Albert Westbrook “Buck” Compton Jr. was born and raised in Nanafalia, Alabama, where he began a long and successful career in Alabama’s cattle industry. To this day, Compton’s Charolais herd is one of the largest in the South on his 1,200-acre cattle and timber farm in Marengo County.
Compton has owned cattle since his youth when he was a member of 4-H and Future Farmers of America. In 1950, he entered Alabama Polytechnic Institute as a student and had already grown his herd to more than 10 cows. He served as president of the School of Agriculture and vice president of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and graduated with a degree in agricultural sciences in 1954.
Following his time at Auburn, Compton served in the U.S. Air Force as an airman and lieutenant and married his wife, Barbara. After his time in the service, he returned to the farm where he and his father, Albert Compton Sr., expanded their cattle and farming operation. He began exclusively raising pure-bred Charolais cows in the early 1980s. Since then, he has been a devoted supporter of the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association and the performance-tested bull test program. Compton was instrumental in establishing the West Central Alabama Grazing Test and sale.
In addition to his cattle herd, Compton owns a timber operation, a pulpwood dealership and the Compton Country Store, which is still in its original location at the intersection highways 10 and 69 in Nanafalia.
Compton has served as a leader in several cattle-related organizations. He served as president of the Alabama Charolais Association and as director of the Marengo County Cattlemen’s Association. In 1981 he was elected president of the American International Charolais Association and in 1988, as president of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.
In 1998, Compton was named by Alabama’s chapter of the Beef Cattle Improvement Association as Seedstock Producer of the Year. He served as president for the Alabama Purebred Beef Breeds Council, chairman of the Marengo County Soil and Water District and on the board of the BMW Hospital in Demopolis. His career has led him to a number of countries in South and Central America including Cuba, Mexico and Argentina.
The Comptons have two daughters, Jan and Cindy, and five grandchildren. They live in Marengo County.