The Rev. Herbert R. Compton Sr., a Baptist minister for more than 50 years, died of a heart attack Sunday, a day before his 86th birthday, in his apartment in the 2600 block of Mosher St.
Services will be held at 7 p.m. today at New Psalmist Baptist Church, 100 W. Franklin St.
A Virginia native, Mr. Compton came to Maryland with his family when he was 9 and was educated in Baltimore public schools. He left school in 1920 and began working as a cook in various country clubs in Ocean City, Atlantic City, N.J., and Long Island, N.Y.
In 1930, he married the former Esther M. Barnes, who died in 1986.
Mr. Compton founded Compton Employment Agency in 1946, which he operated out of his home on Carey Street and had branches in Baltimore, Richmond, Va., and New York. He retired from the agency in 1964, and his son, Herbert Compton Jr., closed it in 1971.