Berry Funeral Home

3704 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN


Michael David Compton

November 29, 1952February 12, 2020

Michael Compton passed away on February 12, 2020, after what he dubbed “a good ride.” If Mike had written his own obituary, it would have likely reported that he had “gone toes up.” He was a devoted father to his two daughters and sons-in-law, the proudest of papaws to his two grandsons, fiercely loyal brother, and the cool uncle to several nephews and nieces. Mike’s career in stage design took him all over the country and the world, from Vegas shows to Miss Universe pageants. His talents eventually led him to Dixie Stampede, where he gained an extended family. Mike’s work ethic and sense of humor were second to none, but his kindness and generosity toward others will be his legacy. He was a mentor to many and a friend to all. A true optimist and one-liner artist, he often quipped “it’ll take more than that to ruin my day” and “it’s only money.” Mike was born in Knoxville and lived his final days with his oldest daughter, Laura, who he finally forgave for skipping school in the 10th grade. Family and friends will gather at Mt. Olive Cemetery on February 16, 2020 for a 2:00 PM graveside service. A celebration of life and a Coors Light toast will follow at a later date. Online condolences can be made to the family at Berryfuneralhome.com.


  • Graveside Service Sunday, February 16, 2020


Michael David Compton

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Cathy Bennett

February 15, 2020

I worked with Mike at Dixie,we had many,many laughs and talks ,he'll be sadly miss,RIP Mike

Amanda Copeland (Maples)

February 14, 2020

Laura, your dad was a super cool dad. I have great memories of spending time in your house as a kid. He always made you laugh. And he was pretty forgiving when we did stupid teenage things! I am truly sorry for your loss and will be lifting your family up in prayer.

Corinne Rovetti

February 13, 2020

And a good ride it was!
Much love to Kiley and Laura for being such doting daughters and easing his journey here at the end.
May his spirit fly free at last from his tired body!