Beverly Compton

August 09, 1934 ‒ September 03, 2017

Centerburg, Ohio

Beverly Jean Compton, of Centerburg, Ohio, died late Sunday morning, September 3, 2017 at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville, from complications due to a fall in her home a few days previously. She passed away peacefully, in the presence of loved ones. She was 83.

She was born in Cleveland in 1934; in childhood, her family moved to Fredericktown, Ohio, where she graduated from Fredericktown High School in 1952.

Soon thereafter she met and fell in love with Ralph Compton, fresh out of the U.S. Air Force and the youngest in a family of twelve children from Centerburg. Ralph and Bevie were married on November 10, 1955 in Fredericktown Methodist Church; Ralph began farming (at first full-time, later while also working at Nestle’s in Sunbury) and the young couple began raising a family, Bev giving birth to Beth (1956), David (1959), and Cathy (1961).

While raising the kids, restoring a historic Pony Express stop on Old Route 3 (featured in the Columbus Dispatch, and the family home to this day), and staying busy as a farm wife, Bev also worked full time: Bailey’s Veterinary Supply, Centerburg (4 years) and First Knox National Bank, Centerburg (15+ years). All this time, she had a dream: to open a business of her own that specialized in country-themed gifts and collectibles, and in 1988 Bev opened The Country Window, on Barnes Road in Centerburg. The business thrived, especially during Bev’s annual holiday open houses each fall, where customers from around Ohio, the Midwest and the United States returned yearly, signing their names to The Country Window’s guest book and catching up over hours of small talk with Bev.

Indeed, Beverly Compton loved to visit. She was fascinated by the pageant of life and its participants. She loved books and reading. She loved art and beautiful things. She loved creating. She loved Facebook, sometimes a little too much. She loved Ohio State sports. She loved the company of her friends and the hours of chat they effortlessly dispatched. She loved Kristi’s Bakery in Centerburg. More than anything, she loved her family. She loved them as much as she possibly could, every day of her life.

Bev is preceded in passing by her parents, Ruth and Beryl Garverick, and her husband, Ralph (1994). And by Lucky the cocker spaniel (1997), her best friend after Ralph died.

Beverly is survived by children Beth (Compton) Weiss and husband Steve Weiss of Westfield, IN, David Compton and wife Kris (Powell), of Apple Valley, and Cathy (Compton) McCathern and husband Stephen McCathern, of Centerburg; grandchildren Eric McCathern, Nicole McCathern, Chelsea (Compton) Skaggs (w/husband Michael Skaggs), Autumn McCathern, Carly Compton, and Kendall Compton; great-grandchild Emerson Skaggs; and by her brother Gerald “Gus” Garverick (wife Joan) of Shelby, Ohio. And by all of her friends; too many, alas, to mention here. It’s hard to emphasize strongly enough just how much you enriched Bevie’s days.

Calling hours will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 7, 2017, at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury, Ohio.

Funeral services will consist of a viewing from 12:00 noon to 1 p.m., followed by a service at 1:00 p.m., on Friday, September 8, 2017, at Centerburg United Methodist Church, followed by a memorial service at Eastview Cemetery, Centerburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Centerburg High School Track Fund: 119 South Preston Street, Centerburg, Ohio, 43011.

The Devore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Beverly’s family. Special memories and condolences can be expressed to them at

“There is no peace that cannot be found in the present moment.”
― Tasha Tudor


  • So very sad to lose another “Angel on Earth”! Bev was so good at everything she did and the BEST at being a friend. Rest in Peace Dear Lady, because when I come through the Pearly Gates I’ll be looking for you and we’ll get “caught up”!!!! XO BG

  • One of the nicest people I’ve known. She was such a good friend to my mother. My condolences to the family.

  • Dearest Bev, I can’t believe you are gone! You were my “forever friend”. There are no words I can find to describe my loss. My how I will miss you…

  • Dear Beverly, remember babysitting your kids in Fredericktown when I was in high school while you and Ralph bailed hay. My deepest sympathy to your kids and family. You were a good friend..Many will miss you.

  • To the families, so very sorry to hear of the death of your loved one, she was a friend and graduated in my sisters class. Many blessings and prayers at this time of sorrow.

  • I was truly sadden to hear of Bev’s passing. She was loved by all of our family, a true friend to our mother Mary Ann. My prayers are with all of you as you go through this difficult time.

  • Oh no! Not another classmate gone. The obit is incorrect. Bev graduated with all of us in the Class of 1953 at FHS. 1953 not 1952!
    I hadn’t seen Bev for awhile but I used to stop and visit when going to and from Columbus, which I don’t do any more! I think of her often.

  • Dear Bev – Loved you to pieces and will miss you so much!!! You will always have a special place in my 💓…..

  • So sorry for your loss I remember I used to take the girls to her shop and get concrete statues and crafts from her shop. She will be missed

  • To the families of Bev Compton.
    Prayers of comfort during this time of sorrow. Bev was a great person and will be missed by many.

