COMPTON, Dorothy Ayers, 88, of Tampa, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Dot was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. She attend the University of Georgia, where she was President of the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, and graduated with a B.S. degree. She worked for Georgia Gas, and was an early pioneer in television cooking, as she hosted a weekly show on local television in Atlanta. In 1950 she married Jack T. Compton. They moved to Tampa, where she devoted the balance of her life to her family, her church, her friends, and her community. Dot was a very active member of Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church for almost 60 years. She served as an Elder, a teacher, and as President of the Women of the Church. For over 40 years she was a volunteer at St. Joseph's Hospital, where she provided compassionate care with her gentle Southern style to patients and their families on the surgical floor. Dot was a member of Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club, The University Club, The Chiselers, and a number of other civic and social organizations. Dot will be fondly remembered for her cooking skills, and for her uncanny ability to raise beautiful orchids in the backyard of her Tampa home of 48 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack T. Compton, and is survived by sons Allen T. and James A., grandson Jack T. II, in addition to nephews and nieces in Georgia and South Carolina. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 2, at 11 a.m., at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, with the Reverend John T. DeBevoise officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, 3501 San Jose St., Tampa, FL, 33629, or to a
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Published in TBO.com on March 1, 2012