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John Campbell Obituary
Campbell, John
Aug 23, 1933 - Feb 8, 2018
John "Johnny" Campbell, 84, entered the gates of heaven on Thursday, February 8th, 2018, surrounded by family and friends. A lifetime resident of Sarasota, John made his living as a cabinet maker after graduating from Sarasota High School in 1951. John was known as the baby of the family. He was Riley and Eliza's 12th of 13 children, 9 of whom lived to adulthood. He is survived by his sister Beatrice Hardy of Indio, CA and brothers Edsel and Robert of Sarasota. Claude, Woodrow, Grace, Joseph, Leona Sanders, Desmond, Sybil Kelsey, and 2 infants preceded John in death. John also leaves behind his beloved wife, Willadean (Oliver) of Indianapolis, IN; two daughters, Sandra DeShong (Dwayne) of Valrico, Stacey Milholland (David) of Sarasota, step-daughter Kelly Spyr (Charlie) of Indianapolis, IN, step-sons Mark Hill of Indianapolis and Timothy Hill (Gina) of Sarasota. John was adored by his grandchildren; Emily (Nathan) Fraser, Catherine Spyr, Zachary Hill, Ariel Pullman (d. 10/06/1991), Rachel Pullman, Christopher Hill, Jeremiah Pullman and Abigail Milholland. He was so very proud to have 3 great-grandchildren; Chloe, Zander and Carter. When it comes to nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and extended family, there are too many to count!!
To know John was to know how much he loved his church. A devoted Southern Baptist deacon, he was there any time the doors were open, and if they weren't open, he would open them. It would be impossible to list the roles he served over the years, but no-doubt he may have been best known for his barbequed chicken! John was a quiet man who knew no enemies. James 1:19 perhaps memorializes him best: "…be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry".
Services will be held Sunday February 25th at 1:19 pm at Osprey First Baptist Church. Donations may be made to Osprey First Baptist Church, 265 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229.
Published in Herald Tribune from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14, 2018
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