and DeVere LeCompte; aunt Marylyn Hilton; and one grandson Boyd William Thomas.
Preceding him in death are his parents, Barbara Zane LeCompte and James William “Bill” LeCompte.
Since birth, he was an active member of the Cassville United Methodist Church, singing in the choir with his parents, and teaching Sunday school for over 20 years. He proudly attained his Eagle Scout commendation in high school. After establishing his private practice in Cassville, he practiced law for over 40 years. He served as board chairman of the Barry County Tax Board for the Developmentally Disabled catering to individuals with special needs for over two decades. Ever devoted to his own children, he coached softball, soccer, basketball, and provided the occasional dance competition commentary.
He was an academic, lover of excellent food, enjoyed travel, and all Arkansas Razorback sports. But mostly, he was a loving and generous husband, father, and grandfather, and this he considered to be his greatest achievement.
Memorial contributions are suggeseted to the SONbeam Preschool of the United Methodist Church in Cassville or The Maren Fund, a non-profit educational organization for children with Down Syndrome, in St. Louis. https://www.marenfund.org/donate2018
Services will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday, December 19th, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Cassville, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville. Pastor Jeff Fugitt will conduct services. The family will receive friends from 9:00 until 10:00 AM Thursday at the Cassville United Methodist Church.
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