Robert Lee Campbell, 86, of Oak Hill WV passed away peacefully on Friday, March 31, 2023 at his residence.
Born July 20, 1936 in Willis Branch, WV he was the son of the late Damon Roy and Ethel Rakes Campbell. He is survived by his Sister Betty Canterbury (husband William) of Oak Hill WV and his brother Damon Roy Campbell of Seattle WA
One small obituary does not begin to touch the depth of his amazing life. Robert was a 1955 graduate from Collins High School. During his 86 years of an extremely healthy life, he was very proud of being an entrepreneur throughout his lifetime. His portfolio of business endeavors included one of the country’s largest collision/body shops that was open 24 hrs a day, a towing business, new home construction company, multiple gas stations, several nightclubs / restaurants, a chain of insurance adjusting firms, and automobile dealerships. His businesses created hundreds of jobs,. Even though his careers and businesses allowed him to connect with thousands of people and supported hundreds of families, he was always proud of his own family. Having been married to Louella McGraw Campbell for 41 years before she passed away in July of 1997, the couple had 4 children together, Ricky Byron Campbell, Ronnie Lee Campbell, Kerri Lynn Campbell and Greg Alan Campbell, and from these children produced his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
His son Ricky Campbell and his significant other Jane Whitmore of Oak Hill WV Rick’s children are:
Nicole Sexton (Husband John) and their children, Kaylynn and Clinton Sexton of York SC
Ricky Lee Campbell
(wife Jessica) and their daughters, Summer, Peyton, and Ava Campbell of Beaver WV
Eric Gilliam of Oak Hill WV and Latisha Gilliam-Husted of Lynchburg VA
Children from his son Ronnie Lee Campbell of Crab Orchard WV:
Linda Fox of Hudson FL
Michael Ross Lane and his son Michael Sean Lane of Appomattox, Virginia
Children from his daughter, Kerri Campbell Shrewsberry (whom she proceeded him in death 1 year earlier) and her husband Dean Shrewsberry of Port Charlotte FL :
Robert “Bobby” Thomas Jr and his wife Paula and their son Bryson Thomas of Fayetteville WV
Britny Burgess of Winchester Va
Dean Alan “Boogie” Shrewsberry of Port Charlotte FL
Children from his son Greg Alan Campbell of Keystone Heights FL are Greg Alan Robert Campbell II and Julia Louella Campbell
After his first wife Louella passed away, he remarried Yvonne Floyd Campbell. Marrying Yvonne enlarged his family circle and gave him more children, and grandchildren to love and cherish.
His family grew with two more sons Dylan and Rilen Campbell and Yvonne’s daughter, Anna Richards of Charleston WV and her two daughters Hannah Richards and Jamie Baldwin. Hanna Richards two children, Kyden Richards and Adrien Green of Hurricane WV. Jamie Baldwin’s children: Steven Richards, Trinity Richards and Ka’shan Echols of Charleston WV ,
And Yvonne’s Son Bubby Richards and his son Justin Richards of Cedar Grove WV , all added more love to be shared.
His sister Betty Canterbury and her husband Bill’s children, Bob’s niece Sandy Canterbury-Scarborough (husband David) and their daughter Lisa Scarborough-Richmond, of Oak Hill WV and his nephew Curtis Canterbury (wife Mary Jane) and their sons Kevin and Michael Canterbury of Oak Hill WV were all a part of his lifetime.
Bob’s love for music was endless and started in high school as a member of the Collins High School Marching Band playing the trumpet and other instruments. However drums became his passion as he played the drums with various bands up until he was 84 at various events and venues across the state. His band members were like family was well. His love for West Virginia University and Marshall University was a pastime that he cherished as often as he could. Upon retiring he became more involved in church and became a full time member of the Soul Seekers Church with Pastor Shane Thomas in Bradley WV and gave his life to the Lord and is now resting in peace with the loved ones who passed on before him
Funeral service will be 1:00 pm Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Beckley, WV.
Visitation for friends will be one hour prior to service at the funeral home in Oak Hill.
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Arrangements were made by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.