JACKSONVILLE - Paul Gerard Campbell, 87, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Onslow Memorial Hospital. Mr. Campbell was born on May 12, 1925, in Fall River, Mass., and was a long-time resident of Jacksonville. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, April 8, at the Infant of Prague Catholic Church. Burial with full military honors will follow at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.
A veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, Mr. Campbell was a retired gunnery sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps. In September of 2007, he was recognized with a "Hardcore Warrior" award from the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base Military Retiree Council and former base commander Col. Adele E. Hodges for his service during those conflicts.
Mr. Campbell is preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine Ferry Campbell; daughter, Elaine Dorothy Campbell; and son, John Vincent Campbell.
Survivors include six children, Michael Campbell and his wife Catherine of Emerald Isle, Claude Campbell and his wife Elaine of Westlake, Ohio, Paul Campbell and his wife Sheri of Chesterfield, Mo., Diane Gelinger and her husband Gary of Cape Carteret, Susan Campbell Phillips of Jacksonville, and Lisa McManis and her husband Richard, also of Jacksonville. Survivors also include 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert Campbell of Churchton, Md., Maurice Campbell of Cranston, R.I., Vincent Campbell of Fall River, Mass., Pierre Campbell of Raytown, Mo.; and sister, Georgette Campbell Buffington of Marston Mills, Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org) in memory of GySgt Paul G. Campbell, USMC (Ret.).
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
Condolences may be left at jonesfh.org or at JDNews.com.