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The Reverend Doctor John David Campbell, Jr.

The Reverend Doctor John David Campbell, Jr., 90, of Shelby, NC, died at Hospice, Monday, September 18, 2017. He was predeceased by his parents: John D. Campbell, Sr. and Lucille North Campbell; his brother William Egbert Campbell, Sr. and infant sister; his first wife Betty Newton Campbell and his second wife Gretchen Palas Campbell.

Dr. Campbell is survived by his children: Alison Campbell Gilbert (Pete) of Shelby; John David Campbell, III (Lori) of Warner Robins, GA; Marya Nuss Outterson (Kevin) of Somerville, MA; and Andrew Nuss of Reno, NV. His grandchildren: Lauren & Ansley Campbell; Sarah Outterson Murphy (Bobby), Caitlin, Abigail & Meredith Outterson, and four great-grandchildren.

He graduated from Shelby High School, Georgia Military Academy in College Park, GA, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, his Masters of Divinity from Columbia Seminary in Decatur, GA, and his Doctorate of Ministry from McCormick Seminary in Chicago, IL. Dr. Campbell enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was sent to the South Pacific after Japan's surrender. He was an insurance and real estate apprentice for the Charles Hoey Agency in Shelby before feeling the call to ministry. He was ordained in Henry Memorial Presbyterian Church in Dublin, GA, after a student pastorate in Clarkesville, GA, and subsequently served Winter Park Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC, First Presbyterian Church in Milledgeville, GA, and First Presbyterian Church in Warner Robins, GA. After retirement in 1991, he and second wife, Gretchen, found a second career in interim pastorates beginning with his original church in Dublin; others followed at Presbyterian churches in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama. He shared his love for God and others through his ministry for fifty years, teaching Bible study at his assisted living home while his health allowed.

Dr. Campbell was a former President of the Dublin, GA, Rotary Club, a lifelong Rotarian and a Mason; served on the Board of Thornwell Home for Children, Clinton, SC, and the Board of Villa International, Atlanta, GA.

He especially enjoyed people, storytelling, hiking, traveling with Friendship Force and watching UNC Tar Heels basketball and UGA Bulldog football.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Brookdale Shelby for their love and care for Dr. Campbell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Shelby Presbyterian Church, PO Box 1444, Shelby, NC 28151-1444 or The William P. Mabry Endowed Scholarship Fund at Gardner Webb University, PO Box 997, Boiling Springs, NC 28017.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Shelby Presbyterian Church, Shelby, NC, at 2PM, Rev. Allen Huff and the Rev. Dr. Luke Harkey will be officiating. There will be a reception and receiving of friends in the church fellowship hall following the service.

Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Dr. Campbell.

Guest Registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com


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