Thursday, February 21, 2019

Foots Compton

Deward Wilson "Foots" Compton

May 26, 1921
Murfreesboro, TN

October 30, 2001
Abilene, TX

1938-39 Kittrell High School - Murfreesboto, TN (High School)
1939-40 Castle Heights Military Academy - Lebanon, TN (Prep School)
1943-44 Convair - Nashville (Independent)
1944-45 University of Kentucky (College)
1945-46 University of Kentucky (College)
1946-47 University of Louisville (College)
1947-48 University of Louisville (College)
1948-49 Nashville Vols (SPBL)
1961-62 Kittrell High School - Murfreesboto, TN (High School) Head coach

Deward Compton, a lanky athlete from rural Tennessee, received the nickname "Foots" due to his size 15 feet. He lead small Kittrell High School to the Tennessee State Championship game for basketball and would enter the military for World War 2. After serving, he went to the University of Kentucky before transferring to Louisville. After graduating, he played pro basketball with the Nashville Vols in the Southern Basketball League. He would coach at his old high school as well as working for the Murfreesboro Frieght Lines for 32 years. He would eventually move to Abilene, Texas, to live with his daughter, where he died in 2001 at 80.

Compton had two daughters.

Daily News-Journal, November 6, 2001


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