KINGS MOUNTAIN – Edward "Ed" Gordon Campbell, 89, a resident of 503 Allison Court, Kings Mountain, NC, went to be with his heavenly Father on Saturday, February 22, 2014. He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Charles B. Campbell and Bertie Hughes Campbell. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Wilson Campbell, son Edward Gordon "Butch" Campbell, Jr. and brother Charles B. Campbell, Jr.
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Ed has had a long and distinguished career, named to the Gardner-Webb Gallery of distinguished Alumni and was honored as Junior College Alumnus of the Year. He graduated in 1948 and furthered his education at Western Carolina University. He established a lucrative career as vice-president of sales for Kenneth G. Lilly Fastener's Inc.
Prior to attending Gardner-Webb, Campbell served in the World War II and sailed in the North Russian convoys from 1942-1945 with the US Merchant Marines and U.S. Navy. Due to his involvement with the convoys, he was invited in 1992 to the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC to receive a medal from the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Vladmir P. Lukin.
He frequently speaks to history classes at Kings Mountain High School and relates his experiences during the Great Depression as well as World War II. Ed is a member of First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, NC.
Ed Campbell was a loving husband, a wise father and a proud grandfather. He lived his life in a straightforward no nonsense fashion that cen-tered on doing things with honor and integrity. His life was an example of how it should be done and his presence, his humility and his com-passion made him a leader in his community, an inspiration to many and a friend to all.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Phyllis Henderson Campbell, of Kings Mountain, two sons, Stephen Scott Campbell and wife Marsha, of Kings Mountain and Craig Roberts and wife Karen, of Greenville, a daughter, Yvette Cooke and husband David, of Trinity, NC and grandchil-dren Summer Campbell and Lauren Campbell both of Kings Mountain, Austin Cooke and wife Anna Claire, Hayden Cooke, Amber Cooke, all of Trinity, NC, Colton Roberts, Shelton Roberts, Mackenzie Roberts, all of Greenville, NC and great grandchild Judah Cooke and sister Colleen Williford, Ft. Myers, Florida.
The funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3 p.m., Dr. John Sloan , officiating.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday night, February 24, at First Presbyterian Church.
Internment will be at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, with full military honors.
Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, "Mission Readiness" 605 W. King Street, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, First Presbyterian Church, 111 E. King Street, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, Gardner-Webb Alumni Association, P.O. Box 997, Boiling Springs, NC 28017
A guest register is available at www.HarrisFuenrals.com
Arrangements are being handled by Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain.
Harris Funeral Home, Inc.
108 South Piedmont Ave.
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
Published in Gaston Gazette on Feb. 24, 2014