UPDATE: AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Funeral arrangements for Lt. James Compton have been released.

Family will be receiving friends Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 P.M. at the Thomas Poteet Funeral home on Davis Road.

Funeral services are 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home chapel.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the death of a longtime deputy.

Lt. James Compton died Monday morning at the hospital after a sheriff’s office spokesperson says he had some sort of medical event at his home.

Lieutenant Compton had been with the sheriff’s office since 1996, and was an Augusta Police Officer for 7 years before that.

NewsChannel 6 sends our condolences to his family.

Many people from across the Augusta area community are posting, commenting and sharing on social media who Lt. J.R. Compton meant to them. Many people say something like– you just cannot think of an event at the Augusta Common without also thinking of Lt. Compton. For many, he is a component of what it means to celebrate in the Garden City.

“You just always just expect to see a friendly, happy face out here in uniform,” says Helen Blocker-Adams as she points references the Augusta Common.

Lt. Compton started with the Augusta Police Department back in 1989 and continued his police career with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at consolidation in 1996. He worked for RCSO until he died on Monday. For decades, Augusta events were impacted by Lt. Compton.

Blocker-Adams says he was the type who always made a friend.

“You could just see how he reached out to people. Just made people feel comfortable out here so anybody who is afraid of cops so to speak or to feel like they are the bad guys– no, no, no, no. Lt. Compton was one of the best.

Executive Director of the Greater Augusta Arts Council and organizer of Arts in the Heart, Brenda Durant, says he was also one of the best when it came to security.

“J.R. kept up with it. all the way. He grew with us. He managed multiple gates. He managed increased security,” Durant says.

Druant recently talked to him about his upcoming retirement and his excitement to spend more time with family.

“We knew that he was looking forward to retirement, spending time with his family, spending time with his grandchildren, working a little bit part time perhaps so we knew we weren’t going to have him working with us for Arts in the Heart, but we knew he was going to be there to advice if needed,” Durant says.

Durant says his expertise, passion and dedication will be missed dearly.

“I think we lose an example of a professional,” Durant says. “Someone who represented the city well. Someone who represented the sheriff’s department well, who was just a font of knowledge.”

We are communication with the sheriff’s office about upcoming memorial services for Lt. Compton. Count on NewsChannel 6 to keep you updated as we learn more about how you can pay your respects.

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