Sherman Roby “Humpy” Campbell passed away on Wednesday, July 13th, at Franklin Woods Hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee. He was within one month of reaching his 97th birthday.
During the first 95 years of his life, he remained active and productive and enjoyed his life to the fullest. But, over the past 2 years he spent most of his time mounting a courageous battle against health problems related to his advanced years.
Significantly, even during his illness he continued exercising his leadership role as patriarch of the Campbell family and showed strong passion for his family, his fellowman and his country. Most importantly, he continued to express his belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and as his personal Lord and Savior and he never wavered in his faith that he would enjoy eternal life as promised in God’s Word.
Before retiring in the 1970s, Sherman was the owner of Campbell’s Auto Paint and Body Shop in Johnson City and was highly regarded for the quality of service he provided.
During his early adult years, he contributed approximately 20 years of service to his community through the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department. He took great pride in and appreciated greatly his experience in coaching baseball in the city’s Pony League, Babe Ruth League and Little League and spoke often about how blessed he was to have had an opportunity to positively impact the lives of countless numbers of young boys. For his contributions he was later honored by being inducted into the Parks and Recreation Wall of Fame.
During his later adult years, Sherman became one of Johnson City’s most proficient and respected bowlers. He was on several city championship teams and competed at a high level in state and national tournaments. As a senior bowler, he won the State Senior Championship for several years. But, more than winning, he valued greatly the many friendships which he developed and enjoyed by being involved in bowling until he became ill at the age of 95.
Sherman was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Lena Mae Taylor Campbell. Also, he preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Elsie Campbell; his brother, Charles; and his two sisters, Mary and Fay.
He is survived by two sisters, Marie and Geneva; his half brother, Daniel; and by his four sons: CW (Mary Lee), Jack (Diane), Bill (the late Carol Allison), and Ken (Margaret). He is also survived by seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Pall bearers will be grandsons: Ricky Allen Campbell, Randy Lee Campbell, Michael Andrew Campbell, Bradford Sherman Campbell; grandson-in-law: Casey R. Smith; great grandsons: Chris Campbell and Colt Campbell.
The funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at 11:00 AM in the East Chapel of the Appalachian Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Pelham and Mr. Allen Haney officiating.
The family will receive friends prior to the service from 9:00 to 11:00 AM in the East Parlor of the funeral home.
Interment will be in Monte Vista Memorial Park following the funeral.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Campbell family. 928-6111