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R.D. Campbell age 90, of 821 R.D. Campbell Road, Butler, Tennessee passed away on Thursday December 19, 2013 at the Life Care Center of Elizabethton, Tennessee. R.D. was born on May 26, 1923 to Burson Campbell and Arizona Smith Campbell in Doeville, Tennessee. In addition to his parents, he was preceeded in death by his wife; Wilma Stansberry Campbell as well as three sisters, Lena Arnold, Laura Fritts, and Ena Elliott, a brother, Guy Campbell and a great-great grandchild, Tracy Potter.
He was a member of the Rock Springs Baptist Church, where he held the titles of Deacon, Choir Director, Church Clerk, Church Treasurer, Sunday School Superintendant and Teacher as well as Vacation Bible School Director and Teacher. He Graduated from Watauga Academy in Old Butler in 1943. R.D. was a member of the Jericho Shrine Temple in Kingsport TN and the Johnson County Shrine Club and was a member of the Roan Creek Masonic Lodge # 679 for 64 years.
Mr. Campbell taught in the Johnson County School System for over 31 years at various schools and was a principal and teacher for more than 23 years. He held several County positions in Johnson County including, Justice of the peace, County Court Magistrate for 18 years. Chairman and Vice Chairman of the County Court, County Executive, Probate Judge, and Juvenile Judge. He was a member of the board of director’s first Tennessee/Virginia development board, where he was chairman five years and vice chairman one year on the upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency for 15 years. He was on the Tri State Grower’s board of directors for 33 years.
Survivors include daughter, Maxine Carter and husband Ken, Kingsport, TN; son, Dean Campbell and wife, Jean, Butler, TN; grandchildren, Beverly Potter and husband Jr. LaPlata, Md., Herman Dean (Buzz) Campbell and wife Linda, Mountain City, TN, Renee Cook and husband Russell, Braselton, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Miller and husband Shane, Johnson City, TN; Tabitha and William Potter of LaPlata, MD; Cheyenne Campbell, Mountain City, TN; Reagan and Camden Cook, Braselton, Ga., Ryanne Miller, Johnson City, TN; special friends George Walker, Jim Hutchinson, and Wanda Casteel. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for R.D. Campbell were conducted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 8 pm. in the Charles B. Hux Memorial Chapel of the Hux Lipford Funeral Home with Rev. Dennis Wilson and Rev. Roy Wilson officiating. The family received friends from 6 pm until 8 pm prior to the funeral service. Pallbearers were all Masons of all Lodges. Honorary Pallbearers were: Bob Graybeal, Bill Murphy, Bob Regan, Dr. Don Tarr, Dr. Raina Sluder, Dr. Martin Tran, and employees of Life Care Center of Elizabethton, TN.
Masonic graveside services were conducted at 2 pm. on Sunday, December 22, 2013 in the Rock Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.
At other times friends may call at the residence of his daughter, Maxine Carter, 1916 Glademill Drive, Kingsport, Tennessee, or at the residence of his son, Dean Campbell, 891 RD Campbell Road, Butler, Tennessee.
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Professional services for R.D. Campbell are in the care of Hux-Lipford Funeral Home, 300 West Main Street, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683