James Howard Campbell, 78, of Butler, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 31, 2013 from the Johnson City Medical Center. A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late Herman and Destamona Campbell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Richie Lee Burchett; three brothers, Leonard, Ray, and Harold Campbell; and one sister, Irene Pritchard.
Howard was a member of Elk River Baptist Church. He worked for Tri-State Container for many years and retired from Summers- Taylor. He was also a member of Roan Creek Lodge #649 in Butler, Tennessee. Howard loved his family and the outdoors.
Survivors include his wife of fifty nine years, Ida Lou Campbell, of the home; three sons, Michael Gryder, Raleigh, NC; Melvin Campbell, Morganton, NC; and Gary Campbell, Butler; three daughters, Alesia Lorentz, Johnson City; Teresa Trivette and Sheila Trivette, both of Butler; two sisters, Ruby Hatley, Elizabethton; and Lorene Miller, Johnson City; one brother, Paul Campbell, Butler; ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; a special nephew in his life that he thought of as a son, Doug Hatley; Jerry Ludrosky, his deer hunting buddy; and Allie Pearson, a very special great granddaughter.
The funeral service for Mr. Campbell will be conducted at 7:00 PM on Monday, June 3, 2013 in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton with Rev. Charles Cable and Rev. Ronnie Campbell, officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM 7:00 PM in the funeral home chapel, prior to the service on Monday; or at the residence at anytime. Music will be under the direction of Rev. Ronnie Campbell.
The graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 in the Campbell Cemetery in Butler. Active pallbearers will be grandsons, Joe Trivette, Ricky Burchett, Michael Gilbert, and Andrew Campbell; and, Phil Lorentz, Ronnie Trivette, Jerry Ludrosky, and Doug Hatley. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Trivette, Leonard Gilbert, Ronnie Campbell, and Dr. Jeff Ferrell. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, to go in procession.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to Elk River Baptist Church, 5117 Highway 321, Butler, TN 37640.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton is serving the Campbell family. Office 423 542-2232, Obituary line 543-4917.