Funeral service for Mr. George Perry Campbell will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches with the Rev. Bobby King and the Rev. Rex Humpreys officiating. Mr. Campbell passed away at his home on Sunday, Aug. 25, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Mr. Campbell was born to William Perry Campbell and Frances Jones Campbell on Jan. 7, 1941. He was preceded in death by his father. George Perry was a lifelong resident of Nacogdoches and a descendant of seven generations of Campbells, leading back to the mid 1800s. His great-great-grandfather, William R. Campbell, came to Nacogdoches County in 1847 and purchased land in Douglass in 1851. His great-grandfather, William Jefferson Campbell, was sheriff of Nacogdoches County at the turn of the century. His grandfather, Dr. George Perry Campbell, moved his family from Douglass to Nacogdoches to be closer to Memorial Hospital. Dr. Campbell was an honor graduate from the University of Texas Medical School and was named 'Typical Graduate" of the UT Medical Branch. George's father was a consignee for Mobil Oil Co. in Nacogdoches for over 30 years, and George joined him when he returned home from his military service. His father also served the City of Nacogdoches as city commissioner and mayor, and served Nacogdoches County as county clerk. George Perry served both the City of Nacogdoches and Nacogdoches County in many endeavors throughout his life. He loved Nacogdoches dearly and was a part of numerous projects while serving on the city commission. He served Nacogdoches County in many ways as land acquisition agent. Part of his life's work was to help develop and build Lake Naconiche. He was recently honored by Nacogdoches County with the street leading into the Lake Naconiche Park being named "George Perry Campbell Parkway". George Perry served his country in the Vietnam War with the rank of captain in the United States Army and received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Medic Badge and Bronze Star Medal. He served on the board of directors at Commercial Bank of Texas. He loved being a rancher and spending all his free time on the family ranch in Douglass, Texas. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. George is survived by his mother, Frances Jones Campbell; sister, Diane Campbell Hicks; brother, William David Campbell and wife, Marilyn Mann Campbell; nephews, Brian Perry Campbell and wife, Jonell Dyess Campbell, Jeffrey William Campbell and wife, Esther Allen Campbell, and David Jackson Hicks; nieces, Catherine Frances Hicks Landtroop and husband, James Franklin Landtroop Jr. and Jennifer Diane Hicks; and his special friend, Ruth Cedillo. George is also survived by his special "hunting group" and "lunch buddies," Mike Price, Nolan Smith, Bill Ball and Andy Delgado. Pallbearers will be Brian Perry Campbell, Jeffrey William Campbell, William Jefferson Campbell, Bryan Clifford Campbell, James R. Campbell, Ben Patton Covin, Tom Prewitt Senff III and Bradley Forrest King. Honorary pallbearers are Mike Price, Tommy Findeisen, Nolan Smith, Kenneth Sutton, Tommy Tucker, Bill Stevens, Forrest King, Dr. Tom P. Senff and Matt Tucker Jr. It was George's request that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to a
. Laird Funeral Home.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Aug. 29, 2013