  • We are so saddened by the loss of your loved one. Bev was a special lady & a good friend, and I certainly appreciated all her help over the years. She will be missed and our prayers will be with you all during this sad time.

  • Truly saddened to hear of Bev’s passing. She was indeed a lovely women full of spirit. She gave us all the gift of her love. She carries a special place in all of our hearts. Sadly missed.

    • Liz, Jessie and Jenifer ,

      Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts. Yes, she will be so missed.

    • Liz, Jessie and Jenifer ,

      Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts. Yes, she will be so missed.

  • I am one of “those hours of chat” friends of Bevie. That’s what we did in person. We did it on the phone, probably way too much!
    The loss of her has left a huge hole in my heart. She was a great friend, we had some wonderful, some funny, some sad, and, some, just plain hysterical times together.
    She never met a stranger, if they were, they didn’t stay one long. Lots of times, I do believe they told her personal stuff, because they could tell, this lady actually cares! That was Bevie, there will never be another like her!
    Rest In Peace my dear friend❤️
    P. S. Bob got a big kick out of her, she would sometimes call him “Buster”(he too will miss her calls, they talked too)

  • My deepest sympathies and condolences to the family having lived in Centerburg 33 years i have met many wonderful people. And Bev was as sweet and kind as they come.She will be sadly missed….. God Bless…. RIP Bev

  • How much I enjoyed dropping in the shop. I’ve got quite a few items I bought from her. It was never a quick shopping trip because while trying to look at all the goodies we always talked about this and that. She was so much fun and I miss those open house events. I know she is happy to be with Ralph again. Prayers for strength for her family. You will never get over it but you will come to accept it. All my love to you all. Candy McCracken

  • Bev’s sweet spirit and beautiful smile will make the stars a little brighter in Heaven. We first met her at her darling little shop outside of Centerburg, and she made us feel so welcome. We found out that we had mutual friends who were her relatives in Fredericktown. We still have the deer and the dog in our yard that we got from them, as reminders of a great couple. We are sending her family and friends our deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Wayne and I deeply regret hearing of Bev’s passing, she will truly be missed. Loved visiting at shop and talking to her. Such a sweet lady. Wayne talks of Ralph and his farming days with fond memories. Prayers of comfort to the family. Wayne and Bonnie Rutherford

  • So sad to hear this news. Bev was a family favorite…loved her laugh! I know there is a big family reunion going on in heaven right now.

  • Dear Bev, my heart is weeping over your passing. We shared a passion for Tasha Tudor and you always had something new of hers that I could give to my mother. Just one of special memories I will keep tucked in my heart, forever.
    Shine bright, sweet Beverly.

  • Our sympathies to all of you. Bev was a nice lady. She will be missed. Prayers to all of you.

  • Dave, I am so sorry for your great loss of your mother. She was always waving and smiling as I drove by her house daily.Such a great Lady.Thinking of you and your family in the days to come.

  • Gus and family so sorry for the loss of your sister. Wwe used to talk a lot when we both worked at the bank.

  • We are truly saddened to learn of Bev’s passing. We both worked with Bev at First-Knox for many years. She made coming to work a delight. She always had a smile. God enriched our lives with her presence. Those in heaven are enjoying her now.

    Bruce and Marilyn Hite

  • Never have I known anyone with so much love in their heart. I will miss you my friend. Thank you for making me feel so loved when we would see each other. I am sure that sweet Ralph is with you again and all is well.

    • Becky thank you. She thought of you as a dear friend as well. We can rest knowing they are together again. Beth, Dave and cathy

  • As well as visiting the shop and purchasing several items, will miss the great chats we’ve had over the years. Bev was one of my favorite people. Could always make me laugh and brighten the day. Will truly miss her.

  • The Emmets family sends their prayers and thoughts to Dave and his family.
    Mrs. Compton was a wonderful person and I always enjoyed talking to her.
    Having lost my Mother on May 11, I know how you are feeling. May God’s peace surround your family this week and in the coming months. Love you guys!!

  • Beth, Dave and Cathy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Your mom was a very special lady, she will be missed greatly. There is a reunion in heaven. With alot of dear friends and family…”The Farm Council Group” you bet will be all telling stories. My God comfort all of you and hold you close in his arms during this most difficult time. RIP peace Bev.

  • Dave, Cathy, and Beth, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Bevy was one of a kind. She made us laugh so many times when she talked about your dad! She is in Heaven with your dad now. At peace. The loss of a mother is so hard and hurts your heart. You are in our prayers . May God comfort your family and give you comfort in in knowing she is at peace. In loving memory, Dick, Teresa,Tim and Matt Jayjohn

  • So sorry to hear of your Mother, my cousin, Beverly’s passing. I was only able to visit once in adulthood,but so enjoyed our visit catching up and visiting her “County Window”. I still have a magnet she gave me.
    We were close in childhood as our mother’s were great friends and our father’s were twins. I always regretted not being close enough to visit more.