John R. (Paw) Campbell, of Powder Springs, Georgia, passed away peacefully March 6, 2014, at Tranquility Hospice in Austell, Georgia.
John R. was born on June 18, 1925, in Washington County Tennessee, to the late Oliver and Minnie Howell Campbell. He was a resident of Elizabethton, Tennessee, until 2011, when the love of his life, Dorothy Jean (Tootsie) McKinney Campbell, entered God’s Kingdom. Shortly afterwards, he moved to Powder Springs to be close to his son, Randy.
Paw was active and dearly loved by all the residents of Spring Mountain Assisted Living, where he lived. Prior to moving to Georgia, he was very active in First Free Will Baptist Church of Elizabethton. He was Treasurer for 40 years, was a Deacon and sang in the choir. Although he attended the Presbyterian Church in Georgia, he made it clear he would never move his membership from First Free Will.
He retired as Superintendent of the Water Department of the City of Elizabethton after a 30 plus year career there. He was an award winning member of the Tennessee Waterworks Association.
John R. was a proud Veteran of World War II, where he served in Europe.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Gary Allen Campbell; daughter-in-law, Margaret White Campbell; and brother, Bill Campbell.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Susan Campbell, grandson, Garrett Campbell, all of Powder Springs, Georgia; grandson and wife, Ian and Anne Campbell, of Acworth, Georgia; grandson and wife, Jonathan and Stacy Campbell, of Johnson City, Tennessee; and great grandson, Jesse Warren Campbell, also of Johnson City. He was looking forward to the birth of another great grandchild in August, to Ian and Anne. He is also survived by his sister, Katherine Emmert, of Elizabethton, Tennessee; a niece, Sandy Campbell, of Mountain City, Tennessee; and several great nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Sunday, March 9th, from 3 to 4 p.m., at Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton, with the funeral immediately following at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Nathan Jennings, Rev. Jack Lloyd and Rev. Rodney Bailey officiating. Music will be provided by Ian Campbell, Alecia Holder and Carolyn Pleasant, Pianist.
Graveside Service and Interment will be at Mountain Home National Cemetery in Johnson City, at 10 a.m. Tuesday March 11th, with full military honors by the American Legion & Tennessee National Guard. Pallbearers, who are requested to meet at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. to go to the cemetery, will be the grandsons: Ian Campbell, Garrett Campbell, Jonathan Campbell and R.L. Hambrick, Tommy Pleasant and Grady Holder. Honorary pallbearers are the church family of First Free Will Baptist Church and Shannon Long.
To those who prefer memorials may be made to First Free Will Baptist Church, 706 First Street, Elizabethton, TN, in honor of John R. Campbell.
Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday to go to the cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.