Wesley Rolland Crompton
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Hilton Head Island, SC. Wesley Rolland Crompton, of Hilton Head Island, South
Carolina, died on January 21, 2021 at the age of 94. A retired Methodist Minister, he
was born in Scranton, Pa. on March 25, 1926 to the late Rev. Dr. J. Rolland and Ruth
Crompton. He was a graduate of Wyoming Seminary, having served as a Life
Member on their Board of Trustees. He was also a graduate of Syracuse University
and Moravian Theological Seminary.
Mr. Crompton was a veteran of World War II, serving in the US Army Infantry. He
was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and received the Purple Heart Medal in
France for wounds suffered in action.
He married the former Anna Holak of Edwardsville, Pa. in 1950 and recently
celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Settling in Bridgeport, Connecticut, as
laypersons, they became members of a Committee of the New York East Conference
to establish a new Methodist Church in Fairfield, Connecticut. Following the initial
meeting of the Committee in their living room, they became the first Charter
Members of what is now the Fairfield-Grace United Methodist Church.
Upon their relocation to Pennsylvania, he entered the Methodist ministry.
Following in the footsteps of his father, J. Rolland Crompton and grandfather, John S.
Crompton, he became a third generation Methodist minister. In 1957 he served as a
local Pastor at churches in Evans Falls as well as Derr and Bennett Memorial
churches in Wilkes-Barre. In 1967, he received the Master of Divinity degree from
Moravian Theological Seminary and was ordained an Elder in the Methodist Church.
He was then appointed to Christ United Methodist Church in Mountain Top, and in
1970 was appointed to the Calvary United Methodist Church in Vestal, New York.
The remainder of his ministry was served in Administrative positions in the former
Wyoming Conference, initially as Conference Council Director and Administrator.
Prior to his retirement in 1991 he served as District Superintendent of the Scranton
(Pa) District and Dean of the Cabinet, and finally, as Conference Director of
Administrative Services and Treasurer. He also served as a delegate to General and
Jurisdictional Conferences of the United Methodist Church.
As much as they enjoyed their home at Lake Winola, Pa., where they had lived since
his retirement, they also looked forward to the winters spent in Arizona. He served
one term as President of the Board of Directors of Oasis Park in Scottsdale, the
community in which they lived. While in Arizona, he became involved in the North
Scottsdale United Methodist Church, leading a Bible Study for several years. In
2016, they moved from Pennsylvania to what had been their winter home in
Arizona. In 2019, they moved from Arizona to Hilton Head Island, SC.
He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Dr. Richard Crompton and in 2018,
his son Wesley, Jr. He is survived by his wife Anna of Hilton Head Island, SC,
daughter Ann and husband Michael Waters, Hilton Head Island, SC.; daughter-in-law
Helene, Scottsdale, AZ; grandchildren, Laura Ann (Waters) Newman and husband
Travis; Robert Waters and wife Alexandria; Ryan Crompton and wife Becky and
Adam Crompton. Two great grandsons, Chase and Bennett Newman, his sister
Patricia Westover and husband Dean and several nieces and nephews also survive
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Wyoming Seminary,
201 North Sprague Ave., Kingston, PA 18704. Graveside services with military
honors will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Beaufort National Cemetery
in Beaufort, SC. www.Keithfuneral.com